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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.

Great trail with amazing views on ledges. I would rate the hike strenuous for anyone that doesn't hike often. Moderate with lots of rock scrabble though would not call it 'bouldering'. Doable for just about anyone-please come prepared for exposure on top and plenty of water. We went early in the morning and saw nobody on way up and minimal on way down. Dog friendly.

We actually started up only to find the trail was closed so we took the Detour which was hard but only about 1 1/2 miles We then took the cascade trail back down. Was a beautiful trail down

2 days ago

2 days ago

This trail is a ton of fun and beautiful. A perfect mix of scenic and green with physical challenge. Never a bored moment. It was misty the day I hiked it so the climb had a lovely mystique. That said, I definitely would not recommend this trail if it's actually raining because there is a considerable amount of sloping rocks that you have to ascend.