Franconia Notch State Park, Franconia

(4.9/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web)
Franconia Notch State Park is located in the White Mountains in northern New Hampshire, United States, and straddles 8mi of Interstate 93 as it passes through Franconia Notch, a mountain pass between the Kinsman Range and Franconia Range. Attractions in the state park include the Flume Gorge and visitor center, the Old Man of the Mountain historical site, fishing in Echo Lake and Profile Lake, and miles of hiking, biking and ski trails. The northern part of the park, including Cannon Mountain and Echo and Profile lakes, is in the town of Franconia, and the southern part, including Lonesome Lake and the Flume, is in Lincoln.The park is home to Cannon Mountain, a state-owned ski resort started in the 1930s. The mountain is named for a rock formation in the shape of a cannon found on the summit, but the "Old Man of the Mountain" formation was by far the more famous; it collapsed in May 2003. Cannon is also famous for being one of the most challenging hills in New England. It boasts an aerial tram, which runs year-round, ferrying sightseers to the summit in the summer time and skiers in the winter. At the base of the tramway is the New England Ski Museum, with exhibits on the history of alpine skiing in New England and America.
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  • Franconia Notch is one of NH gems. The views are breathtaking and the trails unforgettable. We visit every time we come to NH.  more »
  • Franconia Notch State Park is a great destination for an afternoon, a day, or a few days. We spent parts of two days in the park; considering all there is to see and do, we could easily have spent mor...  more »
  • I felt pretty bad taking my mother here who tried and tried to turn around. Going at her pace, we finally made it out, but it became more about getting her out than it did about enjoying the trail. We...  more »
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  • I came to Franconia notch state park on mid-October. The hiking trails were amazing and I uploaded couple of pictures. I highly recommend the mountain lafayette trail. This is by far one of the best trails ever. The change on leaves color was our motivation to come here, as they have very broad landscape and a lot of places to take good pictures. You should definitely come and visit it.
  • This hike was great! Going up the falling waters trail was exceptionally beautiful, albeit steep. The top was a series of 3 ridges. On a clear day you can see the peak of Mt. Washington.
  • Beautiful well marked trails and although the trailhead parking filled up early we were still able to find a spot to park on the driveway.
  • Don't bother with the Flume. Though it was cool it's definitely not worth the $16 price tag. Main negative was the sheer amount of people on the trail, which made it feel as though I were in a theme-park. This overload of people severely reduced the feeling of "being in nature". I'd recommend walking another trail if you do go to this park. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to, but if I do return to the park and hike another trail I will update this with more info!
  • Wonderful part of the United States. We came to hike up to Greenleaf Hut for the night. Some of the best hiking in a pristine protected national forest with significant portions managed in partnership with the Appalachian Mountain Club. Treat this region as you would all the planet...with respect and care. Leave no trace.