Lincoln Woods Trail

Lincoln, New Hampshire 03251

Distance4.8mi
Elevation Gain769ft
Trailhead Elevation1,166ft
Top1,607ft
Elevation Min/Max1149/1607ft
Elevation Start/End1166/1166ft

Lincoln Woods Trail

Lincoln Woods Trail is a hiking trail in Lincoln, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest. It is 4.8 miles long and begins at 1,166 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 769 feet. Near the trailhead there are an information and restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Franconia Brook Trail, East Branch Road, Osseo Trail, Franconia Falls Trail, Bondcliff Trail and Black Pond Trail.

Lincoln Woods Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is an excellent choice for families and people just getting used to riding bikes over rocks and through mud. Experienced riders in the mood for an easy ride next to one of the most beautiful rivers in the White Mountains will also enjoy this trip.

This trip begins at the Lincoln Woods parking area on the Kancamagus Highway just east of Lincoln, New Hampshire. It follows an old woods road up the east side of the Pemigewasset River; crosses the river over a series of large boulders; and returns via the Lincoln Woods Trail above the west bank of the river. It is also possible to make a side trip to Franconia Falls, where you can swim in the cold waters of Franconia Brook."

"First discovered in 1805 by a 93-year-old woman while fishing, The Flume is a geological wonder—a slot gorge where whitewater crashes through a slim defile. The Flume quickly became a tourist attraction. You will not only pass through The Flume but also visit two historic covered bridges and learn about how this slice of the White Mountains was saved in perpetuity."

"This ride's general location is on the Kancamagus Highway (NH 112), east of Lincoln. Scenery includes Franconia Falls, just off the trail. This is a very popular trail.

The old East Branch & Lincoln Railroad bed follows the west bank of the Pemigewasset River. On the east bank is East Branch Road, a popular day-hiking spot for summer tourists. This ride ties them together with a portage across the river."

"This flat, easy hike off the scenic Kancamagus Highway is one of the most popular trails in the White Mountain National Forest. We avoid it in fall and summer, when the route is clogged with tourists and day hikers, and offers little of the peace and serenity we expect to find in the mountains and woods. But when the mercury drops, fair-weather visitors leave the area and hiking the trail becomes bearable again. Even in the dead of winter, you won’t have the path to yourself it’s a popular cross-country route, too. But it’s a fine walk in the woods, along the roaring East Branch of the Pemigewasset River, to icy ponds and frozen waterfalls.

The trail also provides access to a spiderweb of other trails leading into the Pemigewasset Wildemess, one of the largest roadless areas in the eastern United States. Want to try your hand at winter camping? Easy-to-access, low-elevation sites along the Wilderness Trail (the Lincoln Trail turns into the Wilderness Trail as it enters the Pemigewasset Wildemess) are some of the finest spots for first-time and veteran winter campers."

"This is an excellent choice for families and people just getting used to riding bikes over rocks and through mud. Experienced riders in the mood for an easy ride next to one of the most beautiful rivers in the White Mountains will also enjoy this trip. This trip begins at the Lincoln Woods parking area on the Kancamagus Highway just east of Lincoln, New Hampshire.

It follows an old woods road up the east side of the Pemigewasset River; crosses the river over a series of large boulders; and returns via the Lincoln Woods Trail above the west bank of the river. It is also possible to make a side trip to Franconia Falls, where you can swim in the cold waters of Franconia Brook."

"Riding through mixed forest, you get views of the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River and the White Mountains. The return side of this loop follows a section of the old East Branch and Lincoln logging railroad bed. An excellent waterfall and swimming hole are accessible via a short side trip.

Tread: 2.9 miles on jeep trail; 0.6 mile on singletrack; 2.9 miles on doubletrack (old logging railroad bed). Location: 5 miles east of Interstate 93, exit 32, just off Kancamagus Highway (New Hampshire 112) in White Mountain National Forest."

"The Lincoln Woods Cross-Country Ski Trails are a mellow winter playground for cross-country skiers and snowshoers. This is one of the most popular winter trail destinations in the White Mountain National Forest.

The U.S. Forest Service maintains about 8 miles of trails here, tracking and packing them after a sizeable snowfall. The trails are on opposite sides of the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River, yet both are double tracked with a lane in the middle. Skiers take the tracks. Snowshoers and hikers take the middle. Surface quality: Packed, double tracked."

"The Lincoln Woods Cross-Country Ski Trails are a mellow winter playground for cross-country skiers and snowshoers. This is one of the most popular winter trail destinations in the White Mountain National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service maintains about 8 miles of trails here, tracking and packing them after a sizeable snowfall. The trails are on opposite sides of the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River, yet both are double tracked with a lane in the middle.

The Lincoln Woods Trail, on the west side, is an ideal spot for families and first-timers. At its beginning it crosses a 160-foot suspension bridge. The trail then follows a straight line along an old railroad grade to a stone wall at a bridge over Franconia Brook. Along the way the Pemigewasset, with its browns, whites, greens, and brackish colors of winter, offers a soothing vista. The stone wall is a delightful place to stop for lunch. Be prepared for aerial visits from the birds that frequent the area. Skiers take the tracks. Snowshoers and hikers take the middle. Surface quality: Packed, double tracked."

