Appalachian Trail Information

Welcome, AT hikers! Making it to or through the White Mountains is a huge accomplishment. Stop in at the Notch to recuperate, relax, and resupply.

We serve AT hikers from both Kinsman Notch and Franconia Notch and are in an ideal location for slackpacking over Kinsman Ridge. We are located 1.0 miles west of North Woodstock on Rt. 112 (Lost River Road), the same road as the Beaver Brook/Kinsman Ridge trailhead.

Directions to the hostel:

From Franconia Notch/Liberty Springs/Flume Visitor’s Center/Rt. 3: We are about 7 miles from the trailhead. Head south on Rt. 3, go through downtown N. Woodstock. From the junction of Rt. 3 and 112 (set of lights in North Woodstock, by Truant’s Tavern and the Imperial Palace chinese restaurant) turn right onto Rt. 112 west. We are 0.9 mi. down 112 W on the right.

From Kinsman Notch/Beaver Brook trailhead: We are on the same road – Rt. 112 – about 5 miles east of Kinsman Notch. The hostel is a large white farmhouse with multi-colored prayer flags on the porch.

Mail drops

Send mail drops to: c/o The Notch Hostel, 324 Lost River Rd, North Woodstock, NH 03262. Non-guests can send and pick up their mail here at no charge.

 Shuttle Info

We do free trailhead drop-offs: 

7:30am* shuttle to Kinsman Notch. 

7:45am shuttle to Franconia Notch (Flume Visitor’s Center). 

*recommended departure time for slackpack

For pick ups and town runs: 

Aly’s Rides (Marleen): (603) 348 3914

  • $5pp to/from Kinsman Notch, Franconia Notch (Flume Visitors Center), and town. 

Shuttle Connection: (603) 745-3140

  • Kinsman Notch and Franconia Notch (Flume Visitors Center): $10 for one person, $5 for each additional person. 
  • Town—$6 for one person, $5 each additional person

The Hostel also rents town bikes for $5/day!


We are in an ideal location for slackpacking over Kinsman Ridge (Kinsman Notch to Franconia Notch and vice versa) and have a large selection of slackpacks at the hostel for guest use.

16-mile slackpack from Beaver Brook Trailhead at Kinsman Notch (Rt. 112) to Flume Visitor’s Center (just south of LIberty Springs Trailhead) at Franconia Notch. 

See above for shuttle information. 

 Included with your stay

  • Bed, fresh linens, towel.
  • Showers (shampoo, conditioner, and soap provided)
  • Group laundry service is included — this means we wash your laundry along with other AT hiker guests’ laundry.
  • Individual wash and dry: available at local laundromats in North Woodstock AND Lincoln
  • Coffee, tea, make-your-own pancakes

Supplies and food sold on-site

Pizza, ice cream, soda and Gatorade sold on-side. 

BIKES AVAILABLE, $5/DAY:  We provide bikes to rent for the day with locks and bike lights. 0.75 mi. to Smileys (food), 0.9 mi. to downtown N. Woodstock, 2 mi. to downtown Lincoln.

Town Food/Services/Resupply Info 

NORTH WOODSTOCK (Closest to hostel. Listed in order as you head north up Main street)

  • Smiley’s is a small market/produce/deli/grocery store, 3/4 mile east on our road (turn left out driveway). Sells bread, eggs, milk, fancy chocolate, meat, cheese, pasta, sauce, Pasta Sides, etc. Cheaper produce than Price Chopper. Open 9-7.
  • Imperial Palace Chinese/Japanese Cuisine (L = left side of road))
    • 603 745 3388
  • Peg’s Breakfast/Lunch, open (L)
  • ATM by the Chamber of Commerce (R)
  • Union Bank (R)
  • The Landmark II Greek restaurant (R)
  • Woodstock Station (L) *RECOMMENDED*
    • Famous brewery/restaurant, ask for the Thru Hiker Rye and the Death by Burger. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, bar, live music.
  • Post office (L)
    • Mon – Fri 9:30-12:30 and 1:30-4:30. Sat 9-12. Closed Sundays.
  • Wayne’s Market (L)
    • Gas station/convenience store/deli/market.
    • Subs made to order.
    • Huge beer selection.
    • Basic toiletries/resupply stuff.

LINCOLN (listed in order as you head east down Main street)

  • Rite-Aid (R)  
  • Art’s Outdoor Outfitters (R)  
    • in plaza before Price Chopper
    • Camping/outdoor supplies, kayak/canoe rental
    • Sells 4oz fuel canisters
  • Purple Tomato (R)
    • Local health food store. Great pre-made meals, too.
  • Price Chopper (R)
    • Largest grocery store in town. Sells beer and wine.
  • Family Dollar: next to Price Chopper.
  • Lincoln post office: Next to Family Dollar.
  • Linwood Medical Center (L)
    • 115 Main St, Lincoln, NH.
    • (603) 745-8136
    • No walk-ins, must call ahead
  • Gypsy Cafe (L) – our favorite restaurant. Food from around the world.
  • Moon Bakery (R) – amazing fresh breads and baked goods
  • Lahout’s Summit Shop: (L)
    • Large hiker gear shop/outfitter. In same shopping plaza as Aubuchon Hardware.  
    • 165 Main St., Lincoln, NH.
    • 603-745-2882