White Mountain National Forest

White Mountain National Forest

Lincoln Woods Ski Trails

The Lincoln Woods Cross Country Ski System is located 4.7 miles east of I-93, exit 32 on the Kancamagus Highway (NH 112). National Forest information, a warming fire, hot and cold beverages, and limited retail goods are available at the concessionaire operated Visitors' Center. The adjacent parking lot accommodates about 160 vehicles.

There are 12 km (8 miles) of maintained trails offering a variety of skiing opportunities. These trails are also popular with hikers and snowshoe enthusiasts. Lincoln Woods Trail and Pemigewasset East Side Road have divided lanes to accommodate all users; Black Pond and Franconia Falls are shared.

Lincoln Woods Trail - Easiest, 4.5 km (2.8 miles), crosses a 160 ft. suspension bridge and then follows an old railroad grade along the river to a stone wall at the bridge over Franconia Brook. This trail provides a very easy tour because it is flat and has long, straight stretches.

Pemi East Side Road - More difficult, 4.6 km (2.9 miles), parallels the river on the east side, ending at gate which is the boundary of the Wilderness Area. At 1.4 km (0.9 mile) there is a nice distant view of Mt. Bond, and at 4.0 km (2.5 miles) there is a panoramic vista of Franconia Ridge.

Pine Island Trail - Easy 1.3 km (0.8 mile), by-passes the first hill (1.0 km, 0.6 mile) on the Pemigewasset East Side Road. It provides an enjoyable tour for viewing red pine and a scenic portion of the river.

Black Pond Trail - More difficult, 1.3 km (0.8 mile), diverges from the Lincoln Woods Trail at 4.2 km (2.6 miles). It skirts around the Ice Pond (where block ice was cut during the logging era) and then passes through a field which is the site of an old logging camp. The Trail continues to climb, following an old logging road, until it reaches picturesque Black Pond with its panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Beaver ponds, inactive during winter months, are seen from this trail.

Franconia Falls Trail - More difficult, 0.6 km (0.4 mile), diverges from the Lincoln Woods Trail at the stone wall by Franconia Brook 4.5 km (2.8 mile) and follows an old logging road. It parallels the brook to Franconia Falls, usually frozen and a unique visual experience.