range from 12 to 20 feet apart. The state park is almost 6,700 acres. Every
year, hundreds of feet of the Flume pathway (as seen in the photo to
the right) is removed due to large amounts of ice build up on the
walls of the Flume Gorge. Ice can get 3 to 4 feet thick and rise up
to 80 feet high on the walls of the Flume. The pathway is rebuilt
every Spring to allow visitors to walk the Flume pathway. The
pathway of the Flume is normally reopened by Memorial Day weekend.
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Our trip to The Flume in
Notch (Lincoln, NH) was one of 3 visits we made to this state park during 2006
and by far one of our favorite short
hiking trails in NH. The best times to go there
are in late Spring when the winter snow melt contributes to the water in the
streams, giving a spectacular view of the waterfalls. Another great time to go
is during the Fall Foliage season in New Hampshire. The tree colors are the dry
cool days, make it a great experience. It can also make a great refuge from the
hot summer heat.
Keep in mind that it can be quite
cool and damp when you are in the flume itself. Also, if you are claustrophobic
(like me), you may want to prepare yourself for walking up the narrow flume.
There are a few places that have tall rock walls, but once through that small
part you will be fine.
Every time we have visited The
Flume, we have noticed there are a lot of people there from all over the world
and usually fairly busy, but don't let the crowded parking lot full of cars and
busses scare you away, The Flume is a big place, the trail itself is over a mile
While walking The trail at The
Flume, you will go from paved areas, over
The Flume Covered Bridge over the Pemigewasset
River onto wooden pathways, to dirt trails. During your hike on The Flume trail, and
after you go through The Flume itself, you will see 2 trails that are on your
left. The trails offer a view of
"The Pool." Many people walk right
past these 2 trails, but in fact offer some of the most breath taking views The
Flume has to offer (see picture of the pool on your left-view looking straight
down from the observation deck)! So be sure you don't just walk by these 2
trails (unless you are afraid of heights!). Shortly after this part of the
trail, you will come across another covered bridge, this is the
Sentinel Covered Bridge. But don't just walk over the
bridge without reading the plaque. The bridge was built on top of a fallen tree
in 1939. The tree fell during a storm. After you cross the bridge, be sure to
walk up the hill and look back at the bridge, under it, you will see the tree
trunk! Read more about the
Sentinel Covered Bridge or
The Flume Covered Bridge at The Flume in Lincoln NH.
Immediately after the Sentinel Covered
Bridge is a cave. The "Wolf's Den." Which is
a rock cave just big enough to squeeze through (better for kids than adults).
From this point, the Flume trail soon
completes a circle and brings you back to the Flume visitor center near the parking
The Flume Gorge & Visitor Center is open early May to Late October
On I-93/Route 3,
Franconia Notch Parkway, Lincoln/Franconia
The Flume Parking Area GPS Coordinates: N44°
05.814' | W071° 40.945'
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Area Activities: Camping, swimming, hiking,
picnicking, fishing, boating, biking, skiing/snowboarding, cross country skiing,
Area Amenities: Campground, RV campground,
restrooms, cafeterias, gift shops, 8-mile paved recreation path, canoe, paddle
boat and bike rentals, boat launch, covered bridges, hiker information center,
New England Ski Museum, full service ski area
Campgrounds & Lodging Near The Flume:
Cannon Mountain, Echo Lake Beach, Cannon RV Park
Lafayette Place Campground GPS Location
08.554' | W071° 41.014'
OTHER MUST SEE
Here are two things
not to miss while you're at The Flume!
The Baby Flume
Fast Facts About This Trip:
- Great way to spend the day with kids and get some exercise
at the same time
- If you are Claustrophobic, or have a fear of heights, be
prepared for a few bad spots.
Tips to Remember:
- Bring water bottles for everyone.
- Pack a lunch
- There is a small fee to get in that helps contribute to the
maintenance of the park
- Don't forget your camera!
of The Flume