Franconia Notch State Park
Franconia Notch State Park is located in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest. Franconia Notch is a spectacular mountain pass 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.
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. While you are here, stop at the Flume Gorge Visitor Center and walk through the renowned Flume Gorge, ride the exciting aerial tramway at Cannon Mountain, and visit the New England Ski Museum. Take your time, stop for a swim at Echo Lake, net a trout while fly fishing at Profile Lake, ride your bike on the Recreational Trail, watch for rock climbers, hawks, and falcons on Cannon Cliffs, or hike on the Appalachian Trail. Bring the family, stay awhile, and enjoy Franconia Notch State Park.
I did not want to stop here at all, but my husband insisted we needed to stretch our legs, and I’m so glad he did!!! What a gorgeous park and hiking trail!!! We had a wonderful time walking the trail, observing the beautiful waterfalls, colorful scenery, talking with the other visitors. Such a lovely place, great for taking pictures too!
A must see section of Rte 93! From the Basin to the Flume Gorge to the tramway at Cannon Mountain, it will leave you with a respect for nature, the power of water and the brave people who dared to settle this untamed wilderness so long ago. There are many great spots for picnics, restrooms at nearly every spot and a beautiful bike path winding through!
Spent a day hiking here. Wasn't crowded at all, and everyone that we came across were super pleasant. The weather was beautiful and the trail was not overly difficult. Just make sure youre wearing good shoes. Wore some slip on sneakers and stumbled a couple of times.
Fantastic hiking trails. Dog friendly but there are some steep and slick inclines smaller dogs could struggle with. Summit / ridge at Mount Lafayette can get very cold and windy in the autumn and spring. Decent parking in the lots on either side of the interstate. A little crowded on the weekends.
Very nice, would recommend the cannon mountain tram....you can get out at the top and walk around for as long as you like and take a tram back down whenever. There's a short walk around the top of the mountain and a building with drinks and snacks. There's also a combo deal that gives you access to the flume gorge and the tram.