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Franconia Notch, Franconia

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4.9/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web
Franconia Notch is a major mountain pass through the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Dominated by Cannon Mountain to the west and Mount Lafayette to the east, it lies principally within Franconia Notch State Park and is traversed by the Franconia Notch Parkway . The parkway required a special act of Congress to sidestep design standards for the Interstate highway system because it is only one lane in each direction.The notch was home to the Old Man of the Mountain, a rock formation whose profile is a symbol of the state of New Hampshire, until 2003, when the formation collapsed.The notch is located primarily in the town of Franconia but extends south into Lincoln. It is bordered to the east by Franconia Ridge, comprising Mount Lafayette, Mount Lincoln, and Little Haystack Mountain, and to the west by 4080ft Cannon Mountain and the sheer face of Cannon Cliff. The notch's height of land is located near its northern end, at the base of Cannon Mountain. Echo Lake lies just north of the high point of the notch, with an outlet that flows into Lafayette Brook, then the Gale River, the Ammonoosuc River, and finally the Connecticut River, which enters Long Island Sound at Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Just south of the height of land, Profile Lake lies beneath the cliff that once held the Old Man of the Mountain. Profile Lake is the source of the Pemigewasset River, the primary tributary of the Merrimack River, which flows to the Gulf of Maine at Newburyport, Massachusetts.
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  • Though its far from Buffalo I am so glad we went , Everything we did and saw was wonderful We did Cannon Mountain,Flume George,and some hiking. We also did part of a bike path (8miles one way) but it ...  read more »
  • Stunning views and activities for everyone. The fall views are spectacular. Take advantage of this natural beauty. 
  • Took a friend who had never been in the mountains before for a ride thru the "notch". He was very impressed with all the granite that abound us. Franconia Notch is a phenominal place as it offers wick...  read more »
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