Hike, Bike, and Ski at Franconia Notch State Park
Situated in the heart of White Mountain National Forest in northern New Hampshire, Franconia Notch State Park extends from Flume Gorge to Echo Lake, providing a wealth of natural beauty and outdoor activities. Depending on the season during which you plan a vacation to stay in one of the many nearby Franconia Notch State Park cabins, you and your family can enjoy miles of hiking and biking trails, fishing, or skiing at the park's state-operated ski resort.
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Best Hiking Trails in Franconia Notch State Park
This mountainous nature reserve is home to a variety of trails suitable for visitors of all ages. Explore Lonesome Lake, head up to the Falling Waters, or visit the former site of the giant stone face known as the Old Man of the Mountain. Whatever kind of hike you prefer, Franconia Notch State Park cabins provide easy access to the trails.
This 1.3mi. trail is rated as easy for difficulty and takes hikers to Profile Lake. A monument to the Old Man of the Mountain is also found along this scenic route.
A 3.1mi., moderately difficult route, this trail crosses the river before heading up to Lonesome Lake, where you can take in great views of the surrounding mountains.
Following Dry Brook upstream, this half-mile trail is short but difficult, and includes a number of rocky scrambles. Along this route, hikers will see the Shining Rock, a 200ft. tall slab of ancient granite.
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Best Family Activities in Franconia Notch State Park
Franconia Notch State Park hotels give families access to a wealth of exciting recreational activities. From educational sessions about the spectacular Flume Gorge to fun-filled days in the snow, you will find something to keep everyone happy on your next vacation. The park even provides younger children with organized scavenger hunts to let them explore the area in an engaged manner.
The ideal place to learn more about the famous Flume Gorge, the visitor center provides vacationers with plenty of information about the area. Additionally, the Aerial Tramway here dates back to 1938 and offers stunning views from 2,180ft. in the air.
Echo Beach provides excellent boating opportunities and gives you a different way to explore the park, or try your hand at fishing. Canoe and paddle boats can be rented here, and the river itself provides great views of Mt. Lafayette and Cannon Mountain.
When snow falls in Franconia Notch State Park, vacationers are treated to a winter wonderland. Cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, and snowmobiling are all extremely popular.
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