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  • Published on Aug 12, 2016
    Monthly State Park Spotlight- Franconia Notch State Park

    With summer coming to a close and the beauty of Fall just around the corner, we thought it would be appropriate to feature a state park that looks amazing in the fall. We hope you enjoy our Monthly State Park Spotlight for August with this beautiful park!

    Franconia Notch State Park

    Have you ever been to a state park and left not knowing which part was your favorite? Well if you ever have the pleasure to visit Franconia State Park in New Hampshire, get ready to experience just that! As one of the most breath taking state parks in the country, Franconia Notch is located between the Franconia and Kinsman mountain ranges. Here is just a quick overview of the types of scenery you an expect to see. Imagine taking a tram up a mountain and looking to your left you see beautiful mountains and breath taking gorges, and to your right you see lush forests with waterfalls. At Franconia Notch, you can take in so many different scenes you might think you went to more than one state park! In this post we will tell you all the best things to see and visit while you are at the park, as well as some of the top camping spots as well. We hope you enjoy our spotlight!


    The first thing most people notice when entering the park is just how massive and big the park is. Guests have almost 7,000 acres of beauty to take in and most don't come close to exploring all the park has to offer! Here are some of the major attractions and things to do in the park.

    - Hiking  

    Experience some of the best hiking in the country on several trails made for all skill levels! Depending on how hard you want your hike to be, there is something for everyone at Franconia Notch. Many trails lead into the National Forest so be sure to get your camera out and ready for some great views! A must do at Franconia is to hike the famous Flume Gorge. The gorge is at the base of Mount Liberty and you have the option to do a 2 mile hike around the gorge or just simply go through the gorge. If you are interested just know that it includes lots of stairs and can be crowded at times, but it does offer a chance to stop and soak in the wonder that is Flume Gorge. There is no cost to enter the park but if you want to experience the Gorge here are the costs:

    - Adults $12.00

    - Children (6-11) $8.00 and 5 & under is free.

    - Last tickets are sold at 5:00 P.M.

    - Fishing

    No matter what type of fisher you might be, you will find great water and fishing at Franconia Notch. With several options including only fly fishing at Profile Lake, and regular fishing at Echo Lake, you can find your type of fishing!

    - Swimming

    So you have heard about all of the mountains and forests, but what about beautiful beaches. Franconia Notch has those to! Kids and adults alike will love swimming in Echo Lake with sandy beaches and great views of Cannon Mountain. If you want to be in the water but don't want to swim, Echo Lake also has boat rentals available until 5 p.m. daily.

    - Tram

    One of the more unique and incredible things you can do at Franconia Notch is take in the beautiful scenery from a tram. The Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway was the first passenger tram in the USA and you can see mountains that stretch for miles while you are on the tram. It really is a sight to see! 

    The tram is open every day as long as the weather is clear. Here are the times and prices for this year:

    Dates: May 21 - June 17: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Dates: June 18 - October 16: 8:30 a.m.-5:30p .m
    2016 Summer Pricing :

    -Ages 13 and up round-trip ride: $17
    -Children ages 6-12 round-trip ride: $14
    -Children ages 5 & under:  Free w/ adult 
    -Ages 13+ one-way ride: $13
    -Ages 6-12 one-way ride: $10


    Camping at Franconia Notch is a breeze with tons of different options. If you have an RV, you can make yourself at home at Cannon Mountain RV Park. The campground is open year round and features seven sites that include hookups. Bathrooms are available nearby and each site includes a picnic table and fire pit. If you are brining your RV starting in Mid-October through the winter, there is no water or dump stations available.

    If you aren't camping in an RV, you can find a home in several areas! One of the most popular is Lafayette Place Campground. Each site has a picnic table and a place to park your car. There is a lodge nearby where campers can get basics and coin-operated showers are available 24/7.

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    We hope you enjoyed our spotlight on Franconia Notch State Park. next time you are in the northeast, give this park a try! You won't regret it.


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