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“Incredible! A must see!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Flume Gorge

Flume Gorge
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Franconia
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Owner description: An 800-foot gorge that extends from the base of Mount Liberty. It is open from May 8 - October 25.
Ottawa, Canada
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“Incredible! A must see!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

If you're visiting Franconia Notch State Park or White Mountains National Forest, then you have to take the time to experience the Flume Gorge.

Access to the Flume is via The Flume visitor Centre and costs about $40 for a family of four (can't remember the exact rate, so please check the website.) Even the visitor's centre is pretty neat to browse around.

The full loop walking/hiking trail takes about two hours with all your stops to take photos. You can shave a bit off this by taking the shuttle bus up the first 20 minutes of trail.

You'll be treated to a beautiful stream that runs over some small falls, neat rock formations, nice vegetation, then finally, the Flume Gorge. A boardwalk brings you through the gorge all the way up to Avalanche Falls -- the entire walk is amazing! It feels like you're in Jurassic Park!

There are areas for all ages, from the Bear Cave and Wolf's Den for kids (small caves they'll love to run/crawl through) to the magnificence of the falls and Pool for others, there's something for everyone's tastes.

Do no miss this attraction if in the area!

Visited June 2014
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“A must see natural wonder”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

The flume gorge in Franconia State Park is a must see. The full walking trail takes well over two hours and for the most part the trail is quite easy and well maintained.

A visit to the flume gorge on a hot summer day is a wonderful respite where the gorge stone walls, cold stream and falls, together with the thick canopy of trees makes the hike and sightseeing very enjoyable.

The cost is only $15 per person, a great value. There is plenty of parking, an information center, gift shop, food court, ice cream and plenty of benches if you bring your own food.

Can't wait to return and to especially visit it again in the Fall.

Visited July 2014
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Illinois
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“Beautiful scenery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

The Flume Gorge in Franconia Notch State Park had some beautiful scenery. The hike was not hard (except for some steps) and the scenery was well worth the effort. There is a cost to do the hike but we felt it was worth the money, especially since there was not an entrance fee to the State Park. The employees were helpful when we asked questions about the surrounding area hikes. The hike had cascades, waterfalls, gorges and other beautiful scenery.

Visited June 2014
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Sterling, Connecticut
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“Amazing! ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

I went I this when I was little and didn't remember it. I'm not in the most physical shape someone can be but I did really good and I'm sure anyone like me can also to do this hike. There is a charter bus but it's honestly nothing. It's a five minute walk or a bus ride to cabin in the flume. Once there, there is no other bus. Good. Once you get to the falls your mouth will drop. I can't believe how this place was made 25,000 years ago! You won't be Hott if it's a warm day. Next to the falls the air keeps your body cool and feels great. I was worried about a lot of stairs and climbing. It's not like that most of the stair part is flat and a couple stairs spread apart so it's very easy! It's a long hike if you want to do the whole thing but it's also very easy walking. It took us I think 3hrs since we stopped a lot to take photos. It's not just the flume the rest of the park is breathtaking and has other falls and rivers and bridges across a pool of water. Spend the time there it's crazy nice. The gift shop wasn't badly priced either I purchased a sew on patch for $3 and a hiking pin for $4. Overall I would do this hike in a heartbeat again just to be between those walls of rock and see and feel that waterfall!

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Warlingham, United Kingdom
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“WOW”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

Nothing more to say really. A unique experience walking almost inside a raging torrent running through a narrow gorge. Not somewhere for people with limited mobility as there are steps and rocky slopes, but the walk is not onerous and the sights and the sounds worth any effort expended.

Note that it is worth taking the longer loop (2.3 miles) back to the visitor centre which takes in some other water falls, a second covered bridge and some challenging caves for those who enjoy such things.

Also worth noting that there is a discounted ticket for Flume Gorge and Cannon Mountain cableway tram.

Visited June 2014
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