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profile lake trail

April 20, 2020

The Profiler Plaza will be closed from Monday through Friday for the next 4-5 weeks due to construction of the adaptive fishing platform and access trail. This will have no impact on the rest of the Franconia Notch State Parks recreation trails.

August 14, 2018

The Division of Parks and Recreation will be holding an informational session to present the new plans for the Profile Lake accessible fishing platform and walkway on August 28, 2018, 6:00pm at the Franconia Notch State Park headquarters building.

The original plan presented at the April 7, 2017 meeting has been revised based upon public comment and the scope of the project lessened. Included in this plan are two bridge crossings at the north and south ends of the lake, and an accessible path from the Old Man Viewing Area to an accessible fishing platform on Profile Lake. Plans and permits are posted below.

Profile Lake Plans 
Shore Impact Permit

April 6, 2017

A public information session was held at Franconia Notch State Park Headquarters on Thursday April 6, 2017, 6:00 pm to present the construction of an universally accessible trail between the Old Man Viewing Plaza and the Profile Lake boat launch. 

Public Information Session Presentation 
Public Information Session Handout 

The trail will be constructed along the shore adjacent to Franconia Notch Parkway and where there is not enough space between the parkway and the lake a boardwalk will be constructed by placing granite blocks in the water that will support the decking. The length of the boardwalk is 670 linear feet and the total trail length is 1,578 linear feet. This project is funded by the Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund and is proposed in partnership with the Division of Parks and Recreation. 

Project information and permits submitted are listed below. The Division is interested in constructing this project for the following purposes:
  1. Provide a universally accessible recreational experience in Franconia Notch.
  2. Connect the Old Man Viewing Plaza to the boat launch area and in future to the Pemi Trail creating a loop.
  3. Provide a unique view of Cannon Cliff and Eagle Cliff that is not available from the Franconia Notch bike path.    

Public comment will be accepted until Friday April 21, 2017 and can be sent to Johanna Lyons at or DRED-Division of Parks and Recreation, 172 Pembroke Road, Concord NH 03301.

The video below is an aerial view of Profile Lake and the shore along which this accessible trail may be constructed:

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