Franconia Notch State Park
260 Tramway Drive
Franconia/Lincoln, NH 03580
Activities and Amenities
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 Brochure
NOTICE: The hiker shuttle is no longer running. Park only in designated areas.
See hiker information HERE.
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, kayak and pedal boat rentals. Last rental boats go out an hour before closure. The waters of Echo Lake flow westerly toward the Connecticut River.
Book your trip to Echo Lake Beach: Visitors can make a reservation before arriving at the park as parking is limited (especially on nice weekends and holidays). Walk-in spaces are available for visitors on a first come/first-serve basis. Reservations can be made up to 30 days prior to arrival.
The restrooms will be open on days that the beach is unstaffed.
Parks Plate & Season Pass: There are desiganted spaces set aside for plate/pass holders on a first-come/first-serve basis. Reservations are still encouraged in the event a park reaches capacity (requiring a $1 transaction fee).
NH Senior Citizens: To receive a discount at our per person fee locations, enter the number of NH Senior Citizens in the vehicle/occupant information section of the order details page, rather than the number of adults.
Children (6-11): $2
|Open Friday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm
General Store: 10am - 5pm
Boat Rentals: 10am - 5pm, (last out at 4pm)
Season Ends: October 10, 2021
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.
Bike Rentals are being offered by Sport Thoma in Lincoln, NH and you'll find a full range of Scott all-terrain bikes for adults and children. Shuttle service to Franconia Notch is available.
Visit the Franconia Notch Recreation Path page for more details on the bike path.
Access to the Franconia Notch Bike Path from the base of the Aerial Tramway, Exit 34B, I-93.
Lafayette Place Campground
In the heart of Franconia Notch State Park, Lafayette Place Campground is the camping and hiking hub for the park. It provides a great base from which to enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, and many attractions in the White Mountains. Information about hiking trails, safety, and the natural and cultural history of the park is available at the cabin near the campground entrance. A lodge houses a registration desk and offers a selection of camping supplies. Each campsite is wooded and has a picnic table, car parking, and an open fireplace. There are coin-operated showers and a camp store. Lafayette Campground provides 97 wooded tent sites.
Winter Camping - centrally located in Franconia Notch State Park, Lafayette Campground provides a great base if you're looking for a primitive winter camping spot close to winter hiking, skiing & snowboarding.
Lafayette Campground has tent sites available for primitive camping only with no facilities. Winter camping at Lafayette Place Campground is Carry-In, Carry Out. A pay station is provided for self-registration.
||Camping Rate Per Night
|May 21 - Oct 10
Primitive camping only after Oct. 10
|Daily: 8pm - 9pm
Lafayette Place Reservations
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 Memorial Day Weekend 2021. However, there is no water or sewer, including dump station, available from mid-October through late May. 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.
RV Park Reservations
- The dump station in the Echo Lake Parking lot will be closed (2021) for the summer to the public.
- RV sites 1-7 are available by online reservation only through Columbus day weekend, 2021.
- RV's MUST be self-contained with a restroom on board - pop ups are not permitted.
- Mid-October to Late-May are at off-season rates and the RV Park is carry-in, carry-out only with no water or sewer hookups. Electric hookup is available.
View RV Park Map
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.
Access for Persons with Disabilities
Please contact the park office directly for information regarding disability access needs.
|Notice: Drone Use is Restricted
|Drone use is restricted at all NH State Parks. Drone operators are not permitted to take off or land within NH State Park boundaries.