Franconia Falls
Lincoln, NH

RATING: 4.0/5.0

Franconia Falls
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STATE: New Hampshire
COUNTY: Grafton County
TOWN: Lincoln
PARK: White Mountain National Forest
TYPE: Cascades and slides
HEIGHT: 30-foot total drop
WATER SOURCE: Franconia Brook
TRAIL LENGTH: 3.2 miles
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy
HIKING TIME: 90 minutes
ALTITUDE GAIN: +300 feet
WHEN TO VISIT: May to October
SWIMMING: Great
DELORME ATLAS: Page 43, G-14 (marked)
HANDICAP ACCESS: No
INCLUDED IN BOOK: Yes (Included in 2nd Edition of book as a full chapter)
DOGS ALLOWED: Yes
COST TO VISIT: Parking Fee Charged
ALTERNATE NAMES: None Noted



THE FALLS:

Franconia Falls is located at the end of one of the flattest long-distance strolls in the White Mountains. In just over three miles, you will gain a mere 300 feet of altitude, with no real noticeable ?ups? or ?downs? to speak of. For comparison, consider nearby Beaver Brook Cascades, which gains 1200 feet of altitude in only 1.1 miles, or the waterfalls along the Falling Waters Trail, which gains 1000 feet in 1.3 miles. The lack of elevation gain is the big reason why Franconia Falls is a favorite hike for families. Another reason is that the falls can be easily accessed year-round by foot, mountain bike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski.
         Franconia Falls lacks any single waterfalls of striking natural elegance or style. It makes up for this deficiency with sunny slabs of rock, swimming pools that widely vary in size, depth and current, and the possibilities of roving around the falls for hours of refreshing pleasure.
         There are several good waterslides here when the water is running low enough. The best slide in the house is near the base of the most significant falls. Roughly 20 feet long, but not continuous, this slide will propel you into a 5-foot deep pool. Before we began writing in our waterfall journals, we felt the urge to chute down the slide first ourselves!


TRAIL INFORMATION:

Please see trail information in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us (gparsons66@hotmail.com) and we will happily provide them to you. When requesting information via email, please remember to specify which particular waterfall(s) you are interested in.


DIRECTIONS:

Please see directions in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us (gparsons66@hotmail.com) and we will happily provide them to you. When requesting directions via email, please remember to specify which particular waterfall(s) you are looking for directions to.


SPECIAL NOTES / UPDATES SINCE THE 2ND EDITION:

None.




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