Lincoln Woods Trail

New Hampshire

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Lincoln Woods Trail Facts

States: New Hampshire
Counties: Grafton
Length: 2.7 miles
Trail end points: SR 112 at the east branch of the Pemigewasset River and Black Pond Trail (Lincoln)
Trail surfaces: Ballast
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016392

Lincoln Woods Trail Description

The Lincoln Woods Trail runs for 2.6 miles along the east branch of the Pemigewasset River. You can combine the trail with other trails that run through the forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, just northeast of Lincoln, including the Black Pond Trail and the Franconia Brook Trail. Together, the trails offer scenic mountain views, a beautiful waterfall and woodland adventure.

There's a visitor center at the trailhead at SR 112 (Kancamagus Highway).

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the southern trailhead, take State Route 112 (Kancamagus Highway) northeast of Licoln. Look for signs to the parking area for Lincoln Woods; there is a visitor center here.

Lincoln Woods Trail Reviews

Fun ride

The trail is a continues incline but not steep. There are quite a few railroad ties after the first mile but the there is room to go around in most places. Effortless return due to the down slope.

Excellent hike / walk to Franconia Falls

We had a great time on this flat trail, which does have some old railroad tires and nails popping up along the way. Using “Map My Walk” it was 7.12 miles from the parking lot to the falls and back. The falls are very refreshing, with a few safe still pools to cool off in! Highly recommend this trail! You can also visit other side trails off this one, including Black Pond which we do next time!

Convenient and easy with links to more challenging trails

This trail is convenient to Rt 112 ("the Kank") just inside the National Forest from Lincoln, NH. The main trail is a former logging railway along the scenic East Branch of the Pemi River, so it is wide and gently inclined. Some of the old ties and rails are still visible. Two rewarding destinations are Franconia Falls and Black Pond, both a mile or less off this trail at about the 2-1/2 mile point.

I just climbed up to Black Pond, an alpine pond of great beauty. The trail follows its outlet stream up a moderate incline. On April 4th, 2013 there were still about 1-2 ft of snow, hard-packed on the trail and easy to climb.

Other trails, such as the Osseo, branch off the main trail and lead to more challenging terrain.

If you are visiting at a time when snow and ice may be present (in my case the first week of April) bring ice grippers for your boots and a walking stick. The wet icy patches were very slick. Oh, and bring your camera!

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