"The Lincoln Woods Trail provides easy access to the Pemigewassett Wilderness, a vast protected area in the heart of the White Mountains. It follows the west bank of the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River. Explore Black Pond, a quiet and peaceful pond framed by mountains, and Franconia Falls, an exciting rush of water over rocks."

Lincoln Woods Trail Reviews

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5/31/2018
this trail is best
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5/28/2017
This trail was a great relaxing hike. the family and I only went to the falls since we started late. I have two 1 year old boys that I pushed in a double BOB stroller. Any jogger stroller will work great. We went the end of May so the bugs were not bad. I highly recommend this trail for anyone including family's with young children.
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8/17/2010
A nice and easy going trail but crossing over the river requires some agility. I didn't read this guide beforehand so did not know about the Pemi River crossing so I ended up crossing barefoot. Ultimately it wasn't a big deal, just that the larger yet more comfortable rocks to step on, are very slippery so you will have to step on the little stones which kinda hurts. Be aware, there is another small stream crossing about 100' after Pemi. Once across and over a bridge, you can park your bike at the Franconia Falls path and take a quick hike up to a natural flume ride. It's quite nice to slide down and splash 4 feet down into a cold pool of water. A pleasant experience overall.
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7/26/2010
Very windy in the clouds on Mount Lafayette and along ridge. An excellent day hiking, definitely a good workout. Colder then expected in the alpine zone, be prepared.
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9/22/2009
An enthusiastic 3 thumbs up...easily the BEST hike we've ever done. Warning: It is a grueling, steep ascent and descent, with moderate rock scrambling. Bring LOTS of water and and PLENTY of snacks, but you can refuel at Greenleaf Hut if you run out. For your suffering and determination, you will be rewarded thousandfold with unforgettable killer views as you hike the ridge of a true alpine mountain range with a totally unobstructed view (you are above treeline). We made frequent stops and did it in a day, the 9 mile loop took us about 9 hours, word to the wise: start EARLY. But you can sleepover at the AMC Greenleaf Hut to turn this into a 2 day hike. We ascended via Old Bridle Path and descended via Falling Waters. In our opinion, Old Bridle Path is far steeper than Falling Waters thus we would not recommend descending via Old Bridle Path. Be careful: Falling Waters can be slippery.
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6/20/2009
This is an extremely tough trail on the feet and knees; it was basically rock-hopping/bouldering the entire way (hiking boots are a must!). I did the reverse loop and started with Falling Waters; I would rather have a steeper ascent than descent (though the Old Bridle Path descent was plenty steep as is). Likewise, there are several points on the Falling Waters trail that are extremely slippery and steep and I was very very glad I didn't have to encounter those parts on a descent. The difficultly of the hike was a good way to test my mental and physical toughness and to get more comfortable with extremely rocky terrain. It is a long, strenuous climb and made for an all-day ordeal. I started at 9 AM and was back at the car by 4 PM. I probably spent about 45-60 min resting/taking pictures along the trail, so it was actually a faster pace than I expected to have on this terrain. The view at the top was non-existent; the peaks were completely surrounded by cloud-cover. However disappointing the lack of view, the cloud cover had a very cool, isolating effect and gave one the sensation of being alone at the top of the world. Overall, it was pretty busy with European tourists, and definitely got more crowded as the day went on. It looked like rain, but I got lucky; I imagine the trail is extremely treacherous when wet. Make sure you take a pack with emergency provisions and gear. Be prepared for a tough climb.
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8/12/2008
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9/14/2007
I know all of those reviews seem ridiculous but the trail really is that great. This trail is what should be used to inspire children to exercise more, I bet childhood obesity would decrease if kids realized this is what they were missing out on. Great workout, great views, AMC hut on the way, above treeline ridge walk. It truly does have it all.
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9/4/2007
Learn from my mistake, I would not advise taking your wife, husband, significant other, etc on this hike assuming it is their second time – ever – in the White Mountains. Also, bring good hiking shoes or boots. Your comfortable sneakers will leave you walking the last 2 (very rocky) miles like a drunkard (this will be the case in either direction). Also, there is cold water at the Greenleaf Hut. Had I known this, I would not have packed so much water to start. Overall, this is an amazing hike with some of the best views anywhere! Just set the expectation for an ALL DAY hike or brace yourself for a very quiet ride home with your wife or significant other.
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7/16/2007
Great hike with very scenic views. Decided to go up via the Falling Waters trail, as I would rather take the steepest part of the hike first (never heard of anyone falling UP a mountain). Humidity was pretty high on the hike, but the temp was in the mid-60's. Stopped off at the Shining Rock spur (well worth the trip) for a quick peek at the views. Made it to the top of Little Haystack in about 2 hours. The trip from Little Haystack to Mt Lafayette was great, with just a little cloud cover and a nice breeze. Quick stop at the AMC hut, then down the Old Bridle Path trail. This hike has some of the best views I've ever gotten from a hike, with a full 2 hours of hiking along the ridge line. A bit strenuous, but well worth the hike.
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Trail Information

Lincoln
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
White Mountain National Forest
Local Contacts
AMC White Mountain Map #2, USGS Mount Osceola
Local Maps

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Jul 2018