Appalachian Trail: Franconia Notch State Park to Zealand Notch

HARD 2 reviews

Appalachian Trail: Franconia Notch State Park to Zealand Notch is a 15.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Bethlehem, New Hampshire that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

15.1 miles
6,656 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash





nature trips




wild flowers


Monday, August 25, 2014

This one is NOT for the faint of heart! The first day climbs are steep so you better get your legs ready especially if you plan on lugging a heavy pack. Each step on the first ascent was like doing a deep squat. We were planning on making it to the Zealand Falls Hut in the first date but on our way as it was getting dark we came across a man who asked where we were heading. When we told him where he said "I couldn't make it to that hut tonight, and I'm an army ranger" so we ended up staying at the Guyot Campsite. We hiked in late Mat and there was still snow on the north faces of some of the mountains.

That being said this was a phenomenal hike and well worth the effort. The views are amazing and you really feel like you are in the wilderness as buildings are difficult to find even from the highest peak.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

This one will burn your legs, but the beauty and the feeling of accomplishment will make it worth while. Like the description said, this trail is not for beginners. There is a lot of elevation change and challenging terain.