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Flume Gorge

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

Closed Now
Opens Sun 8:30a
  • Independent
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
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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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“Natural gorge extending 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty.”

The walls of Conway granite rise to a height of 70 to 90 feet and are 12 to 20 feet apart. The Flume Trail is a ONE-WAY, 2-mile loop starting at the Check-in Booths located in front of the Flume Building. The entire loop takes approximately 1.5 hours and finishes at the Flume Building. The walk includes uphill walking and lots of stairs. The boardwalk allows you to look closely at the growth of flowers, ferns and mosses found here.Pets are not permitted in the Flume Gorge and Visitor Center. Admission is $14 for adults (ages 6+); children ages 5 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

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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
daisykat

  • 28 Reviews
  • 5 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.

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
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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Reviewed by
melissahazelwoodin

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
May 27, 2019

I’m not sure why this says that it’s permanently closed?? It is NOT. I live in the state of NH and will be going sometime this summer. I have been many times throughout my life and it’s a must see for anyone! BEAUTIFUL VIEWS!!

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Reviewed by
KC Coake

  • 41 Reviews
  • 15 Helpful
July 09, 2018
Rated 5.0

Beautiful! Nice 2.0 mile hike with tons of beautiful places to stop and lots of photography fun!

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Reviewed by
Mariyajohansen

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
March 14, 2017
Rated 5.0

Beautiful site, my wife and I had done this couple years ago we loved it and want to go back! Definitely recommend doing this!

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Reviewed by
spyder8913

  • 13 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
November 16, 2016
Rated 3.0

The site is not bad in the flume but the entire rest of this roundtrip through the forest is nothing special. Why have we paid for this? From my perspective it is a nice tripe along the river through the flume but not for this amount of money. 2nd concern: crowded!!!

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Flume Gorge

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

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  • Sun - Sat: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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