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The Flume Gorge and Visitor Center

The Flume

Route 3
Lincoln, NH 03257
(603) 745-8391

This is the ideal trip for a steamy summer day! Get a cool spray off the waterfalls and look at the shafts of light as they go deeper into the cool granite.

Take a walking tour through geologic time periods, Flume Visitor's Center Gift Shop with sparkling water and nearly 100 foot walls of granite. The cost is $15/adults, $12 for children 6-12 (5 and under free): a bus will bring you the first 1/2 mile, and then you have a choice of a 1/2 mile walk that includes the falls or a 1.5 mile hike that includes the falls and 'more' of NH's beauty. The latter is a pretty easy hike, taking well less than 2 hours, but be warned… there are many, many stairs.

Even the most jaded tourist will be moved by the sheer cliffs, mossy ledges and views of the surrounding area (1 1/2 mile hike) that includes tranquil pools and covered bridges.

The Flume was detected in 1808 by 93-year-old "Aunt" Jess Guernsey, reportedly the result of a fishing trip gone awry. Flume Visitor's Concord Coach Alas, nobody took Jess seriously….and she had to bring them by hand to the spectacle. I guess she not only showed them the Flume, she just plain showed 'em.

The Flume is truly one of those must see attractions in the White Mountains and is seen by about 180,000 paying guests a year. It really is just that wonderful. Although it is an easy hike, this one is not good for strollers, wheelchairs or children who poop out quickly (I can't imagine anything worse than 1.5 miles of the "Carry Me" chorus on slippery steps or rugged terrain.) However, for hearty young souls, this could be a very enjoyable day for all involved.

The Visitor Center is free and contains an outdoor information kiosk & trout pool and a well staffed indoor information center, concession cafeteria, and an exhaustive gift shop with all manner of NH garments and memorabilia. There is also a genuine historic Concord Coach on display "the covered wagon that tamed the old west". There is significant parking, picnic tables and some free trails as well, but do get there early. By midday parking can be scarce on weekends and holidays.

Parents can print a scavenger hunt list before visiting, so that children can have an organized activity for the day.

The Flume Gorge is open from early May through the fall, 9-5.


Scheduled Events

  Women's Health Conference  (5/15)
  Speedway   (5/18)
  1st Republic, 14th Star   (5/19)
  Airplane Family & Live Dead 69   (5/19)
  Dueling Pianos   (5/19)
  The Art of Dining   (5/19 - 21)
  A Gershwin Cabaret   (5/19 - 21)
  Mersey Beatles   (5/20)
  David Crosby   (5/21)
  Paddle The Border   (5/21)
  Cocker Rocks   (5/25)
  Rusted Root   (5/26)
  Sky Blue Boys   (5/26)
  Nor'easters   (5/27)
  Redneck Poker Run   (5/27)
  Dixville Notch Music Festival   (5/27 & 28)
  27th Wildquack Duck Race   (5/28)
  Boston Stand-Up Comedy   (5/28)
  Jackson's Cake Boss   (5/28)
  Memorial Weekend Concert   (5/28)
  Robert Cray Band   (5/28)
  Springing Into Summer Fest   (5/28-6/18)
  Race for Reading 5K   (5/29)
  Drive in the '50s   (6/1)
  Fabulous Thunderbirds   (6/2)
  Jimmy Dunn   (6/2)
  One Night In The Valley   (6/2-4 & 9-11)
  Lupine Celebration Market   (6/3-4)
  Steven Hancoff   (6/4)
  'Tee It Up For Kids' Golf Tourney   (6/4)
  Rags, Blues, Folk and Jazz   (6/6)
  From Obscurity to Eminence   (6/7)
  Gaelic Storm   (6/9)
  Cohen Memorial Golf Tourny   (6/10)
  Pollyanna Glad Day   (6/10)
  Recycled Percussion   (6/10)
  Regional US12 Regatta   (6/10)
  Wooden Ships   (6/10)
  Murder Mystery Dinner Train  (6/10 & 17)
  Hayes Carll   (6/11)
  Side Walk Stroll   (6/17)
  Richard Thompson   (6/21)
  Michael Franti & Spearhead   (6/22)

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