Franconia Notch, NH: A Complete Community Profile of Franconia Notch, NH.

NH Community Profiles: Franconia Notch, NH

 

Franconia Notch, NH

Franconia Notch is a major mountain pass along the Franconia Notch Parkway (Interstate 93 and US Route 3) straddling Lincoln and Franconia, NH. Bounded by Cannon Mountain to the west and Mount Lafayette to the east, the notch contains Echo Lake and Profile Lake. Both are good for fishing and Echo Lake also has a public beach, part of Franconia State Park. Both lay at the base of Cannon Mountain which has a state owned ski area by the same name.

The view from Echo Lake, looking south. The notch has many recreation uses: There are multiple hiking trails (including easy handicap accessible ones), bike paths, a state park campground and a separate RV park, a ski area, a ski museum, public beach with canoe rentals, a seasonally operated aerial tramway and some pretty amazing scenery. New for 2012 were bike rentals and shuttle service by Sport Thoma.

The trails and parking are all free but most other things involve costs. Access to all the facilities is quite easy, and midweek parking is ample but occasional weekends and holidays seem to overwhelm resources. Plan accordingly.

The view from Echo Lake, looking east southeast. The notch is also home to Flume Gorge and Visitor Center, extending 800 feet at the base of nearby Mt. Liberty and boasting granite walls rising 70-90 feet in height.

Another famous attraction was the Old Man Of The Mountain, a natural rock outcropping resembling the profile of a man. After being known and loved for over two hundred years, it fell early on the foggy morning of May 3, 2003. A fitting memorial has been created at the Old Man Of The Mountain Profiler Plaza, also along the Parkway.

Restaurants and lodging are just a few minutes away in Lincoln or Franconia, with slightly upscale amenities available 20 minutes away in Sugar Hill.

A view of Cannon Cliff in early November, 2012.

 

Scheduled Events

  WINGZILLA   (9/9)
  Freedom Walk   (9/11)
  John Waite   (9/15)
  Duets   (9/15-17 & 22-24)
  NH Highland Games   (9/15-17)
  John Popper   (9/21)
  Polaris Camp RZR   (9/22 & 23)
  100 Acre Challenge   (9/23)
  Buckey Lewis   (9/23)
  Matthew Odell   (10/1)
  Durham County Poets   (10/6)
  Riverfire   (10/14)
  Ethan Frome   (10/20-22 & 27-29)
  Bold Riley   (10/21)
  Murder Mystery Train  (10/21-22 & 28-29)
  Berlin Jazz   (10/28)
  WM Milers' Half Marathon   (10/29)
  FrancoFest   (11/4 & 4)

 ◄ Expanded Calendar ►



Photo Galleries

 

Miss Berlin-Gorham Competition 2012 New England Brewfest 2014 RiverFire, Berlin, NH 2012 Sugar Hill Lupine Festival Gallery 2012 Bristol-Gorham Foliage
Quick Links

 





Business Directory

 

 

                      more ►  

 

 

Attractions

 

  Clark's Trading Post
  Cog Railway
  Competition Complex
  Conway Scenic Railroad
  Flume
  Jericho Mountain ATV Park
  Kancamagus Highway
  Littleton Riverwalk
  Lost River Gorge
  Mt. Washington Auto Road
  Polar Caves
  Santa's Village
  Six Gun City
  Storyland
  Vertical Ventures
  Whale's Tail Water Park
  Woodstock Inn & Brewery

 

more ►  

 

Community Profiles

 

  Bethlehem
  Bretton Woods
  Colebrook
  Conway
  Franconia
  Hanover
  Jackson
  Lebanon
  Lincoln
  Littleton
  North Conway
  Pittsburg
  Plymouth
  Twin Mountain
  Franconia Notch
  Wolfeboro

more ►  

 

Recreation and Tourism

 

  Farm To Table Restaurants
  Hiking To Crash Sites
  Little Ski Areas
  Local Movie Theaters
  Local Performance Theaters

 

more ►  

 

Other Resources

  NH Cabins & Cottages
  NH Census Info
  NH Data (OEP)
  NH Fishing Reports
  NH Foliage Report
  NH Hiking Trail Conditions
  NH Lottery
  NH Movie Guide
  NH Road Conditions
  NH Ski Reports
  NH Snowmobile Trail Reports
  NH State Parks
  NH Town Officials Directory
  NH Weather
  White Mtn. National Forest
  VisitNH.Gov

 

 

 

Copyright 2012-2017 by George C. Jobel, 603-491-4340. All Rights Reserved.