Falling Waters Trail

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Falling Waters Trail is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3024 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Falling Waters Trail follows the rocky, rushing Dry Brook upstream to meet the Franconia Notch Trail. 0.5 miles below the summit is a 0.1 mile spur trail for "Shining Rock". This is an exposed slab of granite 200 ft tall by 800 ft wide.

hiking
4 days ago

One of my favorite trials in the area.

5 days ago

Amazing trail! As others have said here; take falling waters up and enjoy the waterfalls then cross over the Franconia Ridge and go down Old bridal trail. the whole thing took me my dog and my slower friend 8 hours to complete the loop.

hiking
13 days ago

Did an out and back to Little Haystack Mtn. A great four + hour hike. The waterfalls are viewed early, about half a mile in and get better as you continue for about another half mile. Once past the falls the trail gets steeper and more technical to the summit of Little Haystack. The view at the summit of Little Haystack is spectacular on a clear day and, gets better if you continue to Mt. Lincoln and Lafayette on the Franconia Ridge Trail. Then you can go down the Greenleaf Trail to the hut and continue down the Old Bridal Path Trail.

hiking
2 months ago

It's a nice trail, but don't do that, do the whole loop on the franconia ridge, it's definitely worth the few extra miles! You are already up there, so why skip the best part?

hiking
7 months ago

Great views. Micro spikes idea. Lots of ice and covered with a light layer of snow.

hiking
8 months ago

Very challenging even more so with the hordes of people using the trail. Regardless I enjoyed the hike up..,waterfalls were gorgeous. Unfortunately no view when I reached the Ridge trail.

hiking
8 months ago

This trail was so gorgeous and challenging! Views were insane, even on a cloudy day. Can't wait to get back there!

hiking
8 months ago

Did this hike today with my dog. Long and steep, slippery in places but worth the view at the top. Everyone on the trail was friendly and courteous.

hiking
9 months ago

it's rather difficult and challenging if you're well into middle-age and in normal physical condition and not seasoned mountain hiker, but feasible still (youngsters have no problems whatsoever). On a wet day, be very careful as it gets very slippery just about everywhere as you're mostly going on boulders or rocks. Nonetheless, I was delighted we did it, it's very beautiful.

9 months ago

Rocky and steep at points but well worth the work!

9 months ago

great hike for waterfalls

hiking
9 months ago

Pretty waterfalls, lots of rocks to scramble over. Steep in certain areas.

9 months ago

The waterfalls were cool to look at. Well marked and less trafficked than Old Bridle on the ascent to the Franconia Ridge trail.

hiking
10 months ago

This is an incredible hike, I did the loop so I saw the waterfalls and walked along the ridge. It is awesome. Check out my write up along with some other things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/lafayette

backpacking
10 months ago

Great trail, awesome start to our hike up LH, over the Franconia ridge, and down Lafayette for a night at Green Leaf hut. When they say "heavily traveled" they mean it. It was like a conveyor belt of hikers at time going up. I'm totally down with everyone getting out there and enjoying our natural world, it with that many people, always comes the rotten egg- for our hike it was the group of smokers who couldn't not light up on the trail. Oh well!

10 months ago

would recommend. nice steady climb with no real difficult parts. went up Falling Waters, over to Lafayette and down Old Bridle path. good day hike and get to stop at hut.

hiking
10 months ago

This trail is a ton of fun and beautiful. A perfect mix of scenic and green with physical challenge. Never a bored moment. It was misty the day I hiked it so the climb had a lovely mystique. That said, I definitely would not recommend this trail if it's actually raining because there is a considerable amount of sloping rocks that you have to ascend.

11 months ago

Pretty waterfalls!

11 months ago

Easy to hike. Well built trails. Nice waterfalls. Leave extra time to do Mt. Lincoln.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Very steep and rocky, but worth it. Beautiful land.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Awesome!

hiking
Saturday, November 26, 2016

beautiful waterfalls and amazing views at the summit

hiking
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Great hike!! It took us about 6 hours and 40 minutes round trip using the Falling Waters trail.

I was really cold and windy on the summit but it was totally worth it.

Definitely going back in a few weeks.

Friday, October 14, 2016

This trail is fantastic!! My favorite hike so far, the view from up top is amazing!! The 1st third of the trail is easy with nice water falls, the middle of the trail is moderate and the last part of the trail is very fun / difficult!! My friend while climbing called it the never ending staircase. It was a perfect day that we climbed 10/11/16 and I met some really cool people along the way who I ended up having dinner and drinks with after the hike!!

hiking
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Really tough toward the top but totally worth it. Beautiful water falls

Friday, September 23, 2016

A must!!

hiking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

Pretty steep, but awesome. It seems like it goes on and on, with no flat sections. Its tough in the rain, but on any day, the view is well worth it.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

A must do if you are going up to the eidge trail for the day. Going up was better than going up the bridal path. but both make you earn the great view.

hiking
Friday, August 26, 2016

From the waterfalls to the ridge line hike, this is an all around amazing hike. Ascended Falling Waters and came down the Old Bridle Path. The Greenleaf Hut has free drinking water to top off bottles and hydration packs and the food there smelled amazing. I'm definitely glad I packed trekking poles for the descent; saved my knees big time.

hiking
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Rather steep hike with not so very spectacular falls. There were no true swimming holes along the way up, the water is just too shallow. Plus side was all of the various mushrooms growing along the trail.

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