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Old Man of the Mountain Historic Site

Franconia Notch State Park, Franconia, NH 03580
603-823-8800
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Ranked #10 of 13 attractions in Franconia
Type: Geologic Formations
Description: Formerly New Hampshire's best known landmark, this rock formation resembling a man's profile collapsed on May 3, 2003.
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

We have been here before before NH lost its face:) but the park has a great view. this is the first time we have been here during the winter.

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Manchester, NH
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Although I've lived in NH 30+ years, never actually stopped at this site. Always look up to see the Old Man even though I know he's no longer there. Thought we'd stop now to see how they did the sculpture to put the Old Man back on the Mountain. Pretty clever how they did it. I expected it to be... More

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Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I guess we missed the memo that the old man was gone. We took the short walk, which was not bad for us but the uphill portion seemed difficult for those with mobility impairments. Judging by the looks on their faces on the way back to the parking lot, I would say many of them did not expect to take... More

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Warner,NH
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9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

They did a nice job to recreate the illusion of the old man, but I miss the original. There is a gentle walk down to the lake to the viewing area, with nice views along the way.

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Grand Rapids, MI
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107 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

The Old Man of the Mountain is located near the Cannon Mt. Aerial Tramway. Even though his face has crumbled, it’s worth the short hike out to the “memorial.” It’s an easy paved walk, the area is pretty and you can be out and back within 20-30 minutes. The Profile Plaza is very nicely done. It took me a minute... More

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Penns Grove, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

The Great Stone Face was a rather miraculous rock formation on the mountain, most dramatic, one can see why folks such as Daniel Webster and Nathaniel Hawthorne were so impressed. After being there for centuries (at least), it couldn't last forever and fell in May 2003. I had seen it many times over several decades and kept coming back for... More

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Pennsylvania
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39 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

I had not heard of the Old Man of the Mountain until 6 months ago and had no emotional reaction to hearing it was no longer there. However, when we visited the site and read the information and saw how people who grew up with "him" felt about his demise, I felt their sadness. They have cleverly put together a... More

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Skowhegan, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The plaza built for viewing the moutain where the Old Man's profile once looked out has been very cleverly designed so the visitor can see and experience how the Great Stone Face once appeared. I was very impressed.

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East Hampton, New York
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76 reviews 76 reviews
36 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

You would think a fitting tribute to the Old Man would have been a bit more thought out ! I found it a Dim tribute . This Figure is on there license plates , also the State quarter . Why not take up donations and recreate this Stone formation in Fiberglass ? After all its almost like it represents the... More

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Groton, Connecticut
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6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Although it has fallen down, the state park has done a wonderful tribute and it is worth to see. It is very easy access from the highway. There is a lot of history of how it was preserved over the years before it finally fell in 2003.

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