Franconia Notch State Park Travel Guide

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    THE FORREST SEEMS TO GO ON FOREVER
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Franconia Notch State Park Things to Do

  • Historic Concord Coach At Franconia...

    We were on a modern V8 48 seater coach when we pulled into the Plume roadhouse for our morning break during our journey Boston to Quebec in May 2007. The roadhouse was large and modern and in the centre of a large open area was this fine stagecoach from the 1800s'.I immediately wanted a photo and then saw the notice giving the history of this fine...

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  • Take the Cannon Mountain Tramway in...

    A short ride up to the top of a 4000 foot mountainBeautiful views mainly to the north, west and east.Do on a really clear day for best results.In winter this is a ski lift

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  • Flume Gorge

    The flume is an experience worth the $10 entry fee (children 6-12: $7; under 5: free). After a short hike, you’re inside the gorge. Water pours from above, endlessly flowing through the gorge and down Table Rock (500 ft long X 75 ft wide section of Conway granite, lies left of the trailside).The flume extends 800 ft at the base of Mt. Liberty. Its...

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  • Old Man of the Mountain

    The Old Man of the Mountain, nicknamed the Great Stone Face or Profile, was located in Franconia Notch State Park. The Old Man of the Mountain was scenically set 1200 feet above Profile Lake. Discovered in 1805, the rocks that made up the profile collapsed on May 3, 2003.Here is a photo taken in 1996 during my visit to Franconic Notch State Park...

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  • Drive through the Notch in the Winter

    The road is usually open.even after a storm becauseit's a major route - US Route 93.Check weather reports. Ice and frosted snow gets stuck to theheights of the cliffs and makes fora unique view.

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  • LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE

    The majority of our camping trip was spent at this wonderful mountain lake. My Uncle brought his boat with him, so we had hours of entertainment at our finger tips. Not only did I give water skiing a try (without much success) but we also had contests on who could get my Aunt the wettest. My time spent behind the wheel here helped me bone up on my...

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  • THE LOST RIVER

    Back in 1990 I went on a camping trip with my Uncle Paul, his girlfriend Kitty and my Aunt Dody (aka the nun). One of the things we visited was the The River Gorge. What this essentially is, is an under ground river/stream which is accessed by a series of caves, caverns, walkways and bridges. There is one cave in particular, The Lemon Squeezer,...

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  • The Flume

    Don't be put off by what some might consider a steep price tag (last I checked, $8 per adult). This is one of the sights that you'll want to go ahead and splurge on. The Flume is a nearly 1,000 foot gorge that hosts the Flume Brook, a rapid, noisy waterway. You cross back and forth over the brook via a set of boardwalks, and end at a large...

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  • Old Man of the Mountain Memorial

    When we visited, we were looking forward to seeing the natural landmark that is made famous via the state quarter, state signs, etc. Alas, we arrived a few months after the poor guy came crashing down. Now, you can take a very short hike to where the viewpoint once was, and read some signs discussing the untimely end to this landmark. It's a sad...

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  • THE OLD MAN OF THE MOUNTAIN

    The Old Man of the Mountain, nicknamed the Great Stone Face or Profile, was once located in Franconia Notch State Park. The Old Man of the Mountain was scenically set 1,200' above Profile Lake. Discovered in 1805, the rocks that made up the profile collapsed on May 3, 2003.The Old Man of the Mountain was once able to be viewed year-round from two...

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  • THE BASIN

    The Basin is essentially a "granite pothole" It is 20 feet in diameted and believed to have been formed from erosion more than 15,000 years ago. The Pemigewasset River flows into the Basin through a small waterfall. The swirling motion of the river has cause small stones and sand to continue the erosion process. A water-eroded rock formation better...

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  • BOISE ROCK

    Boise rock is names after Thomas Boise. He was a teamster from Woodstock New Hampshire. In the early 1800's he was caught in a blizzard and sought shelter under this boudler. In order to survice he killed his horse, skinned it and wrapped himself in its hide. A search party found him the next day and had to cut away the horses frozen hide. Near the...

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  • THE FLUME

    The Flume was discovered in 1808 and is a natural gorge. It extends 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty. The walls which are made of Conway granite, rise to a height of 70 to 90 feet and are 12 to 20 feet apart. A hike of the Flume begins and ends at the Flume Visitor's Center. In the visitor center are the Flume ticket office, an information...

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  • The Basin

    A short trail leads you to--surprise!--a large rock basin. It's amazing what water can do to stone over the course of millions of years.

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  • The Flume

    The Flume Gorge is a narrow, deep crevice that carries a creek at the bottom. You can take the pathway along the rim of the gorge, or you can take the wooden walkway inside the gorge itself, coming up close and personal to each waterfall (a staircase at the end brings the walkway out to join up with the path). In the winter, giant icicles hang from...

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Franconia Notch State Park Restaurants

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    by Mikebb Updated Jun 10, 2008

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    This was a great place to break our journey from Boston to Quebec. Excellent facilities, a good cafe to purchase hot and cold foods, a nice deck outside to sit and view the forest and for those who need to shop there was the normal souvineer shop.

    What I liked best was the old stagecoach on display.

    The Flume Roadhouse
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Franconia Notch State Park Off The Beaten Path

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    by Julieanne1 Updated Aug 28, 2006

    The Sawyer Pond Trail is a hidden treasure in the White Mountains. As with all trails in the White Mountains, this hike is dog friendly. Your dogs will love it. This is the perfect hike for both dogs and their owners to go off-leash. The hike is a moderate hike about 1.5 miles one way. The hike is slightly uphill and the path is covered in roots and rocks. The prize is when you come to Sawyer Pond. A magnificient view and the perfect spot to relax and reflect for a bit. The view is more than I could have imagined and is truly magnificient.

    Take Rt. 302 through the White Mountain National Park and watch for signs.

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