Best trails in Lincoln, New Hampshire

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Looking for a great trail near Lincoln, New Hampshire? AllTrails has 90 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Crawford Notch State Park or Franconia Notch State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like White Mountain National Forest or West Rattlesnake Natural Area. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 49 hard trails in Lincoln ranging from 4.2 to 38.9 miles and from 1,164 to 6,286 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Lincoln, New Hampshire
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#1 - Mount Lafayette and Franconia Ridge Trail Loop
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 5 h 22 m
This extremely popular hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire is one of the best day hikes in the area for a variety of reasons. Beginning near the Lafayette Campground in Franconia Notch State Park, this great hike offers some of the best views in New England! As a bonus, you will ascend three peaks including the highest mountain outside the Presidential Range - Mount Lafayette. You’ll start along the Falling Waters Trail and walk by Stairs Falls and then the larger Cloudland Falls. After winding your way upwards for a while longer, you’ll reach Little Haystack Mountain. This peak marks the intersection of the Franconia Ridge Trail and features beautiful views of the region. Next, you’ll come to Mount Lincoln. After crossing this peak, you’ll walk along a narrow ridge to the final summit of the trip - Mt Lafayette. After reaching the summit of Mt Lafayette, feel free to spend some time enjoying the incredible views. On a clear day, you’ll have views of Mount Washington and the rest of the Presidential Range. After all that climbing, you’ve earned your steady descent down the Greenleaf Trail that leads to the Greenleaf Hut (the hut closes during the wintertime) and Eagle Lake. From here, complete the loop by following the Old Bridal Path back to the Lafayette Place East parking lot. Due to the unpredictable weather and tough conditions in the area, the park highly recommends that you come prepared with a water bottle, hiking boots, and trekking poles. Visitors hiking in the winter will most likely need to bring microspikes and check weather conditions ahead of time.Show more
#2 - The Flume Gorge Trail
Franconia Notch State Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 53 m
Advanced Tickets and reservations via the website are required for this trail. The gorge is open from late May to late October. Opening times may vary, so please check the park page for details: https://www.nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/flume-gorge 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.Show more
#3 - Lonesome Lake Trail
Franconia Notch State Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
Lonesome Lake Trail is a steady incline hike, but worth it to see the beautiful Lonesome Lake. Follow the well-marked yellow blazes from the parking lot. There are several steep sections up Cannon Mountain and hiking poles could come in handy. Views of the Franconia Ridge can be seen on the way to the lake and most of the way is shaded. Feel free to take your shoes off and dip your feet in the lake! Along the lake, the trail is grassy and easy-going. Be sure to check out the nearby Lonesome Lake Hut where you can reserve a room and have a nice meal. There are also snacks to purchase and restrooms for public use. During the winter months, hikers recommend bringing a pair of microspikes for snow. Franconia Notch State Park has some guidelines to follow so check out their park page if you have any questions. Show more
#4 - Mount Pemigewasset Trail (Indian Head)
Franconia Notch State Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
This is a great trail if you're looking for a relatively short hike with beautiful views of the White Mountains. Although steep, the payoff at the end makes the trip worth it. This trail can get busy during peak seasons so be sure to get an early start. Begin from the Flume Gorge parking area (Exit 34A off I-93) and starts out along a bike path. Shortly, you will branching be off of the Franconia Notch State Park Recreational Trail and see a Mount Pemi Trail sign - begin following the blue blazes. The route has great views of Franconia Ridge and out towards Lincoln. The trail is uphill to the junction with the Indian Head Trail.Watch your feet as there are steep ledges and these may be icy.Show more
#5 - Hancock Trail
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 4 h 46 m
This trail is primarily moderate however it does get tough the last mile to the top of North Hancock. At this portion hikers will have to trek on rocks and scrambles, this portion is also difficult to descend so please be aware. This is a fun loop trail to two 4,000 foot peaks (Hancock and South Hancock) in New Hampshire. There aren't any crazy great views but you'll get glimpses towards the Tripyramids, Carrigain of each mountain from the others summit. Users have reported that there is no cell service in the area - be sure to download the map before heading to the trailhead to avoid getting lost.Show more
#6 - Little Haystack via Falling Waters Trail
Franconia Notch State Park
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 4 h 16 m
Falling Waters Trail follows the rocky, rushing Dry Brook upstream to meet the Franconia Notch Trail. 0.5 miles below the summit is a 0.1 mile spur trail for "Shining Rock". This is an exposed slab of granite 200 ft tall by 800 ft wide.Show more
#7 - Mount Osceola and East Osceola
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 5 h 2 m
SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE: Roads leading to this trailhead are subject to seasonal closure. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/whitemountain/home/?cid=STELPRDB5183538 Parking Fee: $5Show more
#8 - Basin Cascade Trail
Franconia Notch State Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 3 m
This family-friendly, partially-paved trail goes by multiple cascading waterfalls and deep pools that are popular for wading and swimming. Accessibility: This entire trail is not wheelchair/mobility equipment/stroller friendly, although the first section that goes from the parking lot to the Basin via the Franconia Notch Recreation Trail is paved, wide, and flat. Beyond the paved section, the trail has a lot of steeper sections and obstacles such as roots. The full Franconia Notch Recreation Path can be viewed here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/new-hampshire/franconia-notch-bike-path--2Show more
#9 - Mount Osceola Summit
White Mountain National Forest
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 51 m
#10 - Mount Lafayette via Old Bridle Path
Franconia Notch State Park
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 5 h 23 m
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