Franconia Falls Trail

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Franconia Falls Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately 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.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
423 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

hiking
bridge out
18 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this with my dog on Dec 30th. Wide trail, hard packed snow, river to your right and gorgeous sunny day. 22 degrees F in the morning and rose to 31 degrees. Hiking boots were okay, but microspikes were needed to approach the falls. It became too icy without spikes. A few people were on XC skis, but would not recommend without edges.

1 month ago

Beautiful views and an easy walk !

hiking
2 months ago

one of my favorite hikes to do in the winter!

hiking
3 months ago

Trail was open and wide for the most part, went this past weekend (first weekend in November) and there wasn’t many people out there! Trail was easy for most of the way, got a little tougher when we turned to head up to the falls.

Nice easy walk. Would do it again. River on one side and brook on other side.

4 months ago

Nice walk, not challenging. Nice scenery.

hiking
4 months ago

Straightforward walk for most of the mileage, but nice scenery. Plenty of room for the traffic. Several really nice views overlooking the rocks and river, but most is forest. Waterfall bit is slightly tougher footing, but not that bad. Great place for a lunch and break before heading back.

hiking
4 months ago

Oct. 3 2018, very nice easy trail, leaves were beautiful, lots of places to leave trail and walk to the river or small creeks. Easy for kids.

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome hike with the kids. It had rained two days before so the river and falls were intense. A nice flat hike and plenty of room. It's always a fun hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike! It was nice and easy until you get to the last half mile and then it’s a little harder but so worth it to get to the falls. We swam in the water and climbed the rocks for a good hour before we headed back.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice shaded and mostly flat trail. Great trail for the dogs with several creeks to drink out of and play in along the way. Water was crystal clear. Moderate amount of traffic but not too crowded at all with plenty of parking.

walking
6 months ago

Had a great time on this trail; I’m used to walking considerable distances but the elevation gains of other hikes in the White Mountains took some getting used to, so this relatively flat trail was nice and relaxing. Forest cover follows you from the parking lot to the falls, which keeps the trail nice and cool. Brought two dogs (one seven years old and one nine months old) and they both had a great time. Water was cool and refreshing, one of the best feeling swims I’ve ever had!

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike. Heavily trafficked trail for all uses. Went on a Sunday and there were hikers, joggers, bikes and a few groups. A bit busier then I would have liked but beautiful scenery and the falls is a nice spot to take a break before heading back.

hiking
6 months ago

This trail was absolutely gorgeous. Well maintained with very little litter anywhere, beautiful views, easy trail. Absolutely loved it even in the rain and would do it again in a heartbeat.

hiking
7 months ago

Did this as part of my Owls Head hike. Lincoln Woods Trail is super wide and easy to follow, but with very little to see other than some outlooks on the river. After the first 3 miles you’ll see a bridge and a side trail, take the side trail. After a short walk you’ll see the falls. The trail seems to continue off into the distance after this, I’m not quite sure where it leads. The falls have one narrow spout and a couple small cascades that connect different pools, they aren’t very deep but you can definitely swim here even in low flow. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

hiking
7 months ago

The best view is right at the beginning on the bridge and then at the end at the falls... not too many look outs along the way- was thinking you could see the river most of the way but you really don’t. Its an old rail road track so its very straight- kinda boring. Great for biking- kids would be very board. To me it wasn’t worth the 6.8 miles but now we know.

hiking
7 months ago

worth the walk. 5yo was a little tired towards the end, but enjoyed every spot she could stop to play in.

Beautiful easy trail. A little long for our Corgi, but that's to be expected when your legs are short. $5 parking fee at the self service kiosk.

7 months ago

easy trail. about 5k to get to the falls. Best waterfalls to play in in the area. lots of places to get water along the way. My daughter had a blast.

surfing
8 months ago

its gay

hiking
8 months ago

Nice and easy hike/nature walk to the falls! Water was super cold to jump in but there were nice places to swim at the end and a cool rock water slide to go down on too. Great place to cool off and fun to take friends and family with you!

walking
8 months ago

Great for the kids. Very easy with a great payoff with the falls at the end.

8 months ago

Nice place

walking
9 months ago

First time on a trail and it was great!! There was still snow on the trail that we weren’t totally prepared for but it was manageable. Took the dog with me and my wife. We couldn’t of asked for a better time. The falls were beautiful and was totally worth it.

backpacking
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Easy trail, great for a break after a Presi traverse. Nice swimming hole and cliff jumping a little up river of the falls. Keep trekking past the end of the trail (sign says trail ends but path continues) for some excellent riverside camping

Monday, January 29, 2018

Wow, first time on this trail in the winter. it was mostly hard packed snow all the way to the falls. Did not need spikes until the final incline up to the falls and to have safe footing near the water. It's a beautiful walk in the winter too. This was my first winter hike and a good starter to test my new gear.

hiking
Sunday, October 08, 2017

I didn't hike all the way to Franconia Falls, but the trail was pleasant. Very flat and wide, not too crowded after you cross the bridge. A couple of openings looking over the river. I thought it was nice but nothing spectacular.

backpacking
Monday, August 14, 2017

First time there with my 17 yo who loved swimming the falls.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

We hiked this trail while camping near by. There were 21 people in our group ranging from age 6-55. Everyone enjoyed the hike despite the rain. The kids really enjoyed the falls. Great trail for all hiking levels.

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