Greeley Ponds – 7.1 miles
A fairly easy hike on Greeley Ponds Trail to a pair of pretty ponds nestled between steep mountainsides. Upper Pond is reached at 1.7 miles and Lower Pond at 2.2 miles. The trail starts on the Kancamagus Highway, 10 miles east of Lincoln. Note: Do not hike the muddy Greeley Ponds X-C Trail; the hiking trail starts 0.1 miles farther east.
Sabbaday Falls – 0.6 miles
An easy 0.6 mile round trip stroll up the graded Sabbaday Brook Trail to a picturesque rocky waterfall. The trailhead is at picnic area 20 miles east of Lincoln.
Hedgehog Mountain – 5 miles
A moderately difficult 5-mile loop on the UNH Trail leads to three rocky viewpoints: Allen’s Ledge, the summit (elevation 2,532 feet), and the East Ledges. For a shorter hike, Allen’s Ledge is 2.2 miles round trip. This trailhead is off the highway across from Passaconaway Campground, 21 miles east of Lincoln.
Rocky Gorge and Falls Pond – 1 mile
A dramatic gorge and tranquil pond are found just a short walk from the parking area at Rocky Gorge Scenic Area. This is a recommended easy 1-mile hike, which includes Lovequist Loop around the pond. The parking area is 26 miles east of Lincoln. Swimming is prohibited in Rocky Gorge, but you can take a dip in the pools above the falls. Lower Falls has pools with fast and slow-moving water, small sandy beaches, picnic tables, parking and changing rooms.
Franconia Falls – 6.8 miles
Located off the Lincoln-Woods Trail, the falls are 3.2 miles in on a very level and easy trail. There are cold, clear pools and a hip-wide water chute. Park on the Kancamagus Highway, 4 miles east of Lincoln. Permit required.
Thirteen Falls – 16 miles
A series of scenic falls named for their proximity to old logging Camp 13. It is reached by an 8-mile hike along old logging railroad beds.
Lincoln Woods Trail – 6.5 miles
This trail begins at a parking area off the Kancamagus Highway 5 miles east of Lincoln. There is easy walking on an old logging railroad grade beside the East Branch of the Pemigewasset. At 1.6 miles there’s a riverside view of the distant Bond range. At 2.6 miles a 0.8 mile side trail leads to scenic Black Pond. At 2.9 miles another side trail leads 0.4 miles to the ledges and cascades of Franconia Falls (permit required). Beyond, the Wilderness Trail leads into the Pemigewasset Wilderness.
East Side Trail – 6.5 miles
This trail follows a gravel road up the east side of the East Branch, opposite Lincoln Woods Trail. At 0.5 mile a side path leads to the river’s edge and a view of Scar Ridge. At 2.5 miles there’s a panorama of mountains from a bank high above the river. At 2.9 miles the trail enters the Pemigewasset Wilderness, leading to scenic spots along the river in another 0.4 mile. This trailhead is the same one as for Lincoln Woods Trail.
Georgiana Falls Trail – 4 miles
These falls on Harvard Brook are accessed by an unmarked trail leaving from a parking area off Hanson Farm Road in Lincoln. An easy 1.3 mile hike leads to the Lower Falls in a beautiful wooded setting. The Upper, or Harvard Falls are a steep 0.5 mile farther.
Beaver Brook Cascades Trail – 2.3 miles
Beaver Brook climbs very steeply alongside a series of long, picturesque cascades, starting at 0.3 miles and ending at 1.1 miles. The trailhead for this trail is on Rt. 112 at Kinsman Notch, 6 miles west of North Woodstock.