Franconia Notch State Park

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Franconia Notch State Park

New Hampshire

(603) 745-8391

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Overview

Franconia Notch State Park is located in the heart of the popular White Mountain National Forest. Franconia Notch was the home of the famous Old Man of the Mountain, the same "Great Stone Face" immortalized by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Daniel Webster. Visitors can walk through the renowned Flume Gorge, ride the aerial tramway at Cannon Mountain, visit the New England Ski Museum. Visitors can see where the Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund has started construction on a new monument by Profile Lake to honor the famous natural formation. Other popular activities include swimming at Echo Lake, fly fishing for trout at Profile Lake, bike riding on Recreational Trail, rock climbing, bird watching, and hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

Franconia Notch mountain pass is traversed by a unique parkway which extends from the Flume Gorge at the south to Echo Lake at the north. For eight miles, I-93 winds between the high peaks of the Kinsman and Franconia mountain ranges.

Map of Franconia Notch (NH)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.139852, -71.691740

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Activities

  • Boating

    Canoeing and boating in the lakes are popular activities in the park. A boat ramp is available to vistors.

  • Bicycling

    Bike through Old Forest in Franconia Notch on smooth, paved bike paths. Starting from Lafayette Campground, the bike path travels over mild hills along Franconia Ridge, crosses bridges over brooks, and winds through areas of unlogged old forest, a rare sight in North America.

  • Camping

    Lafayette Campground, in the heart of Franconia Notch State Park, offers 97 tent camping sites. It is a great base camp for exploring the park with many amenities including showers, flush toilets, drinking water, and a camp supplies store.

    Along the Appalachian Trail within the park, Lonesome Lake Hut is an hour's hike from the road and the perfect place for families, novice hikers and snowshoers, or anyone seeking mountain views from the water's edge. The hut is operated by the Appalachian Mountain Club and is available year-round with varying services available, depending on the season.

    For RV camping, Cannon Mountain RV Park offers seven campsites open year-round. The RV park has 3-way hook-ups as well as a dumping station.

  • Fishing

    Fish for trout in Profile Lake, in the heart of the park along Recreational Trail.

  • Hiking

    There are many hiking trails for all skill levels throughout the park. Some hiking paths wind gently through forests and along lakes, while others travel high elevations for spectacular views.

  • Historic Sites

    Explore a portion of the historic Appalachian Trail running right through the park. Visitors can also see the Old Man of the Mountain Historic Site near Profile Lake, a place that has inspired many people including Nathaniel Hawthorne and Daniel Webster. There is also a Visitor Center at Flume Gorge, which houses the Flume ticket office, information center, cafeteria, gift shop, and the state park system's historic Concord Coach. The New England Ski Museum is also within the park.

  • Picnicking

    There are convenient sites for picnics located throughout the park.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming and canoeing are popular activities on the lakes. There is a boat ramp available.

  • Winter Sports

    During the winter season, Franconia Notch State Park offers skiing at the Cannon Mountain Ski Area.

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Directions

Driving

Franconia Notch State Park is located on I-93. There are pull-offs between Exit 34A & 34B.

Exit 34A: Flume Gorge & Gilman Visitor's Center

The Basin Pull-Off, located on both the northbound and southbound. Hiker Parking, on the northbound side. Lafayette Campground and Hiker Parking, on the southbound side only. Boise Rock, on the northbound side only. Old Man Viewing, on northbound side only, access off exit 34B as well.

Exit 34B: Cannon Mountain Tramway, New England Ski Museum, Old Man Viewing and Museum, Bike Rentals & Repair Shop

Exit 34C: Echo Lake Beach, Cannon RV Park, Peabody Base Lodge

Phone Numbers

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(603) 745-8391

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