The Flume Trail

MODERATE 148 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
515 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.

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3 days 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!

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8 days ago

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

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14 days ago

Beautiful views! Not too difficult and very enjoyable.

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16 days ago

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

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1 month ago

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

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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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