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Franconia Notch State Park

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Has it all!

Containing everything from Cannon Mountain and its skiing and tram; Mt. Lafayette, the 2nd highest... read more

Reviewed November 12, 2018
Derry, New Hampshire
Scenic park, moderate hike up into Flume Gorge

We stayed nearby (just north of Lincoln) and were literally within 5 minutes of this park. We went... read more

Reviewed November 4, 2018
Atlanta, Georgia
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260 Tramway Dr, Franconia, NH 03580-4402
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Reviewed November 12, 2018

Containing everything from Cannon Mountain and its skiing and tram; Mt. Lafayette, the 2nd highest in NH; the Basin; Artist's Bluff; Echo Lake; and so much more, Franconia Notch State Park is located straight up 93N, so it's impossible to miss. Just pull off on...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2018

We stayed nearby (just north of Lincoln) and were literally within 5 minutes of this park. We went in the morning shortly after they opened, as there was rain moving in later. If possible, I'd definitely recommend going when the fall leaves are turning, as...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 27, 2018

This state park has what you are looking for if you are nature-deprived in a city! Bridal Veil is an excellent hike to stimulate all your senses and leave your gratified to be alive!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lrbarile
Reviewed October 23, 2018

Excellent State Park, well maintained and accessible. We were on a coach but had regular stops and commentary

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 22, 2018

We hiked the Franconia Ridge loop near the end of October, which was too late to see the foliage, but the scenery was still just spectacular! The loop is roughly 9 miles or so, with about 3800 feet of total vertical ascent. You can of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank James W
Reviewed October 18, 2018

One of our favourite parts of the whole White Mountains area, great walks, great views, lots to see and do.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 16, 2018 via mobile

Having a desire to visit New Hampshire during autumn, my friend and I discovered Franconia Notch State Park and immediately where determined to make the hike on the loop trail. We had read that the trail was difficult, but being that we are relatively fit...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

Very special area. Surprisingly, the mountains of New Hampshire may not be as high as those out West, but they are magnificent in their own way. Excellent highway drive right through. Restaurants, and facilities along the way. Stunning scenery, with some waterfalls and trails. Fortunate...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 8, 2018

Very nice State park with multiple levels of walking trails. We enjoyed the Basin , the Flume Gorge. Don't waste your time stopping at the Old Man of the Mountains. The rock formation fell off years ago. Not sure why this is even included in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Bon09
Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

We are visiting to view fall foilage. We did not see any on this hike. In spite of that, I recommend that this not be skipped. It is truly amazing and unbelievably beautiful.

Date of experience: October 2018
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August 19, 2018|
Response from Mr_DanaFM | Reviewed this property |
Nothing specific, just going up the trails they have there. There's one main trail, and one or two side trails you'll see as you go along.
Claudia T
August 19, 2018|
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Response from Yesdog2016 | Reviewed this property |
It is not flat - mainly sloping. We were there in winter when there was snow/ice on the ground, which was a challenge. But in dry weather it is not difficult. I would recommend folks with balance or walking issues use a... More
July 1, 2018|
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Response from Pema K | Reviewed this property |
I don’t think so.
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Ian J
Dallas, Texas
Short 2 day road trip: Boston to Portland to NH to Boston (2 Replies)
I made a previous thread about our whole trip but a lot of things have changed and thought I'd try to get more input about just this specific part of it. Background: my fiance and I are travelling to Boston in late September for 7 days. 2 of the days we will drive up to Portland then east to Franconia Notch State Park and back down to Boston. I was hoping to get some input on possible stops along the way for each leg. I know it is only 2 days but we think we can pull it off and really are...More
July 24, 2015|
Response fromBooKat|
That is an ambitious plan, to say the least. First, if you land at Boston at noon and then pick up a car and head to Salem for a look around, by the time you backtrack down 128 to get on 95 north and arrive in Portsmouth, it will be closer to dinner, not lunch; at least 4-5:00 p.m.. If you are doing this on a weekday, you want to watch out for commuter traffic on 95, any time from about 4:00-7:00. If you add stops in Ogunquit, you will not get to Portland until late. Keep in mind that at...More
Ruth A
Hoppers Crossing, Australia
Where to stay at Franconia Notch State Park (6 Replies)
My husband and I are travelling through upstate New York then into New Hampshire. We are travelling from Lake Placid to Franconia Notch then onto North Conway. Where are the best places to stay. We prefer cabins and hotels. Ruthie
August 11, 2011|
Response fromneslaw1|
How long will you be in area? Check out north woodstock, lincoln area.
Mexico City, Mexico
Franconia Notch State Park Visitor Center (4 Replies)
Hello, I will be driving from Montreal to Boston and I wanted to snowshoe at Franconia Notch State Park (I have my own shoes, so no need for rentals). The problem is that I'd need some sort of guidance to get a good trail. I'm looking for nice views and elevation gain to get some of the famous New Hampshire scenes in a photo. Do you know if the visitor center is open? I went to the website and I don't understand if the Flume Gorge is closed, but the visitor center is open, or if both...More
February 10, 2011|
Response fromJulianM|
Thanks, LLM. Honestly, I don't know what kind of distance/elevation I'm looking for. As you said, snowshoeing is a lot harder and I have trouble thinking on how much it would be too much for me and the wife. I already did Lincoln Woods a couple of weeks ago and thought it was good, but somehow repetitive (or maybe I just chose the wrong trail). Most people were hiking with standard winter boots and the snowshoes weren't really necessary. It was still a great and unique experience for...More