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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  • Canon Mountain is a great place for "real skiers". It's a steep, fast, cold place with minimal amenities and local accommodations. All this contributes to a less than ideal family friendly destination, which is exactly why I love it! No crowds, no lift lines, and tends to attract more skilled skiers in general. What more could I want? The weekly pricing incentives are the final icing on the cake that makes this my hands down favorite NH ski destination.
  • I have to say that this place is amazing!! The natural beauty that surrounds this place is awe inspiring. There are bike trails, hiking trails, camping areas and swimming spots. There is a ski area right there for Winter activities. The o my thing that's missi g is the Old Man of the Mountain face which is such an iconic thing for New Hampshire as every where you go you see it on signs. I compare this area to the Grand Canyon. Totally different don't get me wrong, but as far as National Parks this one is right up there. I hope this inspires you to want to visit.
  • One of the best places for hiking during summer. Plenty of harmonious wildlife along the trails. Numerous trails for different levels of hikers. Plenty of easy-go trails near lakes are beautiful as well. Numerous parking spaces available but may have to park on roadside on peak days.
  • What great memories we made as we visited several spots and took a couple of hikes. There was some construction happening in a building that was probably used for tourists, but it didn't hinder our hike until we got to the gorge and realize we couldn't hike the normal way up. They were rebuilding the wooden stairs that climb up through the Gorge. We did find another way to the top and still got some good views. Hopefully they will finish their project the summer of 2018.
  • 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!
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