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The Flume Gorge

A stunning natural wonder in Franconia Notch State Park

March 30, 2021 Flume Gorge Update:
Winter access to the Flume Gorge Trail is currently open, but for use at your own risk. The trails are very icy and access without foot traction devices like microspikes is NOT recommended.

The Flume summer information below is from 2020 and will be updated soon.


The Flume Gorge was approved to open for Summer 2020 by The Governor's Task force on Reopening, Governor Sununu and the NH Department of Health and Human Services, under Modified Operating Rules.

Operating Dates & Times:
From October 5, 2020 - October 25, 2020:
Open daily from 8am - 4pm.
The last time slot for admission will be 3pm - 4pm. No entry will be permitted after 4pm.
Closing day is October 25, 2020.

Reservations for admission can ONLY be made ONLINE, in ADVANCE.
Tickets will not be available for purchase in person at the Flume Gorge.

Please refer to the Modified Operating Rules below BEFORE making a reservation.


2020 Summer Rates:
Ages 13+: $16
Ages 6-12: $14
5 & Under: FREE w/ paid adult.
* All rates and dates are subject to change.


- The Gilman Visitor Center will no longer operate as an open visitor center and will only have restrooms, limited food and limited retail.
- Entrance to the building will be for ticketed guests only once they've started on the Flume Trail.
- Reservation check-in is outside on the walkway in front of the main building.
- Once checked in, you will proceed around the building and begin the Flume Trail where you will then have access to building facilities.
- Sorry but Max the moose is in quarantine and is not in the building.
- Guests will have two hours total to complete the Flume Trail and exit through the building.

- Reservations can only be made online.
- There are no in-person ticket sales at the Flume.
- Reservations must be made for a specific arrival window (ex 1pm– 2pm) on a specific date.
- Example – if you select 1pm as your arrival – you have between 1pm and 2pm to check in and start your walk.
- Limited reservations will be available for each hour time slot.
- We cannot guarantee entry if you miss your arrival time.

Flume Gorge Trail:
- The Flume trail will be one way only and guests must exit through the building at the end of the walk.
- The "Short trail/Rim Path" is closed and the only option is to complete the full 2 mile loop in one direction.
- Shuttles will not be running to the Cabin and the Cabin will be closed to the public.
- The Flume trail is a self-guided two-mile walk with some uphill walking and stair climbing.
- Guests will have two hours to complete the walk and are encouraged to make limited stops.

Social Distancing:
- Maintain a 6 foot distance between you and other guests that are not with your party at all times.
- Do not congregate around photo spots and keep the flow of traffic moving through the Gorge.

Food Service:
- Food service is limited to Grab ‘n Go food pickup only and limited seating is available inside.

Flume Gift Shop:
- A limited and crowd-controlled retail operation will be available inside the building.
- The retail store can be only be entered once you've checked-in for your walk on the Flume Trail.

More About the Flume Gorge:
This stunning natural wonder will leave you spellbound as you stroll the path from the main walkway through the Flume Gorge and Liberty Gorge. The total path is 2 miles in length and takes approximately 1.5 hours. You'll see towering moss-covered granite walls, cascading waterfalls, historic covered bridges, glacial pools & boulders and much more.

Please note:
the Flume Gorge Trail is now ONE-WAY ONLY with the only option being to walk the entire loop in one direction. The Flume building can be accessed only once you begin the walk.

- The Flume is a natural granite gorge extending 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty.
- Towering granite walls rise to a spectacular height of 90 feet
- The Flume Gorge was discovered in 1808

PETS: Pets are only permitted in Franconia Notch State Park in the designated dog walks in the Flume & Tramway parking lots. Pets are prohibited from Echo Lake Beach, Lafayette Campground, on the Tram and in the Flume Gorge.