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Old Man of the Mountain Historic Site

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Address: Franconia Notch State Park, Franconia, NH 03580
Phone Number: 603-823-8800
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Formerly New Hampshire's best known landmark, this rock formation...

Formerly New Hampshire's best known landmark, this rock formation resembling a man's profile collapsed on May 3, 2003.

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It's nostalgic for those who knew the whole profile

I grew up a few hours away and went to college a half-hour away, so I saw the Old Man dozens of times before he crumbled. Looking at what's left of him is nostalgic and sad, but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 7, 2016
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Rye, New Hampshire
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Exton, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Of all the memorials I have gone too, I thought this was the most cleverly done. You stand on a marker based on your height. When you look up at the mountain, you look up through a special marker that portrays what the man of the mountain would have looked like. Very clever!

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Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a memorial to NH's best-loved and lost icon. Those of us who grew up here can remember where we were when we heard the Old Man had fallen. I even shed a few tears. Many did. Those who raised funds and put together this memorial did a wonderful job. We all appreciate it. But, if you're not from... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

I was fortunate to see The Old Man in 1995 before it crumbled. It is great how they have a memorial which tells the history. People that live in this area are really true to this site and love it!

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Ankara, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

For those of us who never saw the Old Man of the Mountain while he stood, this is the best possible tribute. The love put into the plaza and historic site shows how much the Great Stone Face meant to the people of New Hampshire. It's a bit disappointing that the profile is gone, but the area is still gorgeous... More 

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Ballston Spa, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

After driving from Lincoln to the state park, we were anticipating something very different that what we found. First we thought by the reviews that we could easily find bike trails, but that is not the case in less you have a very good bike that can do big hills & curvy roads.The park is a 10,000 acre area, not... More 

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Amarillo, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016

With just a short hike, this memorial does a good job of explaining the incredible history of the former rock formation known as the "Old Man in the Mountain". Through optical illusions it also gives you a good idea of what he looked like. It's definitely worth a stop for anyone passing through as this is an important part of... More 

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Rye, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2016

I grew up a few hours away and went to college a half-hour away, so I saw the Old Man dozens of times before he crumbled. Looking at what's left of him is nostalgic and sad, but he's a great symbol of New Hampshire. This is a great tribute to him and worth stopping for.

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Indiana
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2016 via mobile

For many visitors, this geographical feature charmed them. Then, he fell. The "Old Man" image no longer exists. The area is still very scenic, in spite of the missing icon.

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Merrimack, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2016

Was in this area and would have been really nice to be able to see this big piece of New Hampshire history (it's on our license plates). But outside of anyone's control he came crumbling down. There is still a lot of photos and history and is interesting to learn about "him". Still worth going to see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I've been coming to see the OMOFM since I was a little kid. I actually cried when he crumbled. The historic site is really well done. There's an interactive group of metal sculptures that help people of different sizes visualize the Man as if he were back on the mountain. A bit of walking from the parking lot to get... More 

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