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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  • The ski area and the tramway and the beautiful Franconia Range grab your attention, but don't let the flashy stuff distract you from the park's other features. I've enjoyed the bike path, which is a r...  more »
  • There's so much to do in Franconia. Options for the whole family. Gorgeous rivers, mountains and lakes. Lot's of options so plan ahead what you'd like to see.  more »
  • Great State Park to go visit. It's like a little piece of paradise hidden in New Hampshire! There is so much to do and see! Stop in at the visitor center which is also where you can purchase tickets t...  more »
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  • Lonesome lake is our favorite place in the Franconia Notch State Park. This is the third time we hiked to Lonesome lake. We usually take the direct and easiest path to the lake through Lonesome Lake trail but this time we took the Hi-Cannon trail and Dodge cut-off to reach the lake. The Hi-Cannon part was pretty steep but the Dodge cut-off was a walk in the park. We could hardly see any hikers in the Hi-Cannon even though it was the Memorial day weekend. Came down to the Lafayette campground parking lot through the Lonesome Lake trail which had a pretty heavy uphill traffic. We went early in the morning and parking was not an issue. By the time we came back to the lot at noon, we could see cars parked all over the shoulder space of I-93.
  • A great park with very easy access, and great mobility opportunities. The natural features off the park are unique and like nothing I've ever seen.
  • It's a great way to spend an hour, but the admission is expensive for just an hour of entertainment. The gorge is cool and would be a much better bet if not for the cost.
  • Always a gorgeous area. Parking is reasonable, though on nice summer weekends, parking can really overflow if you're not early. Franconia Notch is a great area, even if you're just driving through. Note that the weather can always be highly variable in the notch, so be prepared for potentially significant differences in weather from neighboring areas. There's lots of trailheads for good hikes within just a few miles of each other, affording the opportunity for a great many hikes between Cannon and the Kinsmans on the west side of the highway, and the amazing Franconia Ridge on the east side of the highway.
  • Stunning. Want lakes? Mountains? Gorges? Waterfalls? The Notch has is all. Check it out in all seasons! Warning: it is BUSY in fall.