Franconia Falls

Description

Franconia Falls is a gorgeous waterfall located in Lincoln, New Hampshire. The main waterfall has a total height of about 30 feet and can be found along Franconia Brook. Franconia Brook flows strongest during spring when the snow melts and after heavy rainstorms. Considering the water flow is often greatest in the spring, the months of March, April, and May are recommended for visitors. That said, Franconia Falls is a great spot to visit year-round. The waterfall itself drops in a unique formation consisting of cascades, slides, pools, and small plunges. 

Accessing the waterfall is relatively easy. The waterfall is located in the White Mountain National Forest which features a great trail system. Visitors can park at the Lincoln Woods Trailhead lot right off the Kancamagus Highway and then hike to the falls. Follow the Lincoln Woods Trail for 2.9 miles and then take the Franconia Falls Trail for about 0.40 miles. Ultimately, the trail out-and-back is 6.6 miles and features an elevation gain of 367 feet. The trail is rated as moderate. 

Be sure to admire the Lincoln Woods Suspension Bridge at the beginning of the hike! If you’re looking for more great places to explore in New Hampshire, check out the official GoXplr New Hampshire Map!

 

Waterfall Specs

  • Height: Main falls drop about 30 feet
  • Type: Cascades, slides, pools, and small plunges
  • Water Source: Franconia Brook
  • Swimming: Great at the main falls, but can be dangerous at times. Be safe.

Franconia Falls Location

  • Park: White Mountain National Forest
  • Address:¬†Kancamagus Hwy
  • Town:¬†Lincoln
  • State:¬†New Hampshire
  • GPS: 44.1058, -71.5778
  • Parking Notes: The Lincoln Woods Parking Lot is very large. It can hold about 200 cars. A small parking fee is charged at a self-serve kiosk. If you have an America The Beautiful Pass, parking is free.
  • Parking Directions: HERE
  • Location Directions: HERE

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