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Franconia Notch State Park

9 Franconia Notch Parkway
Franconia/Lincoln, NH 03580
Phone: 603-745-8391

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About Franconia Notch State Park

Franconia Notch State Park is located in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest. Franconia Notch is a spectacular mountain pass traversed 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.

Franconia Notch was the home of the famous Old Man of the Mountain, the same "Great Stone Face" immortalized by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Daniel Webster. While you are here, stop at the Flume Gorge Visitor Center and walk through the renowned Flume Gorge, ride the exciting aerial tramway at Cannon Mountain, and visit the New England Ski Museum. Take your time, stop for a swim at Echo Lake, net a trout while fly fishing at Profile Lake, ride your bike on the Recreational Trail, watch for rock climbers, hawks, and falcons on Cannon Cliffs, or hike on the Appalachian Trail. Bring the family, stay awhile, and enjoy Franconia Notch State Park. 
Franconia Notch Map and Attractions (black & white) 
Franconia Notch Map and Attractions Brochure (color) 
Franconia Notch State Park Logo

Discover the Power of Parks Programming

Interpretive, nature-based programs will be offered at Franconia Notch State Park all summer long as part of the Discover Power of Parks. Programs like 'Bear Country', 'Sensory Hike', 'Flume Find', 'Forming Franconia', 'Breaking it Down', 'Delight of Night' and 'Campfire Stories' will be presented by Interpretive Rangers, Becki Linhart and Monica Casey in the park each week. Check out the Franconia Notch program schedule for more information. All programs are free with paid park admission. No pre-registration is required.

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Echo Lake Beach

Beautiful Echo Lake, at an elevation of 1,931 feet, offers views of Mt. Lafayette and Cannon Mountain.Visitors can also enjoy swimming, fishing, boating and canoe and paddle boat rentals. The waters of Echo Lake flow westerly toward the Connecticut River. Operating Hours: Echo Lake Beach is open daily from 10 am to 5:00 pm beginning June 13, 2014, until it closes for the season in September 1, 2014.

Boat rentals will be available at Echo Lake Beach on weekends only beginning May 23rd.

Fee Full Time Operating Hours Closing
Adults: $4  |  Children (6-11): $2 6/13 Daily: 10am-5pm
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Franconia Notch Bike Path

Constructed as part of the Franconia Notch Parkway this path, completely separate from the Parkway, traverses the length of Franconia Notch and provides access to all park facilities and natural features.

Cannon Mountain Now Offers bike rentals and shuttle service. Bike Rentals are being offered by Sport Thoma and you'll find a full range of Scott all-terrain bikes for adults and children.

Rental Rates: *rates subject to change.
Full Day Rental - $30
Half-Day Rental - $20
Helmet Rental is included in price.
Shuttle Pickup: $10/person per pickup.

Access to the Franconia Notch Bike Path from the base of the Aerial Tramway, Exit 34B, I-93. Shuttle rides will be available from the Flume Gorge back to the Tram. Visit the Franconia Notch Recreation Path page for more details on the bike path.

Lafayette Place Campground

Lafayette Campground is located in the middle of Franconia Notch State Park, along the Franconia Recreational Trail. The campground is open for walk-ins beginning May 17, 2014 and reservable stays from Memorial Day through Columbus Day weekend. Each campsite is wooded and has a picnic table, car parking space and an open fireplace. Brochures, weather reports and basic provisions such as wood, charcoal, ice, milk, and snacks are available at the lodge between 8 am and 9 pm. Coin-operated showers are open 24 hours. Winter camping is welcome; a vault toilet but no running water is available. 
Reserve a campsite

Lafayette Place Campground Map    |  Lafayette Place Campground Information/Policies 

    

Cannon Mountain RV Park

The seven-site RV park, located on the north shore of scenic Echo Lake in Franconia Notch State Park, is open year-round. Three-way hook-ups are provided during the regular camping season beginning on May 26th, 2014. However, there is no water or sewer, including dump station, available from mid-October through May 1. RVs must be self-contained. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Bathrooms are available seasonally at the beach but are locked at night. In addition, many campers enjoy the convenience of winter RV camping at the base of popular Cannon Mountain Ski Area.
Cannon Mountain RV Park Map    |  Reserve a campsite

     

Additional Resources and Information

Franconia Notch Map and Attractions (black & white)  
Franconia Notch Map and Attractions Brochure (color) 
Franconia Notch Hiking Map 
Old Forest in Franconia Notch State Park 
Lafayette Campground Map 
AMC Lonesome Lake Hut

The Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund has constructed a new monument erected by Profile Lake. To learn more and to donate to the project, click here.

Flume Gorge Scavenger Hunt

Our Discover Power of Parks interpreters created this fun scavenger hunt for kids and families to use while walking through the Flume Gorge. Print it out and bring it with you to add some adventure to your next visit.
Flume Gorge Scavenger Hunt 

Are pets allowed at Franconia Notch State Park?

Pets are permitted in the designated dog walks near the Tramway and Flume parking lots only, not in the campground. See the NH State Parks Pets Policy for more information.

Accessibility

Access for Persons with Disabilities

Please contact the park office directly for information regarding disability access needs.

The New Hampshire State Park Experience Blog

3/26/13      "Franconia Notch: The Flume Gorge"
10/9/12      "Hiking some Carter Mountains"
9/25/12      "Telescopes at Franconia Notch!"
8/28/12      "Oh the Places you'll go in Franconia Notch state park"
7/30/12      "Fireflies Illuminate Franconia Notch at Night"
7/16/12      "Lonesome Lake: A Family Friendly hike in Franconia Notch State Park"
7/3/12        "Expedition to Franconia Notch State Park"
6/21/21      "The Lovely Lupines of Sugar Hill"
4/5/12        "Looking for Moose in the Great North Woods Region/Visiting the Basin at Franconia Notch State Park"



Cannon Mountain 360 Panorama