Franconia Brook Trail

Grafton County, New Hampshire

Elevation Gain1,249ft
Trailhead Elevation2,158ft
Elevation Min/Max1448/2203ft
Elevation Start/End2158/2147ft

Franconia Brook Trail

Franconia Brook Trail is a hiking trail in Grafton County, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is 5.1 miles long and begins at 2,158 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,249 feet. The trail ends near the Thirteen Falls camp site. This trail connects with the following: Lincoln Brook Trail, Lincoln Woods Trail, Twin Brook Trail and Owls Head Path.

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"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."

Franconia Brook Trail Trip Reports

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If you like water you'll enjoy this trail. There are a bunch of water crossings and you're going to get wet for sure. Having a hiking stick is probably a good idea especially if you're not comfortable with water crossings. The waterfall on the trail is nice although not huge. The trail isn't too hard but stepping over the railroad bed in some spots was tiresome and it can be rocky and uneven in some spots. Still this is a great trail, especially in summer since you're guaranteed to cool off in the water.
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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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Trail Information

Grafton County
Nearby City
Franconia Notch State Park.
Local Contacts
Franconia Notch State Park Recreational Trail Map (available at Flume Information Center); USGS Lincoln and Franconia
Local Maps

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