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Welcome to Franconia Notch State Park, located in the heart of the popular 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.

Hard in the winter but it is definitely worth it

excellent trail. mostly incline or decline plus rocks of all sizes. amazing views. definitely moderate.


Great hike!! It took us about 6 hours and 40 minutes round trip using the Falling Waters trail.

I was really cold and windy on the summit but it was totally worth it.

Definitely going back in a few weeks.

5 days ago

The Pemi Trail runs the length of Franconia Notch along the Pemigawassett River. It is a pleasant lightly used alternative to the bike path, and offers a close up view of the river and some spectacular views of the Cannon Cliffs north of Lafayette Place. A number of loop hikes can be made using the Pemi Trail and the bike path, One downside is the proximity to I-93 and the traffic noise. The Pemi Trail can be accessed from virtually any parking area from the Flume to Cannon parking areas.

The trail is great but the top is crowded

Beautiful hike. I was alone and as such always looking for a hike that has enough people so I feel safe but not so many people that the nature feels overrun. This hike was perfect. It was challenging but not too hard and the leaves & views were amazing! Took me about 75 mins to hike up and an hour to come back down. Hard to find parking in the Flume lot on a gorgeous Sunday but it eventually worked out.

The weather at the top was...challenging...fogged in with 60+ mph winds driving eastward across the ridge, so we unfortunately didn't get the benefit of the views that one could get on a clear day, but this hike was spectacular in all other ways. Challenging, boulder-strewn, awe-inspiring alpine terrain, picturesque waterfalls, and some good technical sections to navigate. We did the loop, and it was a bit more crowded that I perhaps would have cared for, but with the accessibility of the trailhead and overall amazing-ness of the hike, I guess that's to be expected.

7 days ago

Unbelievable view of the foliage this weekend!

Loved this hike - the view on the top is so rewarding! Definitely requires good fitness levels - make sure you take enough water for the trip.

8 days ago

Very short hike but gorgeous view, it was crowded, maybe too much for me. I enjoy this trail but prefer longer ones, I've never did this one so I have to try it. Really great view on Cannon Montain, Echo Lake and Mt. Lafayette; with the autumn foliage that was really beautiful.

This trail is fantastic!! My favorite hike so far, the view from up top is amazing!! The 1st third of the trail is easy with nice water falls, the middle of the trail is moderate and the last part of the trail is very fun / difficult!! My friend while climbing called it the never ending staircase. It was a perfect day that we climbed 10/11/16 and I met some really cool people along the way who I ended up having dinner and drinks with after the hike!!

Great views on the way up to the top . I would advise anyone doing this trail to wear hiking shoes or something with good grip , especially in the fall with the leaves/moss posing a sliding hazard . Two great waterfalls to see , I adventured upwards passed them a little ways to see more of the view . Pay attention to the red markers on trees to know you are on the right path . I had to refer to some of the others mapped out walk to know I was on the right way . Didn't take very long , again beautiful views to see .

This mountain is no joke! Pretty brutal for the non athletically inclined, but worth it for a view unlike any other I've seen! Greenleaf hut is a great resting place to have lunch. This took me 7 hours, including an hour at the hut and a half hour on the summit. Most people were whizzing past me and probably did it in half that time. Great challenge and confidence booster :)

Really tough toward the top but totally worth it. Beautiful water falls

Beautiful views. Mostly wooden walkway and gravel. Heavy traffic

11 days ago

So many waterfalls! An easy, beautiful hike.

This was a strenuous trail.  Essentially it was 1200 feet elevation increase in 1.5 miles which is steep incline.  It's lots of large stepping on rocks and tree roots.  A hiking stick is definitely recommended.  Overall it was nice though that it is pretty much straight up once you get to the real part of the trail.  I say that's nice because some trails have 200 feet elevation change in the end but it was accomplished through 700 feet of up and down throughout, at least here you know what you are getting into.  On a clear day the views are absolutely astounding.  It feels like a great accomplishment with a great payoff.  The trail is well marked the whole way through.  A tip for starting the trail is take exit 34A of the highway I-93 and park in the Flume Gorge parking lot but park near the bus parking (off to the north or left) since that is where the trail begins.   It took us like 3 hours to do the trip and coming back was much quicker than going up. 

12 days ago

Nice mild trail. It had some steep parts but overall it wasn't bad. It has been dry is the falls weren't super. Pitcher falls is a must see! Small fall but nice.