Franconia Notch Recreation Path

New Hampshire

Franconia Notch Recreation Path Facts

States: New Hampshire
Counties: Grafton
Length: 8.8 miles
Trail end points: The Flume Parking Lot and Skookumchuck & Rt. US 3
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 8152294
Trail activities: Bike, Walking

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Franconia Notch Recreation Path Description

The Franconia Notch Recreation Path travels 8-miles south to north from the Franconia Notch State Park to Skookumchuck & Rt. US 3. The trail is located within the White Mountain National Forest and travelers will enjoy great mountain scenery. In addition to riding, the park offers swimming at Echo Lake,  fly fishing at Profile Lake, and rock climbing on the Cannon Cliffs. Cannon Mountain offers bike rentals as well as shuttle service to the base of the Aerial Tramway, Exit 34B, I-93. The trail itself is biking and walking only andcontains hills, bike-walk areas and an elevation gain of approximately 800 feet. Be sure to obey all signs and use caution.

Parking and Trail Access

At the south: Take NH Route 3 north from Lincoln and turn into The Flume parking lot. The start of the trail is at the north end of the parking lot. There are access points at many of the stops along the way.

Franconia Notch Recreation Path Reviews

We enjoyed the climb up from the Flume to the Basin and then on to the Lafayette Campground. We could not find the bike path out of the Lafayette parking lot. Either the sign was missing or someone must have parked in front of it. So we only got halfway to Echo Lake. An enjoyable ride back down picking up a lot of speed.

A nice enough trail, but you could really ride on any trail through the woods and have a better ride, The trail parallels rte 93 so the traffic noise is ubiquitous. Not the riding experience I anticipated, the ride up is a gentle grade, the ride down coasting most of the way, and riding up you don't get any of the spectacular views until you pass the Lafayette camping area, though there are lots of places to stop along the river. This is a well used trail, some might say crowded, but still a good afternoon's ride. Next time, I will just drive to Franconia and ride around on the roads there where I can see the scenery.

Back when I was just a little Kid we Camped at at Lafayette Camp ground and after Dinner we would hike down to the Flume or up to the Old Man of The Mountain and I would think how great it would be to bike this path. I never did but after reading about this trail I will make sure that I ride it on my next trip to N.H.


The Franconia Notch Bike Trail winds through beautiful woods, with stops at scenic areas such as The Basin (an interesting waterfall), Profile Lake (former location of The Old Man in the Mountain), Cannon Cliffs (amazing rock climbers worth observing), Echo Lake, and Cannon Mountain Ski Area. We have done this in summer and in fall, at peak foliage, and it is spectacular. We like to head north from The Flume parking area, so that the (somewhat, but not steep) uphill grade has the reward of the downhill stretches on the way back. It is paved, with some pedestrian traffic close to the scenic stops. We like to picnic at the Lafayette campground, where there is a picnic table near the trail and next to a small brook.

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