PHOTOS: A walk through the Flume Gorge

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  • The Flume Gorge inside the Franconia Notch State Park features a 70 to 90 wall of Conway granite on each side with a 12 to 20 foot gap to form a natural gorge. The walkway at the bottom of the gorge packed socially distanced walkers on Sunday, October 25, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Visitors hike along wooden boardwalks at the Flume Gorge inside the Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln on Sunday.

  • The Flume Gorge inside the Franconia Notch State Park features a 70 to 90 wall of Conway granite on each side with a 12 to 20 foot gap to form a natural gorge. The walkway at the bottom of the gorge packed socially distanced walkers on Sunday, October 25, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Flume Gorge inside the Franconia Notch State Park features a 70 to 90 wall of Conway granite on each side with a 12 to 20 foot gap to form a natural gorge. The walkway at the bottom of the gorge packed socially distanced walkers on Sunday, October 25, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Flume Gorge inside Franconia Notch State Park features a 70 to 90 wall of Conway granite on each side with a 12 to 20 foot gap to form a natural gorge. The walkway at the bottom of the gorge packed socially distanced walkers on Sunday, October 25, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Flume Gorge inside Franconia Notch State Park features a 70 to 90 wall of Conway granite on each side with a 12 to 20 foot gap to form a natural gorge. The walkway at the bottom of the gorge packed socially distanced walkers on Sunday, October 25, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Flume Gorge inside the Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln on Sunday, October 25, 2020. The water flowing has smoothed over the rocks at the bottom of the gorge. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Flume Gorge inside the Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln on Sunday, October 25, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Flume Gorge inside the Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln on Sunday, October 25, 2020. The water flowing has smoothed over the rocks at the bottom of the gorge. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Flume Gorge inside Franconia Notch State Park features a 70 to 90 wall of Conway granite on each side with a 12 to 20 foot gap to form a natural gorge. The walkway at the bottom of the gorge packed socially distanced walkers on Sunday, October 25, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Flume Gorge inside the Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln on Sunday, October 25, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Flume Gorge inside the Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln on Sunday, October 25, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Flume Gorge inside the Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln on Sunday, October 25, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Flume Gorge inside the Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln on Sunday, October 25, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Flume Gorge inside the Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln on Sunday, October 25, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Flume Gorge inside the Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln on Sunday, October 25, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Water drips down the side of the Flume Gorge inside the Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln on Sunday, October 25, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Flume Gorge inside the Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln on Sunday, October 25, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Flume Gorge inside the Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln on Sunday, October 25, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Flume Gorge inside the Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln on Sunday, October 25, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Flume Gorge inside the Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln on Sunday, October 25, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Flume Gorge inside the Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln on Sunday, October 25, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Flume Gorge inside the Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln on Sunday, October 25, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Flume Gorge inside the Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln on Sunday, October 25, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Flume Gorge inside the Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln on Sunday, October 25, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Flume Gorge inside the Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln on Sunday, October 25, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • The Flume Gorge inside the Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln on Sunday, October 25, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 10/29/2020 8:34:47 AM

Peak foliage season has passed for all except the most southern reach of New Hampshire, but hiking trails continue to be popular draws for tourists and locals alike looking for a bit of escape.

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a surge in recreation in state parks and national forests, and the Flume Gorge in Franconia State Park is no different. The Lincoln attraction, which features a loop around the historic natural gorge, has social distancing policies in place and requires mask wearing but has lines throughout. The loop takes about an hour and half to complete.

The gorge itself features Conway granite that rises 70 to 90 feet and 12 to 20 feet apart which creates the gap. A wooden walkway snakes through the gorge and then a trail rises above it where onlookers can watch where they made their way. The trail then snakes along the waterway and ends up back at the gorge information center.

The Flume also features a covered bridge built in 1886, the oldest in the state; Avalanche Falls, a 45-foot waterfall; Table Rock, a 500-by-75-feet section of Conway granite; Sentinel Pine Bridge and Pool, a 40-feet-deep basin; and the Wolf Den, a narrow section of path that requires crawling on your hands and knees to pass through.

Reservations are needed and the area is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit website is nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/flume-gorge.




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