Franconia Notch State Park, Franconia

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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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  • When we arrived at the Franconia Notch State Park, all we could see were mountains and trees that were changing its colors for the Fall. There were so many attractions in this area. Hiking is a must. ...  more »
  • We just drove around the area as because of the snow, we could not get into it with our car or doing any hiking with the kids. We stop at one of the stops of the park to take some amazing pictures and...  more »
  • The notch is a glaciated U-shaped valley. Very accessible - the IS highway goes through, but tere are lots of places to stop, wander, snack, have a hike, visit ski centre / museum. Well worth a visit ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Amazing! Really beautiful scenery. Can get quite busy during peak times (people parking all over the highway). A little is lost from some of the hikes because the highway runs through the park, but on most you get away from the noise and sight quickly. The white mountains are as close as you are going to get to the Rockies on the east coast.

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