Making it to or through the White Mountains is a huge accomplishment. Stop in at the Notch to recuperate, relax, and resupply. Hikers voted the Notch in the top seven hostels on the trail two years in a row on the Trek!
We serve AT hikers from both Kinsman Notch and Franconia Notch and are in an ideal location for slackpacking the 16 miles 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.
Picture: Scott “Aquaman” Benerofe stayed with us during his 2022 winter AT thru-hike.
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.
Included with Your Stay
Bed, fresh linens, towel.
Showers (shampoo, conditioner, and soap provided)
Bikes for riding into town (1-2 miles flat bike ride)
Group laundry service is included — this means we wash your laundry along with other AT hiker guests’ laundry (private wash and dry: $8, for guests on foot/two wheels only)
Coffee, tea, make-your-own pancakes
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. If you are not staying at the hostel, pick up packages from 4-9pm (when staff is guaranteed to be on the property to help you).
From June 15 to September 15, we offer free shuttles on a schedule to guests hiking the AT!Text us same day for a pick up; if we don’t get any texts we don’t go.