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Hike Flume Gorge In Lincoln Before Summer Ends

Aug 09, 2023 03:33PM ● By Virginia Dean
Discovered at the turn of the 19th century, the Flume Gorge in Lincoln, New Hampshire, is said to leave hikers spellbound as they stroll the path from the main walkway through the Flume Gorge and Liberty Gorge. The Flume is a natural granite gorge extending 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty. Towering moss-covered walls rise to a spectacular height of 90 feet with cascading waterfalls, historic covered bridges, and glacial pools and boulders.

The Flume Gorge trail is now one way with the only option being to walk the entire loop in one direction (the old short trail/Rim Path is now closed). This self-guided walk is two miles and takes approximately 1.5 hours. The trail is mostly packed gravel with boardwalk sections and includes moderate uphill walking and stairs within the gorge. Appropriate footwear is recommended. The trail is not handicap accessible. Shuttles will not be running this summer, and the upper cabin will remain closed. 

The Visitor Center is open to the public for the gift shop, food court, and restrooms. The Visitor Center is handicap accessible. Operating dates and times extend from May 12 to October 2023 from 9 am to 5 pm. The last time slot for admission is from 4 to 5 pm. No entry will be permitted after 5 pm.

Reservations for admission should be made online in advance, as in-person availability is not guaranteed. Reservations must be made for a specific arrival window (for example, 1 pm to 2 pm) on a specific date. Limited reservations are available for each hour time slot. A reservation must be made for all people in a group, including ages five and under. Guests must arrive and check in during their selected time period. There is no guaranteed entry if visitors miss their arrival time; walk-ins are accepted only when space is available. Guests will be turned away when tickets are sold out. Refunds are not offered due to weather unless the facility is shut down for the day. Refund requests can be made by emailing [email protected] by 9 am on the day of the reservation. Pets are prohibited from the Flume Gorge, Echo Lake Beach, Lafayette Campground, and on the tram. Pets are only permitted in Franconia Notch State Park in the designated dog walks in the Flume and tramway parking lots.

For further information, visit or contact (603) 745-8391 (852 Daniel Webster Highway, Exit 34A off I-93 in Lincoln, New Hampshire).

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