Profile lake and Franconia Notch Parkway

Franconia Notch State Park

Welcome to Franconia Notch State Park, located in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest. Franconia Notch is a spectacular mountain pass traversed by a unique parkway which extends from the Flume Gorge north to Echo Lake. For eight miles, I-93 winds between the high peaks of the Kinsman and Franconia mountain ranges. Download the Franconia Notch State Park Hiking Map.

Franconia Notch was the home of the famous Old Man of the Mountain, the same "Great Stone Face" immortalized by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Daniel Webster. A sentinel of the Notch for eons, the Old Man was a beloved icon of the Granite State. The Profile succumbed to the forces of nature in May of 2003, but the Old Man is commemorated at the Profiler Plaza in Franconia Notch, as well as at small museums in the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway building and at the start of the path to the Plaza.

While you are here, stop at the Flume Gorge Visitor Center and walk through the renowned Flume Gorge, ride the aerial tramway at Cannon Mountain, and visit the New England Ski Museum. Take your time, stop for a swim at Echo Lake, net a trout while fly fishing at Profile Lake, ride your bike on the Recreational Trail, watch for rock climbers, hawks, and falcons on Cannon Cliffs, or hike on the Appalachian Trail. Bring the family, stay awhile, and enjoy Franconia Notch State Park.

Plan a trip today! Visit Franconia Notch Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln-Woodstock Chamber of Commerce, and Littleton Chamber of Commerce for lodging packages and more area information.

PLEASE NOTE: Pets are prohibited in Franconia Notch State Park and only allowed at the designated "dog walks" at the Flume Gorge and Aerial Tramway parking lots.

Hunting is prohibited in Franconia Notch State Park.

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