Franconia Notch State Park
Exits 34A-C off I-93
Franconia, NH 03580
This park is home to state treasures such as the Flume Gorge, the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, and the Old Man of the Mountain Profile Plaza and Historic Site. Voted Best State Park.
Franconia Notch State Park is located in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest. Franconia Notch is a spectacular mountain pass bisected by a unique parkway which extends from the Flume Gorge at the south to Echo Lake at the north. For eight miles, I-93 winds between the high peaks of the Kinsman and Franconia mountain ranges. Park attractions include the Old Man of the Mountain (collapsed on May 3, 2003), the Flume Gorge, fishing in Profile Lake and Echo Lake, Cannon Mountain, some of the most challenging peaks in New England, and its aerial tramway which runs year round. Whether you’re a skiier, hiker, camper, rockclimber, or a sightseer, Franconia Notch State Park has everything you are looking for in the great outdoors.
The Old Man of the Mountain may be gone, but he’s hardly forgotten. The Old Man Museum on the hill above Profile Lake is filled with photographs, postcards, and Old Man memorabilia. Peer through the “viewfinders” and you’ll see an image of the great stone face superimposed on the now-barren rock. You’ll find similar tributes to New Hampshire’s signature profile at the Flume Gorge Visitor Center, where you can set out for a rewarding two-mile hike that includes the flume waterfall and the rock stairs beside it, a slew of smaller falls, caves, and a covered bridge. The cascades are most dramatic in late spring and early summer, but fall walkers get a golden glow from the beeches and birches.
Yankee Magazine April 2007
The Franconia Notch State Park is the perfect home base for White Mountain hikes as well as swimming, fishing, biking, and rock climbing. Call for hours and prices.
Yankee Magazine April 2005