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Description - Interstate 93 travels between the high peaks of the Kinsman and Franconia mountain ranges. Traveling through the Notch offers access to many special features along one of America's most outstanding parkways. Franconia Notch is the home of the famous Old Man of the Mountain, the same "Great Stone Face" immortalized by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Daniel Webster. The Flume Visitor Center, the exciting aerial tramway at Cannon Mountain and the New England Ski Museum are major attractions. Echo Lake is a also a main attraction offering swimming, nine-mile bike path, fly fishing, rocking climbing and wildlife viewing. Peregrine falcons are often spotted around the cliffs. There is also access to the Appalachian Trail.

Attractions - Located just north of the North Woodstock / Lincoln area, this beautiful mountain pass is a haven for tourism. It is the home of the Old Main of the Mountain and year-round recreation opportunities. The state park activities range from hiking to skiing including a nine-mile paved recreation path, swimming beach, campground, museum, gift shop and more. Some of the main features include The Flume Gorge which is dotted with covered bridges and waterfalls, The Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway / Ski Area and The Lafayette Campground and Cannon RV Park. There is also access to the Appalachian Trail.

Recreation - Visitors to the Franconia Notch area will find many amenities and many outdoor recreation opportunities including camping, swimming, mountain biking, hiking, picnicking, fishing, boating, skiing / snowboarding, cross country skiing and snowmobiling.

Climate - Winter can be cold with average temperatures ranging around 19 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold temperatures humidity bring heavy, water-laden snow to all parts of the state. Spring begins in mid-March and lasts through May. This time of the year is referred to as mud season in the mountains. The sugar is flowing early in the season and wild flowers bloom toward the end of it. Summer is the busiest season of the year for the tourism industry. This is an excellent time to travel, mountain roads are open and most of the mud has dried. Average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall brings the leaf lookers to see the spectacular colors of the deciduous trees. Expect to see bus loads of people enjoying the crisp fall New England weather.

Location - Franconia Notch State Park may be reached by traveling north out of the North Woodstock / Lincoln area on either Interstate 93 or US 3. The park is located a few miles north.


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New Hampshire, long recognized as the Granite State, was without its symbol as dawn broke over Franconia Notch. Estimated at five slabs of granite weighting approximately 700 tons and measuring 40 feet 5 inches from forehead to chin, the sacred symbol is mourned. Perhaps the profile's tumbling is best described by members of the Abenaki tribe, "When great ones turn themselves to stone, and the stone gives way, that is a release of spirit. Our chief has come home." Updated: 2003-05-06 13:01:00.0

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Contact Information:
Franconia Notch State Park , Franconia, NH, 03580, Phone: 603-823-8800

Additional Information:
Appalachian Trail - New Hampshire - The white-blazed Appalachian Trail (A.T.) passes through 14 states, 8 national forests, 2 national parks and numerous state parks. The New Hampshire section of the A.T. spans about 160 miles from the Connecticut River in Hanover to the Maine state line.
New Hampshire State Parks - The state of New Hampshire has over 65 state park facilities ranging from historic sites and woodland picnic groves to beautiful sand beaches. There is one National Park facility, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and one National Forest, White Mountains.
New Hampshire State Parks - The state of New Hampshire has over 65 state park facilities ranging from historic sites and woodland picnic groves to beautiful sand beaches.
White Mountains Trail - Kancamagus Highway - A federally designated national scenic and cultural byway, the White Mountains Trail / Kancamagus Highway is a 100-mile loop past numerous scenic overlooks, beautiful waterfalls, countless trailheads and more.
White Mountains Travel Region - The White Mountains Travel Region lies in the mid section of New Hampshire offering spectacular scenery of White Mountains National Forest. State Parks abound with the most well known being Franconia Notch offering sights of New Hampshire's symbol "the Old Man of the Mountain."

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New Hampshire State Parks - Official New Hampshire State Parks Website

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