Franconia Notch State Park
White Mountains NH State Parks
Franconia Notch State Park is located in the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire. The notch was formed by the glaciers thousands of years ago.
The formation of the glaciers and then their receding eroded away much of the soil leaving behind the granite the forms Franconia Notch. Ask us about NH’sFranconia Notch Attractions or share comments. To feature your business, contact us.
Franconia Notch NH State Park
One of the early tourist draws to this particular area was the Old Man of the Mountain which was immortalized when Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote about it in 1850 in a short story called “The Great Stone Face”. The Old Man was a geological granite formation that was in the shape of an old man’s profile.
This park offers year round outdoor recreation for all levels and tastes. The warmer months offer hiking, camping, canoeing, rock climbing and biking. Spend the day or camp out for the week. The Appalachian Trail even passes through the notch. In the winter Cannon Mountain is open for skiers. The Cannon Aerial Tramway brings skiers up to the top of the mountain in the winter and sightseers up during the warmer months. A bit of history is also offered for all to enjoy year round.
Some attractions in Franconia Notch State Park include:
Some other attractions in Franconia Notch State Park are The Old Man Historic Site and Museum, The New England Ski Museum, Echo Lake Beach and Cannon RV Park, and Lafayette Place Campground.
The Basin is a large granite hole in the ground that was created by the glaciers. Here there is a picnic area with walking paths to the Basin and an entrance to Franconia Notch State Park. (northbound & southbound access)
Trailhead Parking is ideal for those who wish to hike the Franconia Ridge trail system. Picnic tables are also available. (northbound only access)
Lafayette Place Campground has 97 campsites located in the woods of Franconia Notch, a camp store, showers and information. Reservations for the campground are required. For hikers there is an information cabin, parking and access to some recreational trails. (southbound only access)
Boise Rock was made famous when a man named Thomas Boise used the rock to escape from a blizzard. Wonderful views of Cannon Cliffs and picnic tables are available. (northbound only access)
Profile Lake Trailhead parking is ideal for those who wish to go hiking, rock climbing or use Profile Lake for some fly fishing. (southbound only access)
Franconia Notch State Park
For camp reservations call: 603-745-3628 (Jan.-Oct.)
Stonybrook Motel & Lodge, Rte. 18, Franconia, NH 03580 | 800-722-3552 or 603-823-5800
Located just 2 miles from Cannon Mountain - this four season motel is nestled in the quaint village of Franconia with breathtaking views. Bordered by a sparking alpine stream the Stonybrook features indoor heated / outdoor pools, trout pond, game room, picnic area with grills, fireplace in hand-timbered lodge. AAA approved. Group rates and discount tickets available.
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Four Seasons Motor Inn, Route 3, Twin Mountain, NH 03595 | 800-228-5708
New Hampshire White Mountains - we offer spotless, comfortable, relaxing non smoking rooms. We have a generous play area for kids, picnic area, AM coffee, Game Room, 5 golf courses and ski areas, and attractions surround us! Great views! You will be back! Visit our web site for information.
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Best Western White Mountain Resort, 87 Wallace Hill Road, Franconia, NH 03580 | 603-823-7422
A distinct New Hampshire hotel where great accommodations and low discounted hotel rates are always found! Unique and charming, this White Mtn lodging facility is guest friendly, clean, comfortable and affordable. For Leisure, Holiday, Vacation, Business, Conference, or for Tour Bus operators this Franconia - Littleton New Hampshire hotel is the place for you and your family to stay for your White Mountain vacation.
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Cabot Inn & Suites, 200 Main Street, Lancaster, NH 03584 | 603-788-3346
A four-season family resort located in the heart of the White Mountains, over-looking the Presidential Range. 60+ acres, breathtaking views of the mountains. Bretton Woods, Cannon, Wildcat, Attitash, Loon, Black Mountain, Cranmore ski areas nearby. Family restaurant and lounge. Indoor heated pool, game room, outdoor playground, video game hook-ups. Santa’s Village, Six Gun City, Story Land, Whale’s Tale Water park a short drive away.
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Eastern Inns, Rt 16, 2955 White Mountain Hwy, North Conway NH 03860 | 800-628-3750 or 603-356-5447
Located close to North Conway Village and all valley attractions, and resorts. Offering a variety of rooms and suites. Free Wi-Fi, Indoor Pool/Hot Tub, Game Rooms, and Free Cont. Breakfast. Special Storyland packages available. On site hiking/mountain biking trails. Affordable, Clean, Comfortable.
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Swiss Chalet Village Inn, 457 Intervale Resort Loop, Intervale, NH 03845 | 800-831-2727
The Swiss Chalet Village Inn offers comfortable lodging at an affordable price. Choose from a wide variety of rooms to meet your needs. Wheather you are here for a family outing, wedding, business or pleasure, you will find clean, comfortable White Mountain lodging. Pet Friendly Rooms available. Please inquire.
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Thayer's Inn, 111 Main Street, Littleton, NH 03561 | 800-634-8179
Established in 1843 as a railroad hotel Thayers Inn is one of the most "Pedestrian Friendly" Inns still in existence. Located in the heart of downtown Littleton. 40 Rooms and Suites. Free Wireless Internet, In-Room Movies/Cable TV, Air Conditioning
Pet friendly with restrictions.
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Grand Summit Hotel at Attitash, 104 Grand Summit Road, Bartlett, NH 03815 | 603-374-6700
The mountains are calling you to our all-season destination, home for all of the Attitash fun, with a prime location at the base of Bear Peak at Attitash. This slopeside hotel offers spacious rooms and suites for a quick weekend escape in New England or extended vacations in any season. With kitchens, one, two and three-bedroom options, outdoor heated pool, sauna, hot tubs and the only Ski-in / Ski-out hotel at Attitash. The Mt. Washington Valley NH offers endless outdoor fun any time of year. Enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tubing, hiking, biking, golfing, soaring through the peaks on a zipline tour and more. Just 10 minutes from North Conway Village. See you soon!
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Franconia Inn, 1300 Easton Rd., Franconia, NH 03580 | 603-823-5542
"In the Land of Big Mountains and Small Villages." Nestled in the heart of the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire, The Franconia Inn is a full service country inn, where casual elegance and exquisite cuisine are just waiting to welcome you. Please visit our website for more information.
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The Darby Field Inn and Restaurant, 185 Chase Hill Rd., Albany NH 03818 | 603-447-2181
Wander off the beaten path and discover this romantic White Mountain bed and breakfast. The Inn has 13 unique rooms, all with private bath, and full country breakfast included. On site amenities include: restaurant, tavern, spa services, wooded trails, mountain views, romantic packages, and seasonal heated pool. Minutes from shopping, downhill skiing, ice skating and other local attractions. The Darby Field offers the perfect setting for small weddings and reunions, too.
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