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“Franconia in August”
Review of Franconia Notch

Franconia Notch
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$510.00*
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Ranked #7 of 17 things to do in Franconia
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Owner description: The narrow passageway between the Franconia and Kinsman mountain ranges.
Reviewed January 1, 2014

Stayed for 6 days in August , at Lafayette Campground. Outstanding place, everything was amazing. Few areas anywhere would have as many spectacular natural wonders, doubly so for an area as relatively small as Franconia. We did Echo beach, Cannon Mountain tram and observation tower trail at the top, the basin, the Flume gorge, the hike to Lonesome Lake, and the Kancamaugus scenic byway.

The Flume gorge was spectacular beyond description. The gorge is also only part whats there: there is also the golden pool (amazing in its own right) , the boulder fields, the 'wolf den' (small cave) and scenery everywhere. There's so much to look at. As an aside: if souvenirs/gift shops are your thing, they also have one of the best at the Flume center, esp. for clothing. .

Cannon mountain was also great, the tram ride was cool, the lodge up top is very cool, and then there is a trail along the edge of the mountain to an observation tower that was spectacular. A bit pricey for the tram, but no regrets.

Lonesome lake was maybe my favorite day. A steep, long switchback up the mountain (2.5 hours , with a 5 year old though) to the lake up top, around the lake, stopped at the mountain safety hut , and finshed circling the lake. The lake is gorgeous, and you hear nothing up there except the wind. You will probably notice the silence, since one thing about Franconia is the downshifting tractor trailers that echo all over the notch - its a bit noisy at times. There are some that may find the trail up is too hard - I saw people turn back at times.

We took the Kancamaugus to Conway, and this drive is just one amazing view after another. There are countless places to pull over and take pictures etc. If you have a map of the byway, near Crawford there is a pullover, where you can go down to the river, walk all over the huge boulders, the kids can play in the water. etc. again with scenery everywhere.

Also did the basin, which is more than just the basin actually, there are waterfalls and chutes in the area, and the basin is quite unique.

Echo beach, hung out there, walked up to artists bluff from the beach (trail starts across the street) and got a panoramic view of Echo lake , cannon mountain and the surrounding area. The lake is quite cold, as it is spring fed from the mountains . The kids may get a bit of a surprise if they just barrel in. Its swimmable though.

All of the above is within about a 3 mile stretch of highway, including the Kancamaugus ramp at the south end . Kancamaugus itself was about a 50 minute drive, to Conway. The outlet stores are up the road in North Conway, if thats of interest. We went, but bought nothing, weren't all that impressed with anything there.

We are family of 4 , two kids, ages 5 and 8, and there was lots to see and do. Franconia is all about scenery , more than anything else, but there are hikes, bike trails, nearby town to explore etc. Sorry for the long review, but hopefully it gives some idea of what to expect.

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Reviewed October 19, 2013

We took the aerial tramway up Cannon Mountain, fab views. We hiked up Mt Pemigewasset, visited the Flume (overpriced and crowded but nice walk), we strolled on the beach at Echo Lake. Plenty for everyone of all ages and fitness levels.

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Reviewed September 9, 2013

The basin was gorgeous! The best part was it was free. Not that the other places we went were expensive but every one knows how a budget needs to expand sometimes.

4  Thank Aroellke
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

The sights were amazing, the price was fairly expensive, and I was not met with friendly faces as I paid for admission. It is a
self guided hike that included a lot of impatient people trying to get to the top all at the same time so it was very hard to enjoy the sights around.you without being rushed, it is a beautiful natural wonder but with that experience I may not return.

1  Thank dangelo1005
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

The bike trail starts near Echo Lake and Cannon Mountain with signs leading all the way down to the Flume Gorge. The trail follows the highway and is mostly downhill. The scenery is beautiful and bike path is paved all the way down to the Flume Gorge parking lot. Went during Memorial Day weekend 2013 and was definitely worth the ride.

1  Thank Jon Y
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