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      The Franklin Falls Dam federal flood control llands are located on both sides of the Pemigewasset River between Bristol and Franklin, NH. The property consists of more than 2,500 wooded acres and spans five towns. It is managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The mountain bike trail system is centered near the Franklin Falls Dam administrative offices on highway 127, three miles south of I-93 off exit 22. The system currently consists of approximately 10 miles of multi-use trail, built by mountain bikers for mountain bikers.

      Much of the terrain is very “un-New England like” with very few rocks. As a result Franklin Falls is known for its flowing, buff single track. It is great venue for group rides with mixed skill levels. Experts can enjoy high speed tree-slaloming, while novices can enjoy the trails at a more relaxed pace without getting in over their heads in difficulty level. Even your roadie friends can have fun here Some of the fastest flow can be found on trails that include Moose Gully, Pine Snake, Bee, Lost Wall Rusty Bucket, and Stump. Trails on the slightly tighter side include Rogue, Caddywhompus, and Cellar Hole. The newest trail, Sniper is a nice combination of flow and undulating terrain. For advanced riders looking for a more technical challenge, Salmon Brook Trail offers steeper pitches, tight switchbacks, narrow benches, bridges, and rock gardens. It rides best when entering at its intersection with the Rusty Bucket Trail.

      The signature trail at Franklin Falls is Mighty Chicken. It is sure to put a smile on your face. Mighty Chicken is a gravity trail, built in a natural half-pipe created by the walls of Chicken Ravine. The trail surfs up and down the ravine walls then finishes out over a series of drops and berms. It continues to be tuned to increase the yeehaw! index.

      The trail system is open year round, and is a great choice for early spring riding when other trail systems are closed for mud season. Sandy sub-soil keeps the area extremely well drained so mud is virtually non-existent.

      Central NH NEMBA considers Franklin Falls its home base, but also maintains Ahern Park in Laconia, and led by Jesse McGowan is developing a new trail system, Page Hill, in the town of Hill, NH. The Page Hill trail system development is a partnership with Lakes Region Conservation Trust.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
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      Region Status
      Open as of Apr 23, 2022
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      28
      Trails Mountain Bike
      27
      Trails Hike
      27
      Trails Trail Running
      27
      Trails Snowshoe
      1
      Total Distance
      13 miles
      Total Descent
      2,243 ft
      Total Vertical
      198 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      514 ft
      Reports
      417
      Photos
      43
      Ridden Counter
      10,634

      Franklin Falls Dam Mountain Bike Routes

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      Shenanigans
      9 miles
      Freeztivus Long Route
      8 miles

      Recent Ride Log Activity in Region

      Today
      • 6 rides
      Yesterday
      • 1 rides
      Past Week
      • 29 rides

      Photos of Franklin Falls Dam Mountain Bike

      trail: Rogue
      32 |
      Feb 21, 2021 @ 2:48pm
      Feb 21, 2021
      trail: Caddywhompus
      19 |
      Jan 16, 2021 @ 8:43am
      Jan 16, 2021
      trail: Lost Wall
      20 |
      Dec 4, 2020 @ 9:46am
      Dec 4, 2020
      trail: Rusty Bucket
      56 |
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 9:49am
      Aug 24, 2020
      trail: Sniper
      59 |
      Jul 29, 2020 @ 7:49am
      Jul 29, 2020
      trail: Salmon Brook
      104 |
      Nov 10, 2019 @ 4:43am
      Nov 10, 2019
      trail: Caddywhompus
      70 |
      Jun 2, 2019 @ 4:34pm
      Jun 2, 2019
      trail: Caddywhompus
      69 |
      Jun 2, 2019 @ 3:46pm
      Jun 2, 2019

      Videos of Franklin Falls Dam Mountain Bike

      Salmon Brook Trail
      3:37 | 325 | Jul 6, 2017
      Chicken Ravine: Uncut
      1:18 | 185 | Jul 5, 2017
      Franklin Falls MTB gopro
      2:31 | 378 | Dec 22, 2014
      Stump Jump G00d
      trail: Stump
      0:10 | 210 | Jun 25, 2014
      Stump Jump BAD
      trail: Stump
      0:08 | 243 | Jun 25, 2014
      EPIC FAIL
      trail: Stump
      0:22 | 591 | Oct 6, 2013
      Chicken Ravine-Franklin Falls NH
      1:00 | 159 | Jul 27, 2013
      Rm 125 crash on gap
      trail: Stump
      1:13 | 494 | Aug 23, 2012

      Recent Trail Reports

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      user #3032310grizzlyadamsdidhaveabeardriddentrailWhaleback
      Jul 6, 2022 @ 4:46pm
      4 hours
      user #837498CaptainbriaddkarmaFranklin Falls Dam
      Jul 3, 2022 @ 2:10pm
      Jul 3, 2022
      user #2856634jsargevtaddreportOld Bench
      Jul 3, 2022 @ 2:08pm
      Jul 3, 2022
      user #1331307darweewishlistrouteShenanigans
      Jun 22, 2022 @ 7:36am
      Jun 22, 2022
      user #3083965BodinOSe6BJaddreportSniper
      Jun 19, 2022 @ 11:30am
      Jun 19, 2022

      Recent Comments

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      user #1844845Jryan2445trailRusty BucketFun trail, nice challenging decent.
      Jun 22, 2020 @ 6:38pm
      Jun 22, 2020
      user #1844845Jryan2445trailSniperIt may be the best trail at Franklin Falls.
      Jun 22, 2020 @ 6:37pm
      Jun 22, 2020

      Nearby Areas

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      Veterans Memorial Recreation Ski Area 22.9 km
      Spaulding Woods 5 65 km
      Page Hill 3 6 26.2 km
      Highland Mtn7 km
      Highland XC Trails 4 2 77.2 km

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      • Central NH NEMBA

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike2712 miles2,119 ft5 miles194 ft
      #524#2684341723,760
      Hike2713 miles2,139 ft5 miles197 ft
      #392#24241228
      Trail Running2713 miles2,139 ft5 miles197 ft
      #391#24041219
      Snowshoe14,587 ft33 ft1,296 ft66 ft
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      • Admins: TILTON, CNH NEMBA, CNH NEMBA, FranklinFalls
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