Kancamagus Highway Hiking Trails NH

There are many hiking trails along the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire. Below are details about the most common hiking trails that lead from the Kancamagus Highway. The trails are arranged from East to West. Included are photos and GPS locations for each trail head parking area. The Kancamagus Highway Map also has the trails and parking areas shown. Some of these hiking trails are also used for Cross Country Skiing Trails in the Winter.


IMPORTANT: Hiking can be dangerous! Weather can change instantly, be sure you are properly prepared before heading out and are wearing sturdy footwear made for hiking with good soles. The ten essentials of hiking are a map, compass, warm clothing, matches, first aid kit, whistle, rain gear, flashlight, pocket knife, extra food and water (with a way to purify water, never assume water is safe for drinking).


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Greeley Ponds Trail

Greeley Ponds Trail can be accessed at the hairpin turns on the South side of the Kancamagus Highway. The Greeley Ponds Trail heads South from the parking area and connects to Flume Path, Scaur Trail (not Scaur Ridge Trail) to “The Scaur,” Tripoli Rd., Mt. Osceola Trail (1.3 miles), Upper Greeley Pond (1.7 miles), and Livermore Rd (5.4 miles). Greeley ponds Trailhead parking GPS coordinates are: N44° 01.889 | W071° 30.992 (elevation – 1,960′)

East Pond Trail

East Pond Trail can be accessed West of the hairpin turns on the Kancamagus Highway. East Pond Trail heads South from the parking area. East Pond is 3.5 miles from the parking area and Tripoli Rd. is 5 miles. East Ponds Trailhead parking GPS coordinates are: N44° 02.128 | W071° 31.790 (elevation – 1,751′)


Discovery Trail

The Discovery Trail is a handicapped accessible trail on the West side of the Kancamagus Highway that offers a self-guided tour through 85 acres of the 800,000 acre White Mountain National Forest. The trail will help you discover how the forest is part of an ever changing landscape managed to protect the health of the ecosystem and to produce wood, water, wildlife, clean air and scenic and recreational opportunities. At the trailhead there is a small box with booklets that you can take with you on your way and will guide you as you go. Be sure to borrow one and return it when you are done. If you would prefer, you can  Print a Discover Trail Guide. Bathrooms are available at the parking area. Discovery Trailhead parking lot GPS coordinates are: N44° 02.777 | W071° 33.398 (elevation – 1,504′)


Lincoln Woods Trails

The Lincoln Woods Trailhead is the largest trailhead on the Kancamagus Highway. There is a Ranger Station and visitor center on site as well as bathrooms and postings for weather, trail conditions and historical information. The trails that start at the Pemigewasset river suspension foot bridge are: Lincoln Woods Trail, Pine Island Trail, East Side Trail, Osseo Trail, River View Loop, Pemigewasset Wilderness, Flume Slide Trail, Black Pond Trail, Franconia Brook Trail, the Wilderness Trail, Cedar Brook Trail, Lincoln Brook Trail, Bondcliff Trail,  and many other connecting trails. The Franconia Brook Campsite is located on the East Side Trail. Big Coolidge Mountain, Mt. Flume, Mt Liberty and the Flume are all within a few miles of the Lincoln Woods Trailhead. Lincoln Woods Trailhead parking lot GPS coordinates are: N44° 03.811 | W071° 35.306 (elevation – 1,161′)

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It would be very helpful if these hiking trails all listed their mileage, time length, and perhaps a link to some other site that shows the trail in better detail.

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