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The natural wonders of Franconia Notch State Park, surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest, are impressive indeed.




The main features are Franconia Notch (pass, or gap) itself, the Flume, the Basin, several lakes, and—formerly—the rock outcrop in the shape of a man's profile which became the state symbol of New Hampshire, the famous Old Man of the Mountain.

State Park Visitor Center
& Flume Gorge

Four miles (6.4 km) north of North Woodstock is the Visitor Center for Franconia Notch State Park, next to the Flume Gorge, a natural cleft in the granite. The Visitor Center can tell you all about the park, its sights, picnic and camping areas, and hiking trails. A boardwalk has been erected along the 800-foot length of the Flume, and for admission fee you can walk through its cool depths.

The Basin

North of the Visitor Center and Flume Gorge along US Route 3, signs will point to a side road and the Basin, a huge glacial pothole in the native granite, 20 feet in diameter. The hole is at the foot of a waterfall, and was presumably made by the action of small rocks and stones whirled around by the force of the water. It's a cool spot, good for contemplation.

The Old Man

North of The Basin, the Old Man of the Mountains, also called the Great Stone Face, was one of New Hampshire's most famous features. Now he's gone! (sob) More...

Cannon Mountain

At the northern end of Franconia Notch is access to Cannon Mountain. An impressive view of Franconia Notch and the mountains is yours if you take the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway to the summit of the mountain (4100 feet/1250 meters). The tramway operates in the summer from the end of May to mid-October. More...

Loon Mountain

The ski resort at the western end of the Kancamagus Highway has lots to do in summer and autumn as well as in winter, including its gondola cablecar to the summit and an adventure forest park with ziplines, climbing wall, glacial caves and lots more. More...

Robert Frost's Farm

North of Franconia Notch, only a mile or two from the town of Franconia is The Frost Place, one of the New Hampshire farms that the great poet bought in the early part of this century. He lived here with his wife and children during some of the most productive and inspired years of his life, and wrote many of his best and most famous poems to describe life on this farm and the scenery surrounding it. More...

The Lost River

As you travel through New Hampshire, you'll see many bumper stickers proclaiming "I found the Lost River." You can find it too, 6 miles west of North Woodstock on Route 112 in Kinsman Notch. Explore the narrow gorge and caverns with the help of walkways, ladders, and bridges. Like most of the attractions in this neck of the woods, it's open mid-May to mid-October. There's a small entrance fee.

Clark's Trading Post

Clark's on US Route 3 just north of Lincoln has been a traditional stop for families traveling in the White Mountains since 1928. In addition to an old-fashioned photo parlor, water-bumper boats, a magic house, a narrow-gauge steam locomotive, and a gift shop selling moccasins, a family of native black bears performs daily. It's a bit on the campy side, but it's also part of many people's childhood.

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Hikers explore the Flume Gorge
in Franconia Notch State Park.

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