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“Lame attempt to keep old man alive” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Old Man of the Mountain Historic Site

Old Man of the Mountain Historic Site
Franconia Notch State Park, Franconia, NH 03580
603-823-8800
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Ranked #11 of 13 attractions in Franconia
Type: Geologic Formations
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Owner description: Formerly New Hampshire's best known landmark, this rock formation resembling a man's profile collapsed on May 3, 2003.
Haddon Heights, New Jersey, United States
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“Lame attempt to keep old man alive”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

I think the state park system needs to accept the fact that the old man is gone and look for another symbol for the state of NH. The scenery is fantastic and is enough in and of itself without a lame attempt to keep the old man going. He is gone! Accept it! Enjoy the beauty of the mountains for what they are!

Visited August 2013
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“Quick Scenic Stop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

You have to give the New Hampshire-ites credit - they are certainly doing the best they can despite the old man of the mountain breaking apart in the early 2000's... The new plaza gives you the experience of seeing the old man of the mountain, and there are plenty of plaques and facilities to read the story of the dearly departed rock formation. It's a short walk from the car and worth a stop. Even if you don't buy into the preservation of the 'Old Man', the lake and mountains are beautiful.

Visited August 2013
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“Nice tribute to the Old Man”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

This is hard to describe because the natural wonder has fallen, so when you walk to the site, you find signs describing what used to be, and you look up and nothing is there. People put together a nice memorial at the place describing what happened in 2003 and the site is still beautiful, but the Old Man is gone.

Visited August 2013
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“Easy to Access, Quick Stop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

The Old Man's demise happened 10 years ago, and this relatively new visitor center is a tribute to his connection with NH. The center itself is small (with the gift shop the same size as the memoriabilia room) but it has restrooms and is clean. The walk to the actual memorial is only 5 minutes, and I thought the art piece to demonstrate how the Old Man actually looked was well done. There are places to sit and picnic tables right neat the lake so its a pleasant stop over if you are in the area.

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“The old man's chin fell off in 2011”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

So if you go to the vantage point and try looking up, you will not see the old man. To resuscitate the monument, some vertical towers have been put on the ground with some height indications. You take a spot which indicated your height and look through the head of the tower towards the old man mountain. The tower head has a built in detail in its design that super imposes the missing facial attributes to the old man. Thus making it feel like old times. I was there for an hour but not really. I know, a lot of generous funding helped get the park up and about. It is a nice place to walk but if you are there to see the old man, probably it may not be worth your time.

Visited July 2013
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