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260 Tramway Drive
Franconia/Lincoln, NH 03580
Phone: 603-823-8800

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Franconia Notch State Park is located in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest. Franconia Notch is a spectacular mountain pass traversed by a unique parkway which extends from the Flume Gorge at the south to Echo Lake at the north. For eight miles, I-93 winds between the high peaks of the Kinsman and Franconia mountain ranges.

Franconia Notch was the home of the famous Old Man of the Mountain, the same “Great Stone Face” immortalized by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Daniel Webster. While you are here, stop at the Flume Gorge Visitor Center and walk through the renowned Flume Gorge, ride the exciting aerial tramway at Cannon Mountain, and visit the New England Ski Museum. Take your time, stop for a swim at Echo Lake, net a trout while fly fishing at Profile Lake, ride your bike on the Recreational Trail, watch for rock climbers, hawks, and falcons on Cannon Cliffs, or hike on the Appalachian Trail. Bring the family, stay awhile, and enjoy Franconia Notch State Park.

NOTICE: Please park only in designated parking areas.
See hiker information HERE.

Franconia Notch Map and Attractions Brochure

Echo Lake Beach

Beautiful Echo Lake, at an elevation of 1,931 feet, offers views of Mt. Lafayette and Cannon Mountain. Visitors can also enjoy swimming, fishing, boating and canoe, kayak  and pedal boat rentals. Last rental boats go out an hour before closure. The waters of Echo Lake flow westerly toward the Connecticut River.

Book your trip to Echo Lake Beach: Visitors can make a reservation before arriving at the park as parking is limited (especially on nice weekends and holidays). Walk-in spaces are available for visitors on a first come/first-serve basis. Reservations can be made up to 30 days prior to arrival.
The restrooms will be open on days that the beach is unstaffed.

BEACH RESERVATIONS

Parks Plate & Season Pass: There are desiganted spaces set aside for plate/pass holders on a first-come/first-serve basis. Reservations are still encouraged in the event a park reaches capacity (requiring a $1 transaction fee).

NH Senior Citizens: To receive a discount at our per person fee locations, enter the number of NH Senior Citizens in the vehicle/occupant information section of the order details page, rather than the number of adults.

Fee Days/Hours
Adults: $4
Children (6-11): $2
May 27 – June 12
Open Fridays – Sundays 10am – 5pm
General Store open Fridays – Sundays 10am – 5pm
Boat Rentals Fridays – Sundays 10am – 5pm, Last boat rentals go out at 4pm
June 17 – September 4
Beach is open daily 9am – 6pm
General Store open daily 9am – 6pm
Boat Rentals open daily 9am – 6pm, Last boat rentals go out at 5pm.
September 9 – October 9
Open Fridays – Sundays 10am – 5pm
General Store open Fridays – Sundays 10am – 5pm
Boat Rentals Fridays – Sundays 10am – 5pm, Last boat rentals go out at 4pm

Franconia Notch Bike Path

Constructed as part of the Franconia Notch Parkway this path, completely separate from the Parkway, traverses the length of Franconia Notch and provides access to all park facilities and natural features.

Bike Rentals are being offered by Sport Thoma in Lincoln, NH and you’ll find a full range of Scott all-terrain bikes for adults and children. Shuttle service to Franconia Notch is available.

Visit the Franconia Notch Recreation Path page for more details on the bike path.

Access to the Franconia Notch Bike Path from the base of the Aerial Tramway, Exit 34B, I-93.

Lafayette Place Campground

Please note: Tree work will begin at the campground on April 4, 2022. More information on the project can be found here.

In the heart of Franconia Notch State Park, Lafayette Place Campground is the camping and hiking hub for the park. It provides a great base from which to enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, and many attractions in the White Mountains. Information about hiking trails, safety, and the natural and cultural history of the park is available at the cabin near the campground entrance. A lodge houses a registration desk and offers a selection of camping supplies. Each campsite is wooded and has a picnic table, car parking, and an open fireplace. There are coin-operated showers and a camp store. Lafayette Campground provides 97 wooded tent sites.

Winter Camping – centrally located in Franconia Notch State Park, Lafayette Campground provides a great base if you’re looking for a primitive winter camping spot close to winter hiking, skiing & snowboarding.
Lafayette Campground has tent sites available for primitive camping only with no facilities. Winter camping at Lafayette Place Campground is Carry-In, Carry Out. A pay station is provided for self-registration.

Camping Dates Office Hours Camping Rate Per Night
May 21 – Oct 10, 2022
Primitive camping only after Oct. 10
Daily: 8pm – 9pm
$25/site

LAFAYETTE PLACE RESERVATIONS

Lafayette Place Campground Map  |  Lafayette Place Campground Information/Policies

Cannon Mountain RV Park

The seven-site RV park, located on the north shore of scenic Echo Lake in Franconia Notch State Park, is open year-round. Three-way hook-ups are provided during the regular camping season beginning Memorial Day Weekend. However, there is no water or sewer, including dump station, available from mid-October through late May. RVs must be self-contained. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Bathrooms are available seasonally at the beach but are locked at night. In addition, many campers enjoy the convenience of winter RV camping at the base of popular Cannon Mountain Ski Area.

