Appalachian Trail: Flume Visitor Center to US 302

This challenging 27.7-mile section traverses the Willey Range, and the Zealand, Garfield and Franconia Ridges. The payoff: Postcard mountain views, beautiful mountain huts, and the longest stretch of roadless wilderness in New Hampshire.
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This challenging 27.7-mile section traverses the Willey Range, and the Zealand, Garfield and Franconia Ridges. The payoff: Postcard mountain views, beautiful mountain huts, and the longest stretch of roadless wilderness in New Hampshire.

Shelters: Galehead Hut; sleeps 38. Zealand Falls Hut; sleeps 30.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 44.6

Waypoints

WPT013

Location: 44.1883163452148, -71.5687484741211

Twin Brook Trail to Galehead Hut

WPT005

Location: 44.1660652160644, -71.3882827758789

Trail to Ripley Falls .4 mi.

WPT001

Location: 44.1878814697266, -71.5688858032226

Galehead Hut

WPT003

Location: 44.1956481933594, -71.4934310913086

Zealand Falls

WPT005

Location: 44.1131820678711, -71.6674346923828

River

WPT004

Location: 44.112434387207, -71.675666809082

Flume Side Trail

WPT011

Location: 44.1771850585938, -71.4267654418945

Ethan Pond Campsite

WPT011

Location: 44.192684173584, -71.5811157226562

View to the SE where you can see Galehead Hut

WPT012

Location: 44.1757125854492, -71.4276275634766

Trail to Ethan Pond Campsite

WPT009

Location: 44.1404838562012, -71.6459197998047

Falling Waters Trail; Little Haystack Mtn.

WPT002

Location: 44.1104850769043, -71.6816177368164

AT turns W on Whitehouse Trail

WPT012

Location: 44.1900482177734, -71.5779647827148

Gale River Trail

WPT003

Location: 44.1873016357422, -71.610969543457

Garfield Summit; 360-degree views including the Franconia Ridge

WPT012

Location: 44.1836013793945, -71.4963836669922

Trail to view

WPT009

Location: 44.1613578796387, -71.5353240966797

Guyot Campsite

WPT008

Location: 44.1833648681641, -71.5091171264648

View E

WPT011

Location: 44.0970840454102, -71.6804351806641

The Flume Gorge Visitor Center:
Discovered in 1808, the Flume is a natural gorge extending 800 feet at the base of Mt. Liberty. The walls of Conway granite rise perpendicularly to a height of 70 to 90 feet and are from 12 to 20 feet apart. Bus service is provided to transport visitors to within 500 yards of the gorge entrance. Marked walking trails with signs explaining natural features lead to other points of interest, including the Pool and Sentinel Pine Bridge.

The contemporary visitor center, framed by a spectacular vista of Mts. Liberty and Flume, houses the Flume ticket office, an information center, cafeteria, gift shop, the state park system's historic Concord Coach, and a small auditorium where notch video programs are shown on a regular basis

WPT010

Location: 44.1723670959473, -71.4530639648438

Stream

WPT012

Location: 44.1694183349609, -71.6436004638672

Skookumchuck Trail

WPT007

Location: 44.1610717773438, -71.5375061035156

TR to Guyot Campsite

WPT008

Location: 44.1901168823242, -71.6070175170898

Trail to Garfield Ridge Campsite; spring

WPT006

Location: 44.1792488098144, -71.4798812866211

Zeacliff Trail

WPT001

Location: 44.1768989562988, -71.4274826049805

Ethan Pond

WPT010

Location: 44.1841659545898, -71.5058135986328

Spur trail to Zeacliff Pond

WPT002

Location: 44.1960601806641, -71.4932861328125

Side trail to Zealand Falls

WPT003

Location: 44.1102676391602, -71.6808700561524

AT turns E joining Liberty Springs Trail

WPT007

Location: 44.1188507080078, -71.6427841186524

AT turns W on Franconia Ridge Trail. You can side-track 0.3 mi E to Mt. Liberty

WPT005

Location: 44.180534362793, -71.4803314208984

View of rock valley; quarry

WPT011

Location: 44.1608657836914, -71.6444702148438

Mt. Lafayette; Old Bridle Path to Greenleaf Hut

WPT006

Location: 44.1170845031738, -71.6472854614258

Liberty Springs Tent site; railings help protect the fragile area from being impacted at Liberty Springs Campsite

