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

  Seussical   (9/6-15)
  2001 Space Odyssey   (9/7)
  Muster in the Mountains   (9/7-9)
  Wingzilla   (9/8)
  Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino   (9/9)
  Things [Mom] Taught Me   (9/13-23)
  Reach the Beach   (9/14-15)
  WM Storytelling Festival   (9/14-16)
  Metallak Race   (9/15)
  Mandeville & Richards   (9/15)
  Cohase Film Slam   (9/16)
  Tricycle Grand Prix  (9/16)
  Rodney Crowell   (9/21)
  NH Highland Games   (9/21-23)
  Don Who   (9/22)
  Harvest Celebration   (9/22)
  Health & Wellness Fair   (9/22)
  Jeep Invasion  (9/22)
  Lakes Region Tri Festival   (9/22-23)
  Pat Metheny   (9/26)
  Driving Miss Daisy   (9/27 - 10/6)
  Neko Case   (9/27)
  Shot of JD   (9/28)
  Dixville Half Marathon   (9/29)
  New Hampshire Marathon   (9/29)
  Matthew Odell   (9/30)
  Lincoln Fall Craft Festival   (10/6&7)
  Sparrow Blue & Crowes Pasture   (10/6)
  Oktoberfest  (10/6-7)
  White Mountain Oktoberfest   (10/6-7)
  Fall Foliage Celebration   (10/6-8)
  Sandwich Fair   (10/6-8)
  Paddle the Border   (10/7)
  Lincoln Fall Craft Festival   (10/7-9)
  Shadow Play   (10/10)
  Killer Joe   (10/11-21)
  Greg Brown   (10/12)
  Camping & RV Show   (10/12-14)
  Riverfire & Horrorfest   (10/13)
  Jay Stollman Band   (10/19)
  Murder Dinner Train   (10/19-20)
  Pumpkin Patch Express   (10/19-21)
  All Things Pumpkin   (10/20)
  Ethan Setiawan Band   (10/20)
  Bettye LaVette   (10/26)
  Murder Dinner Train   (10/26-27)
  Pumpkin Patch Express   (10/26-28)
  Berlin Jazz   (10/27)

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Photo Galleries


Miss Berlin-Gorham Competition 2012 New England Brewfest 2014 RiverFire, Berlin, NH 2012 Sugar Hill Lupine Festival Gallery 2012 Bristol-Gorham Foliage
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Area Attractions opening/closing schedules.

  Alpine Adventures
  Clark's Trading Post
  Cog Railway
  Conway Scenic Railroad
  Fort Jefferson Fun Park
  Jericho Mountain ATV Park
  Kancamagus Highway
  Littleton Riverwalk
  Lost River Gorge
  Mountain Meadow Funplex
  Mt. Washington Auto Road
  Polar Caves
  Santa's Village
  Vertical Ventures
  Whale's Tail Water Park
  Woodstock Inn & Brewery


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Community Profiles


  Bretton Woods
  North Conway
  Twin Mountain
  Franconia Notch

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Recreation and Tourism


  25 Great Summer Adventures
  Farm To Table Restaurants
  Hiking To Crash Sites
  Little Ski Areas
  Local Movie Theaters
  Local Performance Theaters
  Moose Tours


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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
  Summer Safety Tips [.pdf]
  White Mtn. National Forest




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