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
Franconia Notch Hiker Parking/Shuttle Info - Shuttle is canceled for the 2020 season due to COVID-19
Discover the Power of Parks Programming
This program will not be offered during the summer of 2020.
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.
Echo Lake Beach Operating Hours: 10am - 6pm
|Adults: $4 | Children (6-11): $2
||10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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.
*Due to COVID-19, Cannon Mountain is not currently offering bike rentals (May 2020) 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.
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
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. Self-service/self-pay camping with limited staffing and facilities is available during the off-season.
||Closed for the Season
||Camping Rate Per Night
||Columbus Day 2020
||Daily: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Reserve a campsite
Lafayette Place Campground Map | Lafayette Place Campground Information/Policies
Cannon Mountain RV Park
COVID-19 RV Park operations:
- The dump station in the Echo Lake Parking lot will be closed for the summer to the public.
- RV sites 1-7 are available by online reservation only through Columbus day weekend, 2020.
-RV's MUST be self-contained with a restroom on board - pop ups are not permitted.
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 24. 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
Flume Gorge Scavenger Hunt
Here is a 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.
Access for Persons with Disabilities
Please contact the park office directly for information regarding disability access needs.