If you're a nature lover, Flume Gorge NH is a wonderful family experience for all ages. The Flume has it all - scenic vistas, waterfalls, river views, and even a covered bridge!
Visiting Flume Gorge NH was the highlight of our White Mountains vacation.
There are so many great spots to stop and take a photo. Although you can't see much of The Flume, this is one of my favorites from our trip.
Visiting Flume Gorge NH
The Flume Gorge is an absolutely amazing experience and a must-do for families visiting the Franconia Notch State Park area. The Flume is a natural gorge that starts at the Flume Visitor's Center.
Visitors to The Flume can choose to walk through only the Gorge or do the two-mile loop called Flume Trail, which is what we did. The walk is uphill with lots of stairs. We recommend wearing sturdy shoes. You'll want to plan on at least an hour and a half.
Address: Route 3, Off I-93 Exit 34A, Lincoln, NH 03251
Phone: (603) 745-8391
What is Flume Gorge?
Located at the base of Mt. Liberty in Franconia Notch State Park near Lincoln, the gorge was formed during the Jurassic Period 200 million years ago.
The trail has sections of boardwalk, gravel paths, and stairs that lead through the gorge allowing visitors to see the Flume Brook, Table Rock, and Avalanche Falls, as well as lots of flora and fauna.
Flume Gorge NH Ticket Rates
Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made online.
Please check the New Hampshire State Park website for the most current information. *All rates and dates are subject to change.
- $21 for adults (ages 13+)
- $19 for children (ages 6-12)
- children ages 5 and under are admitted free with paid adult
**Guests can save $3 per ticket if a reservation is made in advance.
For the operating schedule and most up-to-date information, please visit the Flume Gorge page on the NH State Parks website.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are designated dog walk areas in the Flume and Tramway parking lots, however, pets are not allowed in the Flume Gorge.
See the NH State Parks Pet Policy for more information.
According to the NH State Parks website; "Drone use is restricted at all NH State Parks. Drone operators are not permitted to take off or land within NH State Park boundaries."
In 1808, a 93 year old woman named Jess Guernsey was out fishing and discovered the gorge.
While the gorge is open year-round, the best times to visit are May-October. It is popular in summer and also during foliage season when many visitors stop while driving the Kancagmagus Scenic Byway.
Flume Gorge NH Scavenger Hunt
For kids, this is a fun scavenger hunt activity you can do while walking through the Flume Gorge. Print it out and bring it with you: Flume Gorge Scavenger Hunt.
What to Pack When Visiting Flume Gorge NH
- Bug Spray
- Hats and Sun Glasses
- Water Bottles
- Mini First Aid Kit
- Camera and Batteries
- Plastic Shopping Bag for Trash
Like most of the NH State Parks, The Flume asks visitors to carry-in/carry-out their trash.
Safe Hiking in NH
It is important to be prepared when hiking, even with the established path and all the walkways at Flume Gorge NH.
The NH Fish and Game Department and the White Mountain National Forest have provided tons of great information HERE for safe hiking in NH.
While it is unlikely that you would get lost when you stick to the trail at Flume Gorge, it is important to always be prepared. Learn more about the Hike Safe Card.
It is also important to note that cell phone coverage is spotty and you cannot rely on phone apps to help you navigate.
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