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Flume Gorge, Franconia

#1 of 216 in Parks in New Hampshire
Must see · Waterfall · Geologic Formation
Marvel at the natural beauty of Flume Gorge as you enjoy a self-guided walk between its massive granite walls overgrown with mosses and ferns. Stop by the visitor center to learn more about the state park or to warm up over a cup of tea before you start the loop through this scenic chasm, first discovered in 1808. Note that the hike includes a number of stairs and some uphill trekking. You will be richly awarded with amazing views of waterfalls, caves, and growths of flowers. Our Franconia trip planning site makes visiting Flume Gorge and other Franconia attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • My wife and I were on a tour of New Hampshire and taking pictures of covered bridges. We went to Franconia Notch State Park because they had two covered bridges on the flume gorge trail. It was.....  more »
  • One of my favorite hikes I’ve ever done. It is rather expensive $28/person, but worth it. We lucked out and did it the last hr of a rainy (but the rain had stopped!) weekday (4-5 PM) and we...  more »
  • I thought this place was breathtaking. I enjoyed the beautiful views and the hike. Unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.  more »
  • Great introductory "hike" for families who have young kiddos. Our three kids made it through the 2.2 mile loop. It's definitely helpful to have snacks on hand, as you'll likely need to stop a few times throughout. It's also helpful to have a baby carrier for ages 2 and under, as there are many steps to climb. It's all worth it for the lovely views of the gorge and the "pool" area. We also got a picture of us with the covered bridge, which is now a family tradition that started when our first child was an infant.
  • Wow this is a beautiful trail! You can walk the whole trail or choose to take a shorter path (there’s also a bus available for the initial part of the trail). Flume gorge was great. Other things to see are the Liberty gorge, bear and wolf caves and the pool. It’s a good idea to get the discovery pass if you plan to go on the Cannon Mountain tramway.
  • For anyone touring New Hampshire or New England this is a must! Well worth a visit to see this lovely piece of nature with its striking geology. Take the full walking loop to experience the wonder of this place. Take a waterproof just in case. The small placards along the route also add to the understanding of the biodiversity.
  • I have never been a super outdoorsy person and definitely haven’t been on many hikes. My wife and I decided to do this on our honeymoon and I’m so glad we did!! The Flume Gorge was so cool and picturesque. The walk down was not too bad and mostly downhill. We had a great time making memories on this easy hike!
  • Stunning! The walk through the gorge is beautiful and really accessible for those who are not wanting a massive hike! Although we went in peak season it wasn't too busy and you could take it at your own pace. Our teenage daughters rated this as one of their favourite days on holiday.

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