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The area centered on North Woodstock and Lincoln NH in the White Mountain National Forest and Franconia Notch State Park is rich in possibilities for outdoor activities.



Franconia Notch is a dramatic narrow pass ("notch") through steep, high mountain cliff walls in the White Mountains of New Hampshire near Mount Washington.

Interstate 93 comes north from Boston MA via Manchester NH and Concord NH to pass through the White Mountain National Forest and Franconia Notch State Park, passing between the towns of Lincoln NH and North Woodstock NH before entering the narrow notch itself (map).

Within the notch, the highway narrows to two lanes and the speed limit is reduced. At the northern end of the notch the highway widens again.

Franconia Notch State Park

Most of the notch region is protected in Franconia Notch State Park, which includes such natural features as Profile Lake, The Basin and the Flume Gorge near the park's Visitor Center. More...

Above Profile Lake is the rocky cliff where the Old Man of the Mountain formation once peered out across the notch and the thousands of visitors who came every year to peer back.

The Old Man is gone, but the Franconia Notch region is especially good for hiking, camping, canoeing and kayaking, picnicking, and skiing at Cannon Mountain in Franconia Notch itself, and at Loon Mountain just east of Lincoln NH at the western end of the Kancamagus Highway.

The towns of Lincoln NH and North Woodstock NH form the center of the developed area within the forest, and it's here that most people come to look for a hotel, a restaurant, or any of the other services of civilization.

From Lincoln, the Kancamagus Highway heads east through the most scenic 33-mile drive in the mountains.

North of Franconia Notch, the town of Franconia NH offers several quiet country inns away from the bustle of summer vacationers. The Frost Place, a farm once owned by poet Robert Frost, holds summer poetry conferences. More...

Loon Mountain Resort

Just east of Lincoln NH along the Kancamagus Highway (NH Route 112), Loon Mountain Resort has great winter skiing and snowboarding, and a full program of activities and festivals in the warmer months as well. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan

What to See & Do

Lincoln NH

North Woodstock NH

Franconia Notch State Park

Kancamagus Highway

Mount Washington

White Mountan Nat'l Forest

New Hampshire Highlights

About New Hampshire

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Old Man of the Mountain, Franconia Notch

The Old Man of the Mountain as he looked a few years ago, before he got too old and fell apart.

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