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Lincoln Woods Trail

White Mountains, New Hampshire

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  • Entrance to Lincoln Woods.- Lincoln Woods Trail
  • A scenic view can be seen from this walkway at the trailhead. - Lincoln Woods Trail
  • View of the 160-foot suspension bridge from Lincoln Woods Trailhead.- Lincoln Woods Trail
  • An information center sits at the start of the trail. - Lincoln Woods Trail
  • Inside the information center at Lincoln Woods. - Lincoln Woods Trail
  • Restrooms are available at this large trailhead.- Lincoln Woods Trail
  • Trail information near the suspension bridge. - Lincoln Woods Trail
  • The Lincoln Woods hike starts by crossing a 160-foot long suspension bridge. - Lincoln Woods Trail
  • View of the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River. - Lincoln Woods Trail
  • Interpretive signage can be found along the trail with information about the area's history. - Lincoln Woods Trail
  • The Lincoln Woods Trail runs to the Pemigewasset Wilderness boundary. - Lincoln Woods Trail
  • Lincoln Woods Trail.- Lincoln Woods Trail
  • Painted trillium along the trail. - Lincoln Woods Trail
  • Lincoln Woods Trail is a generally flat, easy walk. - Lincoln Woods Trail
  • View along the Lincoln Woods Trail. - Lincoln Woods Trail
  • Access to additional trails and peaks from the Lincoln Woods Trail. - Lincoln Woods Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Scenic hike. Access to many trails and peaks.
Cons: 
Busy trail.
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Region:
White Mountains, NH
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Highest point: 
1,450.00 ft (441.96 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
National or state forest pass
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Biking
Total Distance: 
5.80 mi (9.33 km)
Total elevation gain: 
293.00 ft (89.31 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,157.00 ft (352.65 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Located within the White Mountain National Forest and along the famous Kancamagus Highway, the Lincoln Woods Trail provides the perfect summer hike for recreationists, including families and beginners. With just under 300 feet of elevation gain over its length, the Lincoln Woods Trail is a leisurely walk through the woods and alongside the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River. Occasional openings in the woods allow for mountain views across the river, and several junctions provide access to numerous trails and peaks in the Pemigewasset Wilderness. The start and finish of the challenging "Pemi Loop" hike utilizes the Lincoln Woods Trail, and short side trips for day hikers include Black Pond and Franconia Falls.

This trail holds historical significance, as it was once part of the 72-mile East Branch and Lincoln Railroad route, built in 1894. Logging camps were built along its sides, and if you pay attention you may notice artifacts in and around previously cleared areas. There has been enough time for the trees to return and for the area's primitive feeling to return, so it is hard to believe this area was once a logging town where the land was clear-cut and suffered wildfire damage.

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