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Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
300.00 ft (91.44 m)
Trail type
?
Distance
6.40 mi (10.30 km)
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Beginning at the increasingly popular Lincoln Woods Trailhead, Franconia Falls involves a relatively easy, scenic hike to a popular series of cascades. With only approximately 300 feet of elevation gain over 6.4 miles round trip, this is the perfect hike for families and beginners, and it is among one of the easiest hikes in the White Mountain National Forest. The wooded trail follows the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River, occasionally opening up and offering gorgeous mountain views, while wildflowers dot the trail during the spring. 

The Franconia Falls Trail heads left off of the Lincoln Woods Trail and continues along the water to the falls. You’ll find boulders and large flat rock slabs for sitting in the sun, taking a break, or enjoying a picnic. In addition to being a great place for photography and appreciating nature, Franconia Falls is also known as a swimming hole. With chutes that make natural waterslides and a series of cascades and pools, it’s a beautiful place to cool off during the summer when water levels are low enough to be safe for swimming.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

National or state forest pass

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Scenic hike. Great for beginners. Swimming hole.

Cons

Busy trailhead.

Trailhead Elevation

1,218.00 ft (371.25 m)

Highest point

1,510.00 ft (460.25 m)

Net Elevation Gain

300.00 ft (91.44 m)

Features

Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Near lake or river
Big vistas
Wildflowers
Historically significant
Wildlife
Waterfalls
Potable water

Access

Hike-in

Typically multi-day

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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