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 Flume Gorge - Franconia Notch State Park

What is There to do in Lincoln New Hampshire

February 11,2022 - By: D. Chandler -

Lincoln New Hampshire is a small mountain village located adjacent to the White Mountains.  Its location makes it a great place to explore the area attractions and sights.

We have created a guide for what there is to do in the Lincoln New Hampshire region.


1. Flume Gorge

Flume Gorge is part of Franconia Notch State Park.  It is located only 4.8 miles North of Lincoln off Route 3.  The Flume is a natural gorge that stretches 800 feet at the foot of Mount Liberty.

The Flume Covered Bridge is on the property and is a beautiful covered bridge located on the trail to the Flume Gorge.  There are multiple wooden walkways through the gorge allowing many vantage points of the Flume.

You'll love this short hike thanks to the majestic waterfalls and stunning 70- to 90-foot-high granite cliffs everywhere. Walking along the Flume, you can see the remains of the main basalt dam at the bottom and small trees growing on the walls of the gorge. 

Stop at the Flume Gorge Visitor Center (Exit 34A on I-93) for a beautiful two-mile self-guided nature hike through a natural canyon eroded by a basalt dam that has been severely eroded by millions of years of eroded Conway granite. If you want a shorter hike, follow the 0.5-mile Rim Trail from the top of the falls. The Ridge Trail takes you across a gorgeous covered bridge, slips into a cave in a wolf's den, and marvels at the giant glacial boulders. 

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 Kancamagus Highway - White Mountains, New Hampshire

2. Kancamagus Highway Scenic Byway

The Kancamagus Highway is a 34.5-mile scenic passage from Lincoln to Conway over Kancamagus Pass.  This highway is listed as one of America’s Best Scenic Byways and is a very popular scenic drive through the White Mountain National Forest. 

From the Kancamagus Highway there are scenic turn-offs with epic views of the mountains and valleys below, waterfalls, a covered bridge, gorges as well as many spots along the Swift River to stop and visit.


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 Flume Covered Bridge - Franconia Notch State Park

3. Sabbaday Falls

Sabbaday Falls is located off the Kancamagus Highway.  From the parking lot there is a short hike on a well maintain path to the falls.  The falls is a series of plunge drops, swirling pools and a chute.  Around the falls are wooden catwalks to better see this scenic area and the water flows.

There is no swimming at this waterfall but it’s certainly a great place to go on a hot summer day as the air is cool and moist around the falls area.

4. Lower Falls Scenic Area

This spot is also off the Kancamagus Highway and is a bustling spot during the summer and fall.  Climb amongst the rocks on the Swift River and wade in the pools and cool mountain water.  This is a good spot for a picnic, sun bathing or wading in the water.

There are picnic tables and a large parking lot but get here early as it does fill up quick especially on warmer days.

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 Sabbaday Waterfalls - Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire

5. Rocky Gorge Scenic Area

Rocky Gorge is a very pretty area with a large gorge with rushing water flowing through the carve out of the bedrock.  There is a sturdy steel and wooden bridge over looking the gorge or you can climb out onto the rocks next to the gorge.

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 Hiking in the White Mountains Outside of Lincoln

6. Artist Bluff Hiking Trail

This hiking trail is a short easy hike from the Echo Lake Beach parking lot.  Take this 1.5 mile trail through the forest and a slight incline to this bluff look-out.  The views from Artist Bluff are stunning with a full 200-degree view of Franconia Notch, Cannon Mountain, Echo Lake and the valley below.  This spot is popular with photographers and fall leaf peepers.

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 Swift River - Kancamagus Highway

7. Clark’s Trading Post

This mountain valley amusement park is a unique treasure which could only be in the White Mountains.  They offer an iconic train ride through the park with an adventurous narrative with mountain side characters and an exciting turn of events as the train makes its way along the line.  This is a family-oriented park with attractions such as a black bear amusement show, Chinese acrobats, blaster boats, climbing towers and the Anaconda Escape ride (an thrilling water raft ride).


8. Lincoln Woods

This is a great place to get in a few hikes.  The Lincoln Woods trailhead is the beginning of several trails along the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River.  The Franconia Falls trail is rated as easy and you get to see a natural waterfall at the end of the trail

There is also the Wilderness Trail is you are looking for a nice easy trail paralleling the river with water and forest views.


9. Forest Discovery Trail

This trail is located off the Kancamagus Highway within the White Mountain National Forest.  It is a loop trail that is rated as easy and great for singles, couples or family. 

