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Flume Gorge

852 Daniel Webster Highway (Rt 3), Franconia, New Hampshire 03251 USA

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The Flume Gorge holds all the magic of the White Mountains, with towering granite faces alongside stunning waterfalls within a dense forest. It feels like a hidden world, and if you can take the two-mile hike at a less crowded time, like first thing in the morning, you'll be able to meander over bridges and up the side of the gorge on boardwalks while truly enjoying the sound of the water rushing over the rocks, creating hundreds of swirling pools edged with beautiful moss and ferns. Be prepared for this to cost more than the typical state park admission, but there is a Discovery Pass which is actually a great deal since it includes the awesome tram up to Cannon Mountain, located a few miles up the road.

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“Adventure awaits in nature's playground”

Embark on an exhilarating adventure in nature's playground at Flume Gorge. This 800-foot-long natural gorge features towering granite walls, cascading waterfalls, and lush foliage. Walk along the boardwalk that winds through the gorge and take in the stunning scenery. Explore the other hiking trails and attractions, including the covered bridge and the visitor center. Flume Gorge is a must-see destination for anyone who loves the great outdoors and a chance to experience the natural beauty of New England.

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Reviewed by
daisykat

  • 28 Reviews
  • 10 Helpful
June 06, 2020
Rated 2.0

This cost $14 per person and no pets aloud. It was frustrating and you had to have a registration. The internet ranked so we weren’t able to pay the “fee” so we left. It looked beautiful but $42 was a bit steep and I couldn’t take my dog for a hike after being in the car for 6 hours.

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
meghanfp

  • 1 Review
  • 5 Helpful
September 02, 2014
Rated 5.0

Great natural site! Accessible for most people. You can take a short hike to the trailhead or take a bus to the trailhead. if you take the bus, there is still a short uphill hike and stairs that need to be taken to get to the top of the flume. Last entry is at 5:30 PM, but once in, you can take as much time as you like. I went on a rainy afternoon at 5 PM and had the whole place to myself, despite its usually heavy traffic.

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
archersami17

  • 3 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
July 06, 2018
Rated 5.0

Flume Gorge is a beautiful place with many different views. You can walk into the gorge, look at waterfalls, walk across bridges and observe many types of wildlife. The trail to the gorge is a two mile loop that can seem very drawn-out. Afterwards you can visit the gift shop and eat at the food court. This is a great destination for a photographer seeking photo opportunities.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ashlymg

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
July 07, 2020
Rated 5.0

Beautiful trail! I’d recommend hiking shoes, we saw a lot of chipmunk along the way. The falls are gorgeous! You can go with kids. You’ll spend about 2-2 and a half hours here. Scenic drive nearby and a nice restaurant called black mountain burger where we actually saw a cub while having dinner.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
MaryKayLong

  • 5 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
July 05, 2018
Rated 5.0

Beautiful walkway with waterfalls and nature.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
danierobotz

  • 7 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
January 25, 2016
Rated 4.0

Closed for the winter!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
JamieUnkle

  • 6 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
October 07, 2023

The price is up to $21 a person. Didn’t do this hike and still was able to see lots of great scenery.

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Reviewed by
Kelly Bodensteiner

  • 12 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 22, 2023
Rated 5.0

With every penny! The hike was longer and steeper than we expected, but we made it through, even with my bum knee. And it was worth every step and every penny. Definitely one of the highlights of our NE adventure!

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Reviewed by
louis1971

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
June 15, 2022
Rated 5.0

We were on the fence about this one, but our whole family (including two teenagers) was glad we decided to go. It was a wonderful 2 mile round trip hike. You start off walking through well marked trails and eventually up a series of stairs which are bolted in to the rock face and elevates you above the gorge. After passing the falls, you loop around and come down the opposite side. Great photo ops along the way. We went in early June, before the Summer vacation season kicked in to full gear so the lines were vey reasonable and well spaced. A word of caution...If you've been in sloth mode sitting on the couch for the last 2-3 years courtesy of Covid, the inclines may be a bit challenging. Not impossible, but you may be a bit sore the following day.

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Reviewed by
roadtripper899188

  • 5 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 03, 2021
Rated 5.0

the cost to hike can add up if you’re with multiple people, just a warning if you’re trying to stay on a budget. however, it is so worth it if not!! we absolutely loved this hike! be prepared for some decently steep hills both up and down. but if you are able, it is absolutely worth it. we loved the views and if nothing else the smell and atmosphere change was incredible. highly recommend!

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Flume Gorge

852 Daniel Webster Highway (Rt 3)
Franconia, New Hampshire
03251 USA
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  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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