The Flume Trail

MODERATE 176 reviews

The Flume Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Lincoln, New Hampshire that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
475 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

cave

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

The Flume Gorge loop 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

If it were not so crowded or expensive, this would be 5 stars. It is difficult to appreciate how beautiful it is when in such a cattle train :( I wouldn't recommend this trail since there are plenty of free, beautiful and less crowded trails nearby.

hiking
18 days ago

Absurdly gorgeous and gently hike through one of a kind geologic formation. Hiked it with my 60 year-old in-laws so if you have any trepidation, fear not.

If you want to know what you're in for, take a virtual hike on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=2_DzIaMRMfg

hiking
1 month ago

Nice, easy hike with beautiful vegetation, forest, waterfall and river. Well maintained trail. Very enjoyable, easy hike with the family.

hiking
1 month ago

My favorite hike in this area. I have been going since I was a kid and now love taking my own kids. Not sure why it is rated as moderate, it’s a rather easy 2 mile loop from the welcome center. Beautiful waterfall and green forest. A must see if you are in the area

hiking
2 months ago

There are many spots to see during 1-2 hour hiking. Wolf den was great for kids :)

2 months ago

easy walk - give yourself 2hours. There is plenty to see and it is an informative trail

Great views, if your a photographer bring a lightweight tripod or use the walk rails for 1-2 second exposures of the water falls. Zoom in from up high and get some great waterfall pictures as well. Loved the walk, beautiful relaxing with views of mountains as well. Some hills and stairs but good break from mountain trail yesterday!

3 months ago

3 months ago

Very touristic and not interesting

3 months ago

This is definitely a walk, not a hike. Costs around $16 to get in (I'm pretty sure it was about that much) which is a bummer. That being said, the Flume is absolutely worth the price of admission, and I would pay it twice without blinking! Stunning walkway around the falls, and beautiful rock formations. Breathtaking. My only complaint is that it's not dog friendly. My pup would have loved this walk! Wish pets were allowed. Otherwise, no complains here!

3 months ago

Not sure why this is rated as moderate...it's pretty leisurely. It's a unique place to see with the rock formations and walkway. We went in the fall and the leaves added to the experience

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail for families! This was a beautiful hike for my husband, our children (7&9) and myself. Plenty of spots to stop and rest. Hike was short enough in length where kids didn't exhaust it get bored.

3 months ago

gorgeous scenery on the way up not to difficult lots of stairs, harder after you've ridden 10 miles

3 months ago

gorgeous scenery on the way up not to difficult lots of stairs, harder after you've ridden 10 miles

hiking
3 months ago

Trail was breathtaking, should not be listed as moderate it's more on the easy side. State of New Hampshire does a good job maintaining it. But kinda touristy. would definitely hike again!

hiking
4 months ago

it was amazing hiking . you can go to the caves. I rember doing this when I was a child. it bring back memories.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful views! Not too difficult and very enjoyable.

backpacking
4 months ago

Fun trail, not that hard. Lots to see along the way, cool covered bridges to go over.

4 months ago

Didn't make it because they charge admission...to hike...this is insane

hiking
4 months ago

I've hiked a lot in Franconia Notch and always stayed away from the "tourist attractions" but we did this hike yesterday and it was spectacular. Nothing strenuous, but the scenery and vegetation is unlike anything else I've seen in the Whites. Reminded me of a lush rainforest. Be prepared for lots of people (some of which lack spatial awareness) and definitely have a camera handy. Lots to see here and definitely worth the ticket price. We went on a Wednesday and it was fairly busy—my guess that weekends are pretty packed!

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