Franconia Notch State Park – The Flume – Franconia, NH

Last Visited: July 2013

The Flume is a gorge carved through the granite of the White Mountains in Franconia

Covered bridge over the Pemigewasett River in Franconia Notch State Park

Covered bridge over the Pemigewasett River in Franconia Notch State Park

Notch that includes an amazing walk up a boardwalk built into the gorge.  The area also boasts a lovely waterfall (Avalanche Falls) on the approximately two-and-a-half mile loop hike along with a couple covered bridges and a visitor center with a wide variety of services.

In addition to the gorge that The Flume is well known for there is also a large basin that is viewable from the trail, a covered pedestrian bridge with an interesting back story worth reading about and lots of great things to enjoy at the visitors center.

Facilities, Fees and other information:

The Flume’s season runs during the warmer weather from early May through approximately October.  Please check the New Hampshire State Parks Website for

Exhibit inside The Flume visitor center.

Exhibit inside The Flume visitor center.

more details.  The visitor center has restrooms, a gift shop, food court, exhibits detailing the natural and human history of Franconia Notch and the option to see an 20 minute video about The Flume.

The boardwalk itself is not handicap-friendly and should be enjoyed with care as there are a lot of steps and narrow spots and it gets very slippery due to being wet almost constantly.  The rest of the hike is on wide well-maintained trails and parts of the attractions at the Flume are handicap accessible.  There is also a bus to cut off part of the hike if needed.

Admission is free for children under 6, $12 for children up to 12 years old and $15 for

Flume Gorge Visitors Center Entrance

Flume Gorge Visitors Center Entrance

everyone older than 12.  There is also an option to by a combination pass that includes a ride on the Cannon Mountain Tramway for a small $2 discount when you buy both.  If you want to take the tram but aren’t sure about the visibility check with the information desk at the visitor center as they can check the webcam atop Cannon Mountain for visibility and you can also upgrade your ticket to the combination pass as long as you do it before you leave the visitor center when you are done hiking.  You can only upgrade at the same facility where you bought your ticket.

Directions:

The Flume is located right off I-93 in Franconia Notch at exit 34A.  If you’re using a GPS device the following address and coordinates are the location of the main parking lot:

852 Daniel Webster Highway
Lincoln, NH 03251
44.096951, -71.68193