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Franconia Brook Trail

MODERATE 30 reviews
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Franconia Brook Trail is a 15.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 15.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,141 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

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6/17/19 Took Franconia Brook Trail back to Lincoln Woods Parking lot from Thirteen Falls campsite. Wow was this trail fun and easy after doing Lincoln Brook and Owls Head the day before. We averaged a 20 min pace back to the car even with the water crossings and full packs. By the way, I did not have to take my hiking boots of for the water crossings. This was a factor in planing my trip and it would have been nice to know I could have made it with my trekking poles and moderate athletic ability.

hiking
Sun Sep 23 2018

Great trail. Beautiful views. Steady climb if you like less of a challenge. Beautiful waterfall at the end.

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Fri Aug 10 2018

Backpacked up to 13 Falls from Franconia Brook tentsite a couple of days after HUGE rainstorms. East Branch of the Pemi was running hip high, plus 9 brook crossings. Packing water shoes and/or gaiters is a good idea. The trail was beautiful and not too muddy considering the recent rain. We did see a bear on the hike back out, so be aware of your surroundings. This was only our 2nd backpacking trip and it was very do-able! Enjoy!!!

hiking
Fri Apr 22 2016

Great hike! Eight miles from the Lincoln Woods parking lot to Thirteen Falls campsite, where I spent the night. No one there, which provided some awesome solitude under a full moon. Six stream crossings (as opposed to the three shown on the map), all of which required some pretty plucky rock-hopping with poles to avoid wet feet.

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Mon Jul 08 2013

This is a really nice trial and overall not difficult, but the water crossings were a little nutty! There were about three times as many water crossings as were on the map. And nearly all of them required taking off my boots to cross. The permanent water crossings appeared to have well positioned rocks for crossing, but they were completely submerged by roaring currents. Even my lovely water proof, gore-tex boots do nothing for a river spilling over the top of them. It was fun though, and kept us from getting too hot and weary on the first of our three day loop. On several the current warranted using poles or sticks to balance. The falls at the top of the trail by the 13 falls campsite are beautiful lots of fun to goof off in. There's actually another fork to the river behind that you can see from the shore with another very secluded waterfall.

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Wed Aug 15 2012

The falls is a bit over three miles from the visitors center, about 6 miles total. The trail is wide with railroad ties in some areas of the trail which can be annoying to walk on and with slight elevation near the falls and some exposed roots to navigate it is easy to hike. There is not much for views along this trail and the falls are small. It is a good trail to take your dog on or if you just want to get some exercise and for bicycling. Dogs are allowed (with a leash).

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