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The Flume Gorge Trail is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked loop 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 May until October.

Distance: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 469 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

snow

fee

no dogs

The gorge is open from May 12 - October 21 5/5-6/30 8:30am-5pm 7/1-9/4 8:30am-5:30pm 9/5-10/22 8:30am-5pm Adults: $16 Children (6-12): $14 Ages 5 and under: Free The Flume Gorge trail is New Hampshire beauty, up close and personal. Waterfalls, mosses, wild flowers, and trees line this beautiful boardwalk. This is a relaxing must-see while hiking the more difficult trails around New Hampshire's White Mountains. The Flume is a natural gorge extending 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty. The walls of Conway granite rise to a height of 70 to 90 feet and are 12 to 20 feet apart. A trip into the Flume begins and ends at the Flume Visitor's Center. Guests can choose to walk through just the Gorge or do a two mile loop. The walk includes uphill walking and lots of stairs. The boardwalk allows you to look closely at the growth of flowers, ferns and mosses found here. Framed by a spectacular vista of Mount Liberty and Mount Flume, the Visitor Center houses the Flume ticket office, information center, cafeteria, gift shop, and the state park system's historic Concord Coach. A 20-minute movie showcasing beautiful Franconia Notch State Park is available for viewing. The Flume was discovered in 1808 by 93-year-old Aunt Jess Guernsey when she accidently came upon it while fishing. She had trouble convincing her family of the marvelous discovery, but eventually persuaded others to come and see for themselves. At that time, a huge egg-shaped boulder hung suspended between the walls. The rock was 10 feet (3m) high and 12 feet (3.6m) long. A heavy rainstorm in June of 1883 started a landslide that swept the boulder from its place. It has never been found. The same storm deepened the gorge and formed Avalanche Falls.

hiking
3 days ago

A beautiful hike over a combination of natural, and man made trails. Plenty of railings to keep everyone safe.

hiking
closed
fee
4 days ago

Beautiful hike up through the gorge with lots of water views and photo ops - a lot of the side trails along the main route were closed but it was still really a great day and not too crowded

hiking
fee
8 days ago

Great trail! Nicely curated with cool features and nice views. They did a great job setting up to allow adequate social distancing. Very easy to keep a safe distance as it’s a one way loop. It was the perfect hike during the pandemic.

hiking
9 days ago

Fun hike that requires a bit of planning currently due to COVID restrictions on number of people allowed on the trail. Check the website for ticketing info/availability before going! Walking the stairway up to the falls is the most challenging part of this hike, but well worth it for the views at the top.

hiking
16 days ago

Didn’t have a lot of time so partially completed. Family friendly with wide gravel trails and sturdy bridges. Wonderful water flow!

19 days ago

Very pretty trail with plenty of parking at the trailhead. Whenever I'm in the area I couple this trail with the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway. I think it's somewhere in the realm of $60 to do both. There are sections of the trail that are in the gorge itself, so it can be a bit slick on the wooden walkways. Other than that this is one of my favorite trails to walk on after a day of driving.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Went today and did the rim trail. There was only a little ice and part of the trail was closed but the detour was properly marked. Did this hike with older kids. It was great.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was in pretty good shape with limited ice. The path through the gorge is closed, but you can still get up going around the far side. Beautiful hike. Great for kids.

hiking
bridge out
icy
snow
1 month ago

hiking
bridge out
snow
1 month ago

Great little hike. The flume itself is closed but can be approached from either side for some good views of the flowing and frozen waterfalls some good views around the other side of the flood as well. Still pretty icy at some spots so I'd recommend bringing some microspikes.

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

one of the best hikes I've ever been on.

hiking
1 month ago

Got a nice surprise when we arrived. Holy Narnia. Some parts closed off for safety which is understandable. Wonderful hike with amazing views. Was very pleased to see it in the snow. Will return to check it out in other seasons as well.

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

Beautiful day for a hike. Spikes were needed. There was a good number of people. Most practiced social distancing. Fun time.

hiking
closed
icy
snow
2 months ago

hiking
icy
2 months ago

Part of trail closed but great views. You have to bring the spikes. I did not have them and neither did the kids. We had a super fun day, but we made it so much harder without the spikes.

hiking
icy
muddy
2 months ago

icy
2 months ago

Some beautiful spots. A few people out, but not crazy busy on the day we went. Most of the trail is packed down to ice, but some folks were making due without spikes. The gorge funnel is closed, but if you're careful and have spikes, you can get to the end of the walkway for some nice pics.

hiking
2 months ago

A nice easy walk, but very highly trafficked with tourists.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

First time on snowshoes. Great trail! Perfect for a beginning snowshoer!

snowshoeing
bridge out
snow
3 months ago

Heavily trafficked, but not while we were there. It had snowed the day before so I was expecting to need my snow shoes. But all I need were boots and maybe crampons because the trail seems to get used often. Nice views. Part of the trail is closed because it’s winter. I’ll definitely be back it the summer/ fall to check out a different perspective on this hike. Free to park and use his area October to May.

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