Our hostel brings hikers, cyclists, and travelers from all over the world together. Lasting friendships form here, and even marriage proposals!


The Notch is minutes from NH’s 48 4000-foot peaks, the Kancamagus Scenic Byway and cycling route, and Loon, Cannon, and Bretton Woods ski resorts.


We prioritize social justice work at home and in our community, and have zero tolerance for racism, homophobia, transphobia, or discrimination among guests or staff.

Make the Notch Hostel your White Mountains Base Camp.

The Notch Hostel is an 1890 farmhouse in North Woodstock, NH, that two young hikers from Massachusetts purchased and converted into a 30-guest hostel in 2015. Located one mile from downtown Lincoln/N. Woodstock and just minutes from Franconia Notch, Loon Mountain, and the Kancamagus Highway, this hostel is perfectly situated for any White Mountain adventure.

Stay in one of our shared or private rooms and enjoy our guest kitchens, lounge areas, and gardens. Thru- and section hikers on the Appalachian Trail can access us from Kinsman and Franconia Notch, and enjoy slackpacking and other special services. We’re open summer and winter, so come check us out on your next visit to the White Mountains! All our policies are listed here.

Guests consistently rate the Notch as one of the cleanest and most secure hostels they’ve ever stayed at. The porches and fire pits are the place to be on summer nights, and the winter crowd gathers around the indoor stove to share stories from the day. We have dog-friendly rooms and, in summer, a fenced-in yard where pups can run free. The Notch has been featured in NH Chronicle, Guides Gone Wild, The In Solidarity Project, Outside MagazineThe Trek, The Caledonian Record, NH PBS, and more. So what are you waiting for? Come stay at the Notch!

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  • 12 Scenic Hikes Within 30 Minutes of the Notch Hostel

    12 Scenic Hikes Within 30 Minutes of the Notch Hostel

    Deciding what to hike when visiting the White Mountains can be a difficult decision. There are so many excellent choices. Here are some of our favorite hikes near the Notch Hostel, ranging from easy walking trails to strenuous multi-day hikes. Easy Hikes Lincoln Woods: Length: Flat 2.9-mile long walking trail (whole length = 5.8 miles […]Read More