Vacationers can head out to explore the beautiful back roads of the White Mountains or travel the rural routes throughout Franconia, Easton and Sugar Hill and beyond. Several bike clubs are indigenous to this area and will often assist visitors and vacationers over well-established bike routes, or share more leisurely cycling paths with families. Several miles of bike paths run throughout Franconia Notch State Park. Rentals and maps are available at Franconia Sport Shop or at Cannon Mountain. Biking maps of New Hampshire, published by NH Department of Transportation, are available at the Franconia Notch Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center.
Franconia Notch Bicycle Path
This 9 mile paved bike path goes through Franconia State Park, passes Echo Lake, the Old Man of the Mountain site, the Basin, and the Flume Gorge. One of the main attractions of the Notch, it is a multi use trail for biking, walking, in-line skating & snowmobiling. Biking this trail offers an opportunity to stop and visit many of the State Parks other attractions; perhaps combining biking and swimming by stopping at Echo Lake and the Basin. Or combining biking with hiking at Lafayette Camp Ground where one can join the Lonesome Lake, Old Bridle Path to Mt Lafayette, and Falling Waters trails to Little Haystack. The Basin joins the Cascade Trail to Lonesome Lake & Mt Kinsman, or the Liberty Springs Trail to Mt Liberty. You can also combine biking with visiting The Flume.
To access the path in the north the parking lot and bike path start is at the lot on the right just after you enter route 3 north to Twin Mountain Exit 35 from Rte 93 north . To start the trail from the south you can park at the Flume Gorge parking lot Exit 34A off Rte 93, go all the way over to the left and you will see the start. The best way to enjoy this trail it to start at one end and leave your car at the other parking lot, north to south. The best way to do the trail round trip is to start at The Flume parking lot There are bike rental places in both Lincoln & Franconia.
Lincoln Woods Trail
This ride's general location is on the Kancamagus Highway (NH 112), east of Lincoln. Scenery includes Franconia Falls, just off the trail. This very popular trail follows the west bank of the Pemigewasset River along the old East Branch & Lincoln Railroad bed. On the east bank is East Branch Road, a popular day-hiking spot for summer tourists. This ride ties together with a portage across the river.
Lincoln Woods Trail (The Wilderness Trail)
Riding through mixed forest, there are views of the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River and the White Mountains. The return side of this loop follows a section of the old East Branch and Lincoln logging railroad bed. An excellent waterfall and swimming hole are accessible via a short side trip. Tread: 2.9 miles on jeep trail; 0.6 mile on singletrack; 2.9 miles on doubletrack (old logging railroad bed). Location: 5 miles east of Interstate 93, exit 32, just off Kancamagus Highway (New Hampshire 112) in White Mountain National Forest
Cherry Mountain Loop
A long day awaits voyagers along the Cherry Mountain Loop. Nearly 30 miles of distance combines with a heavy sum of gravity to keep you on the bike for many hours. You'll go up, up, up, and down much too briefly. The aerobic challenge comes of course from the climbing, and though singletrack trail skills won't come into play along the pavement and maintained gravel route, long, steep descents demand the ability to ride within your limit. And speaking of limits, watch the speed limit when falling down Cherry Mountain Road and the road through Jefferson Notch, for there's bound to be oncoming car traffic. Trail Surface: Maintained gravel roads and pavement
North of The Notch
Mountain bike paths crisscross the entire North Country. Littleton has excellent multi-use trails maintained by the local snowmobile club that connect to all other trails throughout the region. A map of their trails may be obtained from the Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce.
The White Mountain National Forest
Most of the National Forest is open to biking. Many old roads are excellent for mountain bikes. The Forest Service does ask that bikers avoid muddy trails and stay on designated roadways. The White Mountain National Forest Bike Map is available at the Visitors Center in Lincoln.
For additional trails go to www.nhtrails.org.