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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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      Open on Aug 11, 2019

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Global Ranking
      #684
      State Ranking
      #4
      Trails (view details)
      24
      Trails Mountain Bike
      24
      Trails Hike
      23
      Trails Trail Running
      23
      Total Distance
      11 miles
      Total Descent
      2,954 ft
      Total Vertical
      208 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      530 ft
      Reports
      160
      Photos
      21
      Ridden Counter
      1,921

      Popular Franklin Falls Dam Mountain Biking Trails

      Photos of Franklin Falls Dam Mountain Bike

      trail: Caddywhompus
      11 |
      Jun 2, 2019 @ 4:34pm
      Jun 2, 2019
      trail: Caddywhompus
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      Jun 2, 2019 @ 3:46pm
      Jun 2, 2019
      trail: Access Road
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      Jun 2, 2019 @ 3:46pm
      Jun 2, 2019
      trail: Access Road
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      Jun 2, 2019 @ 3:46pm
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      Videos of Franklin Falls Dam Mountain Bike

      Salmon Brook Trail
      3:37 | 79 | Jul 6, 2017
      Chicken Ravine: Uncut
      1:18 | 70 | Jul 5, 2017
      Franklin Falls MTB gopro
      2:31 | 162 | Dec 22, 2014
      Stump Jump G00d
      trail: Stump
      0:10 | 185 | Jun 25, 2014

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      user #1773194Mikekunath594addridelogAug 19, 2019 ride log
      Aug 20, 2019 @ 8:08am
      2 days
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      Aug 19, 2019 @ 4:48pm
      2 days
      user #1797821JohnwhessionaddridelogAug 19, 2019 ride log
      Aug 19, 2019 @ 8:15am
      3 days
      user #1860980Slated-FarleyaddridelogAug 17, 2019 ride log
      Aug 17, 2019 @ 1:07pm
      Aug 17, 2019
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      Aug 17, 2019 @ 8:39am
      Aug 17, 2019

      Nearby Areas

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      Spaulding Woods 5 65 km
      Page Hill 4 4 26.9 km
      Highland XC Trails 2 4 47.2 km
      Highland Mountain Bike Park 4 9 6 67.3 km
      Proctor Academy Trails 5 10 48.6 km

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