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The Best Hiking in Franconia Notch

Looking for the best hiking in Franconia Notch? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Franconia Notch. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Franconia Notch

  • Franconia, New Hampshire

    Winter Hike up Mount Lafayette

    9 mi / 3900 ft gain
    To start this hike, you can park right at the trailhead in a parking lot off of 93. This is a hike up a mountain so the entire hike is pretty challenging. There is a total elevation gain of 3900 feet in about 4.5 miles. A couple miles in you break through the treeline and then from there the view...
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  • Franconia, New Hampshire

    Little Haystack via Falling Waters Trail

    5.64 mi / 2963 ft gain
    Little Haystack via Falling Waters Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Lincoln, New Hampshire.
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  • Franconia, New Hampshire

    Appalachian Trail: Franconia Notch State Park to Zealand Notch

    15.47 mi / 6339 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Franconia Notch State Park to Zealand Notch is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Bethlehem, New Hampshire.
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  • Franconia, New Hampshire

    Hike Falling Waters Trail

    4.0
    3 mi / 1100 ft gain
    Falling Waters Trail takes you up to the summit of Little Haystack Mountain, and Mount Lincoln and Mount Lafayette if you continue to the Franconia Ridge Trail / Appalachian Trail, then over to Old Bridle Path.Also along Falling Waters Trail are stunning waterfalls. The most popular one is Cloudl...
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  • Franconia, New Hampshire

    Hike to Greenleaf Hut via Old Bridle Path

    5.0
    5.5 mi / 3772 ft gain
    To hike to the Appalachian Mountain Club's Greenleaf Hut, the best route for a day hike there and back is the Old Bridle Path. This hike is certainly doable in a day if you're interested in just hiking to the Greenleaf Hut. You have a lot of options when hiking this trail. I am going to focus spe...
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  • Franconia, New Hampshire

    Mount Lafayette via Old Bridle Path

    7.51 mi / 3442 ft gain
    Mount Lafayette via Old Bridle Path is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Lincoln, New Hampshire.
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  • Franconia, New Hampshire

    Hike Lonesome Lake

    4.5
    3.2 mi
    The Franconia Notch area of New Hampshire has many roadside adventures to go on, bringing in thousands of visitors every year, but my favorite place in the notch is Lonesome Lake.At 1.6 miles, the hike is easy enough for the whole family, but most people visiting the notch stick to the roadside a...
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  • Franconia, New Hampshire

    Hike the Franconia Ridge Loop

    5.0
    8.9 mi / 3600 ft gain
    Starting from the parking lot, the two trails initially begin together. Less than a mile in the trails split into Old Bridle Path to the left, and Falling Waters Trail to the right. Most people choose to go up and down on the same trail. To those doing to loop, most choose to hike up Falling Wate...
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  • Franconia, New Hampshire

    Backpack the Franconia Ridge Loop

    4.5
    14.5 mi / 3000 ft gain
    This is a multi-day backpacking loop in Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire (located in the the White Mountains).Leave the car at the Lafayette Place Campground, (about 1700' elevation), then head up 1.4mi to Lonesome Lake. If you start hiking in the evening, as the sun is setting, you can ...
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  • Franconia, New Hampshire

    Snowshoe to Lonesome Lake

    3.1 mi / 1013 ft gain
    The best place to park when doing this hike in the winter is at the Lafayette Campground. The campground and parking lot are typically empty in the cold winter months, aside from occasional cross-country skiers on the Pemigewasset bike path. The Lafayette campground parking lot is directly access...
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  • Lincoln, New Hampshire

    Hi-Cannon Trail to Kinsman Ridge Trail

    4.52 mi / 2251 ft gain
    Hi-Cannon Trail to Kinsman Ridge Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Franconia, New Hampshire.
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  • Lincoln, New Hampshire

    North Kinsman, South Peak and Cannon Balls Loop Trail

    11.35 mi / 4390 ft gain
    North Kinsman, South Peak and Cannon Balls Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Franconia, New Hampshire.
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  • Lincoln, New Hampshire

    Lonesome Lake Trail

    3.05 mi / 1027 ft gain
    Lonesome Lake Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Lincoln, New Hampshire.
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  • Lincoln, New Hampshire

    Cannon Mountain Loop Trail

    7.96 mi / 2710 ft gain
    Cannon Mountain Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Lincoln, New Hampshire.
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  • Lincoln, New Hampshire

    Kinsman Pond via Lonesome Lake and Fishing Jimmy Trail

    6.38 mi / 2287 ft gain
    Kinsman Pond via Lonesome Lake and Fishing Jimmy Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Lincoln, New Hampshire.
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  • Franconia, New Hampshire

    Camp at Lafayette Campground, White Mountains

    5.0
    8.3 mi
    The White Mountains offer some of the most prime foliage sightseeing (aka 'leaf peeping') in New England. Tourists flock to the Franconia Notch State Park area and surrounding parts of the White Mountains every October, but camping is generally less common. October can be a cold month in New Hamp...
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