It is an educational trail with placards labeling the habitat, animals of the area, tree species, wildflower patches and other interesting facts about the forest.


10. Franconia Notch State Park

Franconia Notch State Park is full of much to do.  From exploring the Flume Gorge, The Basin, a wealth of hiking trails, Echo Lake Beach or simply driving through the dramatic mountains jutting into the sky on both side of US93, Franconia Notch State Park is a must see for anyone visiting the White Mountains.


11. The Basin

The Basin is located just off US 93 South and is a network of hiking trails with unique swirling water of the Pemigewasset River.  This area has beautiful pools, potholes carved out of the bedrock and small waterfalls in a series of drops.

This is a popular spot for lazy walks exploring the river’s edge and the bubbling water flow in and around the rocky landscape.  It’s common to see photographers here shooting long exposure shot of the waterfalls and pools.


12. Kinsman Falls

Kinsman Falls is a short hike from the Basin parking lot to the base of the falls.  This falls is supplied water from Cascade Brook and you will find several cascades, slides and small pools along the way to Kinsman Falls.

Kinsman Falls is a tight water fall with cascades, slides and small plunges.  It’s a great place for a picnic or spending some time reading a book taking in the ambience.


13. Echo Lake Beach

Echo Lake Beach is on the northern portion of Franconia Notch State Park and just 10 minutes from Lincoln.  This small lakeside beach is a great spot to get some sun, splash in the water and admire the tremendous mountain views.

14. Franconia Notch Recreation Trail

This multi-use trail is a 20-mile stretch paralleling US93 in a out and back trek.  The trail passes by major attractions of the Franconia Notch State Park including Flume Gorge, Profile Lake, Boise Rock, The Basin, Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway as well as Echo Lake.

It’s a great spot for running, walking or biking.  There is no fee for the bike path but fees are charged at some attractions include the Tramway and Flume Gorge.


15. Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway

The exciting Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway is a great way to get a bird’s eye view of Franconia Notch and the surrounding mountains while tethered to a sturdy cable and inside the aerial tram cable car.


16. White Mountain National Forest

The White Mountain National Forest is surrounding Lincoln with over 800,000 acres of wilderness and a maze of hiking trails, mountaintops, scenic drives, waterfalls and area activities.  Lincoln is situated at the southern area of the White Mountains so there is much to explore north and east of Lincoln along US93 North or the Kancamagus Highway headed east towards North Conway.

See the White Mountain National Forest website for more information

17. Whale’s Tale Water Park

This is the only major outdoor waterpark in the White Mountains.  It is located in North Woodstock just 8 minutes north of Lincoln.  This 17-acre waterpark features Akua Beach, Banzai Pipeline, Beluga Boggin, Castaway Cove, Downpour and the Eye of the Storm.  Fun place on a hot summer day.


18. Hobo Hills Adventure Golf

Looking for a little adventure golf in the White Mountains in Lincoln.  Check out this well-designed course of 18 holes of miniature golf at Hobo Hills Adventure Golf.  With the backdrop of the White Mountains, this is a great way to relax in Lincoln as a couple, group of friends or the whole family.


19. Jean’s Playhouse

Check out a summer play at Jean’s Playhouse.  They offer award-winning plays and musicals in the White Mountains.  Located in Lincoln, this is a great way to relax with a summer show.  Check their calendar for showtimes and upcoming productions.


Outside of Lincoln

Story Land

Story Land is a great destination for the whole family.  Located in Glen New Hampshire, Story Land is about 60 minutes from Lincoln.  Story Land is the fairy tale of your dreams in New Hampshire’s best attraction for families.  Since 1954, Story Land has been thrilling families far and wide.
Experience the Princess castle, Polar Coaster, Roar-O-Saurus or dine with Cinderella.  This is a popular spot win the White Mountains.

Plus, next door is the Living Shores Aquarium with many aquatic exhibits, fish, birds and water creatures.

Santa’s Village

Santa’s Village is a big attraction in the White Mountains including all kinds of Santa rides, reindeer and a water park.  Santa’s Village is open throughout the summer and is about 1 hour from Lincoln.


Sun and Fun In and Around Lincoln

Here are some of the choice attractions in the Lincoln area to give you a big list of things to do.  When you’re in Lincoln New Hampshire you not far from the many attractions available to explore.

Also See Easy Hikes in New Hampshire with Waterfalls



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