Franconia Notch State Park

Daniel Webster Hwy
Lincoln, NH - 03251

Type: Parks
(603) 823-8800

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Franconia Notch State Park, located in the heart of the White Mountains of New Hampshire, is a scenic and historic destination offering a wealth of outdoor activities and natural beauty. Spanning the narrow valley between the high peaks of the Kinsman and Franconia mountain ranges, this park is renowned for its stunning landscapes, including dramatic cliffs, pristine lakes, and cascading waterfalls. Visitors can explore its diverse attractions year-round, making it a popular spot for both adventure seekers and those looking to relax in nature.

One of the park's most iconic attractions is the Flume Gorge, a natural chasm extending 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty. Visitors can take a self-guided tour along wooden walkways that wind through the gorge, offering close-up views of its granite walls, moss-covered boulders, and the rushing waters of Flume Brook. The trail also passes by several scenic spots, including Avalanche Falls and Liberty Gorge, providing ample opportunities for photography and nature observation.

Another highlight of Franconia Notch State Park is the Franconia Notch bike path, a multi-use trail that stretches for 8.8 miles from the Flume Gorge to the Skookumchuck Trailhead. This paved path offers a gentle ride through the park's stunning scenery, with access points to various attractions along the way. The trail is also suitable for walking, jogging, and in the winter, cross-country skiing. For a more strenuous adventure, hikers can tackle the Franconia Ridge Loop, one of the most famous hikes in the region, which includes the summits of Little Haystack Mountain, Mount Lincoln, and Mount Lafayette.

The park also features the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway, a cable car that transports visitors to the 4,080-foot summit of Cannon Mountain in just under ten minutes. At the top, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the White Mountains, the valleys below, and even into Vermont and Canada on a clear day. The summit area includes a cafe, observation deck, and a series of short hiking trails. In winter, Cannon Mountain transforms into a premier skiing destination with numerous trails catering to all skill levels.

Franconia Notch State Park is open year-round, with each season offering its own unique set of activities and natural beauty. In addition to its summer and winter attractions, fall brings vibrant foliage that draws visitors from all over to experience the stunning colors of the New England autumn. With its blend of outdoor recreation, scenic beauty, and historical significance, Franconia Notch State Park is a must-visit destination for anyone exploring the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

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