  • May 27, 2022 through Columbus Day, water, sewer & electric hookups are provided at full rate – $40/night.
  • From the day after Columbus Day through late-May, we go to off-season rates of $25/night and the RV Park will be carry-in, carry-out only with no water or sewer hookups. Electric hookup available.
  • The dump station in the Echo Lake Parking lot will be closed (2022) for the summer to the public.
  • RV sites 1-7 are available by online reservation only through Columbus day weekend, 2022.?
  • RV’s MUST be self-contained with a restroom on board – pop ups are not permitted.
  • Mid-October to Late-May are at off-season rates and the RV Park is carry-in, carry-out only with no water or sewer hookups. Electric hookup is available.

RV PARK RESERVATIONS 
View RV Park Map

Are pets allowed at Franconia Notch State Park?

Pets are permitted in the designated dog walks near the Tramway and Flume parking lots only, not in the campground. See the NH State Parks Pets Policy for more information.

Access for Persons with Disabilities

Visit our Accessibility for All webpage at www.nhstateparks.org/news-events/accessibility. For more information on specific accessibilty needs or questions, please contact the individual park office directly.

Notice: Drone Use is Restricted
Drone use is restricted at all NH State Parks. Drone operators are not permitted to take off or land within NH State Park boundaries.

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  • Prashanth Vissapragada

    This park is a beauty. There are so many things to do here and one might get too overwhelmed. I suggest the following places: 1. Visit Mt. Washington - There are 3 ways to reach the top: Guided Tours, Cog railway, or your own car. Guided tours are 2 hours from base to base so, it might feel a bit rushed. Visiting with your own car is adventurous - roads get narrower sometimes, and there is no railing, it is a bit challenging but if you're up for it, then definitely do try. It's worth the experience. Cog railway is plain beautiful, you get to enjoy the scenic views without any effort - If driving up with your car is overwhelming, this is definitely the best option. 2. Take a train - Conway Scenic. They do these guided tours and it's just fun in the train. They have trains starting almost every hour until 1 I guess. I'm not sure, but you can check their website. 3. Take the Cannon Mountain tramway at Franconia Notch State Park - it's just fun and has breathtaking views. After taking the tramway, you'll have to hike a little - it's a very small hike probably less than 5 minutes. then, you'll reach a building that's 3 stories high. Take the stairs and you'll reach the top. - That's where it has all those views, They say that on a clear day you can even see Canada. From there, definitely do visit Flume Gorge. Funny story, when we were thinking of visiting places for fall colors, we saw a beautiful scenic water falls sliding across our TV in Fire TV wallpapers, the title said "Avalanche Waterfalls" but when we visited this state park, we couldn't find it. Nobody knew those waterfalls, google maps took us to Flume Gorge and from the pictures hanging outside the Flume Gorge, we realized it's the same. Unfortunately we visited after the closing hour and couldn't see those waterfalls. But I heard it's definitely worth visiting. All in all, NH is a beauty. Always call before visiting these places as they might close during extreme weathers.

  • Sindhu Swaroop
    Sindhu Swaroop
    3 months ago

    Absolutely lovely view. Worth the steep 25 min hike at Artist’s bluff view point . Don’t need any hiking gear but wasn’t the easiest hike either. A local told us it’s the best view in New Hampshire and we thought so too. It’s mindblowing. Echo Lake Beach is a must if you want to swim. It has an amazing view. Also has a bunch of other trails like Flume Gorge and Lafayette. Flume gorge was really good although not sure it was worth 18$. You could go in the evening hours for free.

  • Deb Popson
    Deb Popson
    4 months ago

    Gorgeous stop on my "see America tour." The Cannon Mountain Tram was a wonderful ride up the mountain and the view from the top, amazing! The hikes around the rim and to the tower made the price worthwhile. If I had more time in the area, there is much to do. Next time!

  • Julia Noelle
    Julia Noelle
    a month ago

    My family and I visited Franconia Notch State Park on our tour of the Northeastern United States. I had never heard of this park but it is now one of my favorite places I have ever been. The fall colors are abundant and breathtaking. Echo Lake was my favorite spot. The trees around the lake were beautiful, there was a reflection of the trees in the glistening water, and behind the trees surrounding the lake there were mountains covered in fall colored trees. We took a hike up the Basin trail and while it was tough and pretty much straight up hill, the views we were rewarded with along the way were spectacular. I want to go back every year it is just so beautiful. There was so much of the park that we didn’t have time to do because we only had half a day but I know we could have spent so much more time there because of all the trails and the beautiful sights.

  • Ninah Fominyen
    Ninah Fominyen
    a month ago

    Easy to purchase tickets online. Need to get check in to get paper copies. Clean facilities and bathrooms. Friendly and informative tram operators. Easy quick ride to the top with a fairly accessible route to the outlook tower. Lots of small deviations to picturesque views and openings. It's nearing peak season, so the colors are spectacular.

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