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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.

Nice afternoon hike on a mild, sunny, summer afternoon. I spent 3h 15m from trailhead to trailhead hiking at a leisurely pace, with stops including a sandwich break. Parking sometimes extends out into the street (up on the grass) - no problem. Trailhead in the campground. Moderately steep uphill in the woods with some glimpses of the Lafayette-Lincoln-Haystack ridgeline across the highway to the east. Regular route under construction - steeper alternative Hi Canon trail in play works just fine. Lots of families and pets seen on the trail. Some trail runners. Hike up to and over the ridge line and down a bit to the lake. Beautiful lake with beautiful views from all points during lake circumnavigation. Some people enjoying a swim. There is a hut on the far side of the lake. All kinds of varied footgear seen - from barefoot to flip-flops (me - quality OluKai slippers from Hawaii) to sneakers to full on hiking boots with poles. Rather heavy traffic for a Thursday afternoon - no doubt enhanced by the nice weather.

Was just here this morning, this trail is currently under construction so you have to take the steeper alternative route to Lonesome Lake.

This is one of my favorite trails, I've done it with my dog twice, once in the middle of summer and once when there was still a lot of snow/ice on the ground. Moderate hike but gradual enough that kids could still have a good time as long as they're active.

2 days ago

2 days ago

Another great hike in New Hampshire. It was a moderate hike and the effort is worth the view.

3 days ago

Great trail.Well cared and maintained.

Hiked down the Pemi Trail from Lafayette camp ground the first weekend of October. What a treat...The Basin was gorgeous so glad I choose to stop here!!

7 days ago

Great hike to do on a day that is going to be warm. Get started early and go straight to the top. Hang out there for a bit, then stop at various places on the way down to enjoy the views, catch some sun, wade, and perhaps discover a water slide or two. Wear good hiking shoes, but bring your water shoes.