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 Merland’s Tap & Table 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

SCHEDULED SHUTTLES ARE DONE BY “ALI’S RIDESSHUTTLE SERVICE (Drivers: Marleen and Gerry) JUNE 15 – SEPT 15: (603) 348 3914

  • $5pp to/from Kinsman Notch, Franconia Notch (Flume Visitors Center), and town. Minimum $10/ride.
  • Scheduled shuttles run from Notch Hostel to the trailheads listed above and to town at 6:30am, 7:30am, 10:30am. 4:30pm, and 7:30pm daily. Sign up on hostel porch night before for 6:30am or 7:30am shuttle, otherwise text Ali’s Rides with at least one hour advance notice to sign up for 10:30am, 4:30pm, or 7:30pm shuttle. Shuttles outside of this time are not guaranteed.

ALI’S RIDES also does long distance shuttles; call to inquire.


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 site. 

BIKES AVAILABLE, $5/DAY:  Bikes, locks, and helmets available. 0.9 mi. to downtown N. Woodstock, 2 mi. to downtown Lincoln.

Town Food/Services/Resupply Info 

Post offices are located in both North Woodstock and Lincoln.

Lahout’s Summits Shop in Lincoln is our local outfitter.

Pricechopper is the large grocery store in town; Wayne’s Market is a smaller resupply option closer to the hostel.

The only place that delivers direct in town is Imperial Palace (Chinese/Japanese). Aly’s Rides will deliver from other places in town for a fee.

Enzo’s is the best pizza place in town.

Closest food to us: Streatz (breakfast only in summer) and the ice cream shop, both at Maple Haven Campground.