Franconia Notch State Park

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260 Tramway Drive
Franconia/Lincoln, NH 03580
Phone: 603-823-8800

Activities and Amenities

Camping

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 Brochure (color)  



Hikers Please Note: 
Parking can be challenging. We want you to be safe in our state. For this reason, please keep in mind that parking along the interstate highway is not permitted. We’re working with private and public stakeholders on an alternative to parking along the interstate. 

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. Check out the Franconia Notch Program schedule for more information. All programs are free with paid park admission. No pre-registration is required.

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. 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: 

  • May 25 - June 15:   June 15: Open Daily
    *No lifeguard on duty*
    General Store open 9am-5pm
    Boat Rentals open 9am-5pm, Last boat rentals go out at 4pm
  • June 16 through September 3: Open Daily, full services
    Lifeguard on duty 9am-6pm
    General Store open daily 9am-6pm
    Boat Rentals daily 9am-6pm, Last boat rentals go out at 5pm
  • September 4 - October 8: Open Daily
    *No lifeguard on duty*
    General Store open 9am-5pm
    Boat Rentals open 9am-5pm, Last boat rentals go out at 4pm
Fee Weekends (Fri-Sun) Full Time Operating Hours Closing
Adults: $4  |  Children (6-11): $2 5/26-6/16
9/5-10/9
6/16-9/4 5/26-6/16: 9am-5pm
6/17-9/4: 9am-6pm
9/5-10/9: 9am-5pm
10/9

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.

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 pagefor 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 19 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 26. 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.