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Franconia Falls Trail is a 6.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.8 mi Elevation gain 423 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

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Kristen Redman
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Easy trail. Mostly flat with many rails from old tracks which makes it uneven. Go early so you have time to enjoy the swimming area! The water was very cold. You still need to wear the correct shoes. Too long and muddy in spots so flip flops not appropriate!

Matthew Chapman
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Lowrie Robertson
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sherry lopes
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7/5/2020 easy trail to follow and hike. super fun slide once you reach the falls. a little crowded but worth it.

Maeve Kiley
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HikingBugs

Super easy trail, led to neat swimming spots with super clear, cold water

Nicole Miller
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Hiking

Easy and fun water slide at top but caution to weak swimmers as can be dangerous.

Emily Wertz
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Hiking

Easy trail to awesome swimming spot! More like a walk in the woods than a hike compared to most hiking in the white mountains. Cold, refreshing water to dip into! Loved it

Susan Tonkiss
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Lovely, easy walk through the woods. Wide path. Great for all levels of hikers.

Jorge Coelho
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HikingBugs

Easy flat hike across an old rail road line. You can still see some of the ties and steel pins along the way. Eventually the trail veers left to continue up through the falls where there are a number of jump off spots and slides.

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Tim Bolger
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Hiking

Easy hike, flat , well worn path, no major inclines. We have 2 children under 10 and think for my youngest, we might have been able to use a stroller like " the Bob". We went July 1 after 3 days of rains. The trail was fine, well drained no mud, but the water at the falls was high and fast and Very cold! I'd say 45ish based on my time in Maine oceans! Butterfly season and we saw hundreds at the falls. Good family hike.

Krista Alderdice
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Hiking

It was an amazing hike!! Super gentle, then an incredible place to take a dip

Lucie L.
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Hiking

nice and easy trail along the river, large path through the woods. very nice waterfalls.

lexi knapton
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Hiking

6.6 miles there n back. awesome swimming!! VERY easy! so fun!!

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Victoria Creedon
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Hiking

Great walk. Easy, relatively short with an awesome pay off! The falls were beautiful. Brought our dog (who is not an experienced hiker...at all) and he did totally fine.

Andrea Cerrilla
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This trail is beautiful but literally flat. Not for someone looking for a hike - this is more of a walk in the woods. The waterfalls are stunning!! Perfect for little kids.

Aldo Sainez
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Hiking

Excelente lugar para ir a correr o caminar, llegando a la cascada puedes relajarte y descansar ...

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Travis McNaul
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Beautiful amble through the woods. Good for families. Ate lunch at Black Pond (beware leeches in there) then hiked up Franconia Falls. Refreshing, clear water.

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Meg Cameron
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HikingMuddy

Lincoln Woods Trail is in great shape, just a bit muddy at times. Ran into some snow as I neared the falls. They were raging with all the rain we’ve had. Didn’t really see anyone till I was on my way back. Easy to stay distant from others on this trail

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Nichole Fragala
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Hiking

Easy flat trail with river running along most of the trail.

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Stephen Nass
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This is a rail trail so it makes for a nice easy hike. If you are a fan of long straight lines, moving water, and trees then you'll love it.

Jeremy Ryan
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Easy hike. Very icy. Some enchanting views.

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Andrea Stolfi
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Great condition for snow shoeing or cross country skiing. Not too busy.

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L G
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Lincoln Woods parking lot was lightly plowed but icy with packed snow. Easy to drive in and out, but couldn’t see pavement. About 15 cars in the lot around 10am. Trails were packed with about an inch or two of fresh powder on top. Many people out today packing the trail down. Saw people with snowshoes, spikes, and bare boots. Was lightly snowing all day. Trail became less travelled the further you went past Osseo Trail. We used spikes on the way out to Franconia Falls just for traction, but ended up taking them off half way back due to snow clumping.

Becky B.
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