Its name sounds a bit like an amusement park ride, but Flume Gorge in Lincoln, New Hampshire, is not an attraction any engineer dreamed up. Powerful natural forces — molten earth, ice, flowing water and frost — have shaped this fascinating chasm: a highlight of New Hampshire’s Franconia Notch State Park.
Imagine stumbling upon this geologic wonder one day while you were out fishing. That’s what happened in 1808 to 93-year-old “Aunt” Jess Guernsey. Even her own family was dubious when she described what she’d found. But soon, she convinced others to have a look. And even without the benefit of social media, word traveled fast about this spectacular sight. The first tourists came by stagecoach to see Flume Gorge, and people haven’t stopped visiting since.