Flume Gorge; Franconia Notch State Park Hike
Total Mileage: 2.3 Miles Directions 44.096855,-71.680813
Total rise: 581′ Facebook
Hike Time: 1.5 hours My Pintrest
Significance:Water falls, Caves, Gorges THE FIRE TOWER PAGE
Here is some of what you need to know: Open May 5th October 22nd 8:30-5 pm, Check out their webpage for fees
1. Scroll the mouse over the altitude line to see where it lines up on the map
2. Click on the flags for more information
3. Click on the pictures to make them large
I will divide this hike into two sections: the way up and the way down, both are cool and unique. This is a tourist destination and is designed in a way that would allow the general population to fully access it. The up hill climbs are minimal, decking and bridges make up a large amount of the path.
Starting from the gift shop you drop in elevation a bit, then climb about 360′ over half a mile; You will barely notice the walk uphill as you stare at the 80 foot rock walls around you and the water smashing on the rocks below. It is a true natural wonder and a great experience for the kids and me.
At the top of the flume path we turned onto the Liberty Gorge Trail; this takes you back down the mountain to a covered bridge (seen in pic next to the map above). From the bridge is an cool view of a gorge and the option to crawl through a small cave name the Wolf’s Den. The den was so tight I had to push my pack through first, I was claustrophobic for about 10 seconds before making it to the other side; it was a short cool little thing to do and the kids loved it. After the cave it is about a 1/2 mile walk past glacial boulder on your way back to the gift shop.
The picture of the Mountains is from the Visitors center which is pretty cool in itself. This Franconia Notch area is an awesome place to visit. There is tons of hiking for the adults like Mount Lafayette, camping at the Franconia Notch state park, or swimming at Echo Lake. Don’t be afraid to come and spend the week. Check out our Fire East Coast Fire Tower Page for some more hiking options.