Franconia Brook Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This is the very best of White Mountain cycling: stunning scenery, sparse traffic, breathtaking descents, and opportunities for sightseeing and recreational stops. The route takes you through two of the Whites’ famous “notches.” For serious riders it’s a solid workout in a heavenly place. Weekend vacationers could even stretch it out over a couple of days, with sightseeing/hiking stops along the way and an overnight in Franconia. A kiosk at the visitor center explains that a “notch” is a V-shaped passage between mountains. Early settlers thought those passages looked like the notches they cut when felling trees. In other states these passages are called “gaps” or “passes.” But in the White Mountains, they’re almost always “notches.” This ride takes you through two of them: Franconia Notch and Kinsman Notch."
--Sandy Duling, Road Biking Northern New England (Falcon Guides).
"A well-marked, gently rolling ride crisscrossing the Pemigewasset River through Franconia Notch to its headwaters at Profile Lake. See the famous Old Man of the Mountain (he's there till late every night) and the Basin, a 30-foot-wide, 15 foot- deep pothole that Samuel Easton described in his 1958 white Mountain Guide as "...one of the beautiful haunts of nature. A luxurious and delicious bath fit for the ablutions of a goddess." This ride is popular with families and offers many excellent picnic spots. Tread: 6.9 miles on paved bike path. Location: 0.1 mile east of Interstate 93 (Franconia Notch State Parkway), exit 1, in Franconia Notch State Park."
--J. Richard Durnan, Mountain Biking the White Mountains: West (Falcon Guides).
"The size of the 160-car Lincoln Woods parking area is a clue to the immense popularity of this easily accessible trailhead. Attracted for decades by the “wilderness ” label, long-distance hikers flock to the Lincoln Woods and Wilderness core trails that serve as pedestrian expressways into the backcountry. Such traffic should not necessarily keep you away. Long, easy trails quickly disperse visitors into 45,000 acres of marvelous backpacking territory and along a variety of routes that radiate into the mountainous rim of the wilderness. The popularity is well deserved. Just don’t expect to enjoy it alone. Special attractions: Wildlife, wetlands, wilderness camping, remote 13 Falls, and views of Franconia Ridge above the Lincoln Brook Valley."
--Larry Pletcher, Hiking New Hampshire (Falcon Guides).
"Franconia Notch—home to Echo Lake, the Old Man of the Mountain, the Basin, and the Flume Gorge—is one of the main attractions of the White Mountains. The huge cliffs of Cannon Mountain and the high, alpine ridgeline of Mount Lafayette and Mount Lincoln create the walls of the notch, which were formed by glaciers during the last ice age. The bike path was created in the 1980s when the road through the notch was being redesigned as an interstate highway. The AMC and other environmental organizations advocated successfully to preserve the integrity of the notch and the road was built as the only segment of an interstate highway to be designed as a parkway. The wide, paved bike path is easy to ride and can be accessed from several parking areas."
--Jerry & Marcy Monkman, Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
Nice, but you're walking along a railroad bed most of the way, so it's not very out-in-the-woodsy.
Definitely take a slide & dip in the pools at the end, though!
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