Franconia Notch is a major mountain pass through the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Dominated by Cannon Mountain to the west and Mount Lafayette to the east, it lies principally within Franconia Notch State Park and is traversed by the Franconia Notch Parkway . The parkway required a special act of Congress to sidestep design standards for the Interstate highway system because it is only one lane in each direction.
The notch was home to the Old Man of the Mountain, a rock formation whose profile is a symbol of the state of New Hampshire, until it collapsed in 2003.
The notch is located primarily in the town of Franconia but extends south into Lincoln. It is bordered to the east by Franconia Ridge, comprising Mount Lafayette, Mount Lincoln, and Little Haystack Mountain, and to the west by 4080ft Cannon Mountain and the sheer face of Cannon Cliff. The notch's height of land is located near its northern end, at the base of Cannon Mountain. Echo Lake lies just north of the high point of the notch, with an outlet that flows into Lafayette Brook, then the Gale River, the Ammonoosuc River, and finally the Connecticut River, which enters Long Island Sound at Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Just south of the height of land, Profile Lake lies beneath the cliff that once held the Old Man of the Mountain. Profile Lake is the source of the Pemigewasset River, the primary tributary of the Merrimack River, which flows to the Gulf of Maine at Newburyport, Massachusetts. Put Franconia Notch and other Franconia attractions into our Franconia trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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This area has some of the most amazing sight-seeing options in New Hampshire. Suggest spending three days here. Try the tramway, Cannon Mt, and Franconia Notch State Park.
This area has some of the most amazing sight-seeing options in New Hampshire. Suggest spending three days here. Try the tramway, Cannon Mt, and Franconia Notch State Park. more »
This was an unexpected delight! On o road trip we stopped by to hike along the stream coming out of Profile Lake. The Franconia Notch is one of the coolest geological sites I've ever seen! We...
This was an unexpected delight! On o road trip we stopped by to hike along the stream coming out of Profile Lake. The Franconia Notch is one of the coolest geological sites I've ever seen! We... more »
Probably one of the most beautiful places I've been fortunate to see. Pictures don't do it justice.
What a magical place! Franconia Notch is absolutely magnificent! Just a few select pictures from Mount Willard and the trail up and the views were just splendid! One must come here not only for the views but for the peace of mind, the wildlife, and the chance to recharge and relax.
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