Franconia Notch State Park, Franconia

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4.9/5 based on 420+ 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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  • Spent a few hours here, great place to relax and get back to nature, with spectacular views. We did as a couple but saw lots of families enjoying the area. 
  • We went to the Basin and to Echo Lake in the State Park this trip, but have been to the Flume in past visits. Love it here! The Colors were incredible. We especially enjoyed hiking up Bald Mountain an...  read more »
  • The profile plaza provides opportunities to see how the mountain looked like before the collapse. Only regret coming too late, for the first time. 
  • 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.
  • So much to do up here. I come hiking these mountains or just along the rivers that cut through the park. Excellent for family - and be aware it clogs up pretty good during leaf-peeping season. But worth the views.
  • Beautiful park on side of I93. It's a shame the mans face fell off. :( Plenty of other things to see and do though with great opportunities for hiking, canoeing and kayaking.
  • Yosemite kicks Franconia Notch's ass, but it's also far away if you're in New Hampshire. So yeah, it's a great park and easy to navigate through.
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