WPT001

Location: 44.1957321166992, -71.4943466186524

Zealand Falls Hut

WPT004

Location: 44.1956825256348, -71.4906463623047

AT continues E on Ethan Pond Trail a jct. with Ethan Pond Trail

WPT010

Location: 44.1897163391113, -71.5989837646484

Franconia Brook Trail

WPT004

Location: 44.1726684570312, -71.404899597168

Kedron Flume Trail

WPT004

Location: 44.1897010803223, -71.6086807250976

AT turns E on Garfield Ridge Trail

WPT001

Location: 44.1708488464356, -71.3879470825195

US 302; parking

WPT001

Location: 44.1868515014648, -71.6185989379883

Garfield Pond

WPT006

Location: 44.1686515808106, -71.5356369018555

AT turns W @ jct. with Bondcliff TR to Guyot Campsite

WPT009

Location: 44.1700172424316, -71.461799621582

Shoal Pond Trail

WPT010

Location: 44.1099014282227, -71.6817169189453

AT turns W on Whitehouse Trail (paved bikepath); Track Leaves AT @ Whitehouse Trail following the Whitehouse Trail E to the Flume Visitor Center

WPT011

Location: 44.1841011047363, -71.4988327026367

Zeacliff Trail

WPT008

Location: 44.1699333190918, -71.4672012329102

River; brown with tannic acid

WPT004

Location: 44.1959991455078, -71.4924468994141

Random tent platform

WPT005

Location: 44.1876983642578, -71.5547027587891

AT turns E @ jct. with North Twin Spur Tr.; South Twin Mnt.

WPT004

Location: 44.1682167053223, -71.5341033935547

Mt Guyot

WPT007

Location: 44.1708183288574, -71.4713516235352

Thoreau Falls Trail

WPT009

Location: 44.110466003418, -71.6821517944336

AT goes under I-93 along river

WPT008

Location: 44.1375350952148, -71.6477661132812

Views to the S

WPT003

Location: 44.1750984191894, -71.4088516235352

AT turns E on Willey Range Trail

WPT010

Location: 44.1493492126465, -71.6443862915039

Mt. Lincoln (5,089 ft.)

WPT006

Location: 44.1667175292969, -71.3862152099609

Railroad

WPT014

Location: 44.1946334838867, -71.4959030151367

Waterfall Slide

WPT015

Location: 44.1952018737793, -71.4956130981445

Lend-A-Hand Trail

DSCF8245

Location: 44.1768493652344, -71.4274673461914

DSCF8078

Location: 44.1878318786621, -71.5688781738281

DSCF8160

Location: 44.1784515380859, -71.4794845581055

DSCF8082

Location: 44.1878318786621, -71.5688781738281

DSCF8140

Location: 44.1957244873047, -71.4944610595703

DSCF7999

Location: 44.1755676269531, -71.6382827758789

DSCF8103

Location: 44.1871185302734, -71.5546340942383

DSCF7935

Location: 44.1423873901367, -71.6441040039062

DSCF8114

Location: 44.1686172485352, -71.5356140136719

DSCF8202

Location: 44.1768684387207, -71.4276275634766

DSCF7944

Location: 44.1479110717773, -71.6446380615234

DSCF8062

Location: 44.1872482299805, -71.6108703613281

DSCF8087

Location: 44.1871185302734, -71.5546340942383

DSCF8185

Location: 44.1816291809082, -71.5199127197266

DSCF7910

Location: 44.1375999450684, -71.6477966308594

DSCF7965

Location: 44.1753997802734, -71.5226821899414

DSCF7924

Location: 44.1403465270996, -71.6459197998047

DSCF7985

Location: 44.1672019958496, -71.6451644897461

DSCF8130

Location: 44.1947860717773, -71.4958572387695

DSCF8146

Location: 44.195556640625, -71.4944229125976

DSCF8155

Location: 44.1792945861816, -71.4797821044922

DSCF8279

Location: 44.1708679199219, -71.3876266479492

Ethan Pond in White Mountain National Forest

Location: 44.1768493652344, -71.4274673461914