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."
--Jerry & Marcy Monkman, Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"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."
--Johnny Molloy, Hiking through History New England (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Jeff Faust, Mountain Bike! New Hampshire (Menasha Ridge Press).
"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."
--Diane Bair & Pamela Wright, Snowshoe Routes: New England (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--J. Richard Durnan, Mountain Biking the White Mountains: West (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Marty Basch, Winter Trails: Vermont & New Hampshire (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Robert N. Buchsbaum, AMC's Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
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