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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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James Bedard
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HikingGreat!

Excellent walking trail. Lots of views of the river plenty of woodland critters.

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Mary Nonack
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Nice easy and wide trail until the last .2 miles at which point it gets more narrow. Beautiful views of the falls at the end of the trail and not too busy!

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jordan l
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Mary Johnson
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Nicely maintained. Mostly wide clear paths. Parking lot was about 3/4 full; the trails did not feel busy or crowded.

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Rachel Katz
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Well maintained. An easy walk in the woods with beautiful scenery.

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Noah Arnold
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Bryan M
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Carrie Powers
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Had the place to ourselves for a nice picnic lunch. Super easy trail with cool water slides.

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Raphael Ouillon
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Austin Davies
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HikingGreat!

Wide dirt trail all the way till the last half mile then you go up thru the Forrest and find the gorge and waterfalls. The water is very clear and beautiful views throughout

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Mark Zuckerman
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Tom Garrahan
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Gabi Leyton-Nolan
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Parking lot was full cars on both side of the road for a least a quarter mile. Way too crowded.

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Tucker Tibbetts
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Daniel Burke
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Shannon O'Toole
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Liliana Galan
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HikingGreat!

Good for somebody 60 yo with bad knees. Wide, some rocks/ compact dirt/ transverse wooden beams. Easy to walk on it,6 ft wide, shaded. A bit more difficult in the last 0.1 miles before reaching the falls ( large rocks, incline). Need to pay $5 cash, put in an envelope and place in a box in the parking lot- then detach the day pass and put in the car window.

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burdy387 User
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nice easy hike...recovery day...fun swimming holes

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Shawn Hawkins
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Razan Alawadhi
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Great hike. Falls are the best I have seen so far. Cold water but manageable and Beutiful water sidles and falls

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Julie Antis
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Always a nice hike. Always way too many people

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dylan mccloskey
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Eric Wade
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Sarah Desaulniers
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Elizabeth Ellis
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Really beautiful hike. Flat and easy. Follows along the river. It’s nice and shaded the entire route. I walked it in tennis shoes, but brought along a swimsuit and water shoes to change into once we got to the falls. The falls are fun to slide down, but be prepared to freeze once you hit the water.

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Fred Jacobsen
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William Collard
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Joanne Pratt
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Great Easy trail with lots of other hikers. It was still enjoyable and quiet as we veered off into the woods and river. The views were incredible, especially along the river. It was most crowded when we got to the top of the waterfalls, but it was interesting to see lots of people sliding down the natural rocks. I would definitely do this hike again but maybe next time in the fall to experience foliage along the river. The All Trails app quoted 6.8 miles, but we hiked 9 miles and I paused during our breaks. Not sure why...

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Heather Todd
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Loved this place. Tons of cars in the lot but we got to the falls and barely anyone there. So many places to swim and just sit and have a picnic. Be very careful because the undertow was bad on the rock slide. I can see how people have died here or gotten seriously hurt. Awesome place as long as your safe!

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Robert Todd
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