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One of our favourite parts of the whole White Mountains area, great walks, great views, lots to see... read more

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Andrea M
Belfast, United Kingdom
Takes your breath away

Very special area. Surprisingly, the mountains of New Hampshire may not be as high as those out... read more

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Bedminster, New Jersey
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

The Franconia Notch State Park cycling/ski trail keeps our whole family happy on the trails. We park at the Flume in Franconia Notch. Cycling in this direction makes for long descents on the return. The bike trail is paved and runs about 7 miles from the Flume to Echo Lake. The trail is full of up and down hills which our kids have been riding since they were around 7. We usually picnic at Echo Lake, grab ice cream at the Old Man gift shop, then bike the 7 miles back. The Echo Lake beach has grills, canoe and paddle boat rentals, and a small RV campground. We sit at Echo Beach and watch for bears on the ski trails of Cannon Mountain. Black bears are a common sight on the ski slopes in summer. The bike trail has many interesting stops along the way including: the Basin, Old Man in the Mountain visitor center, Cannon Mtn. gondola/ski museum (Bode's medals are here) and Echo Lake. We think this is the best way to see Franconia Notch.

10  Thank DianeBelback
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Reviewed 9 September 2010

Franconia Notch State Park is a scenic area of the White Mountains that offers much for visitors. Two attraction are especially noteworthy, the Flume Gorge and the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway. Take the Flume Gorge walking trail to reach the magnificent waterfalls of the Flume Gorge. Along the way you walk by large glacial boulders and trees which seem to grow straight out of rocks! This is a healthy walk, with some uphill areas and steps. The Cannon Mountain tramway is a few minutes drive north of the gorge. There you can ride up a tram to the top of the mountain for spectacular views. We had originally planned to do Mt. Washington but after seeing Cannon Mountain we decided not to- from the top of Cannon Mt is an amazing view into Franconia Notch and you have great views of the surrounding mountains. There is a short trail loop on top of the mountain that offers amazing vistas. I highly recommend both the Flume Gorge and the Aerial Tramway- buy the combo ticket and see both.

12  Thank rocknroll52
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Reviewed 7 November 2009

The shared, clean, 6 bunk cabins encouraged you to make new friends. So did the family style ham diner. Our hosts entertained us (dressed in drag) with songs and ghost stories. Our son,was one of several kids who earned their junior naturalist badge during a pancake breakfast ceremony while hopping on one foot. The hike from Lafayette Campground was alittle over an hour, easy enough for kids. We only saw hoofprints of the visiting moose. We stayed in August. The view of a meteor shower, against the backdrop of the Milky Way awe inspiring. A morning dip in Lonesome Lake while enjoying a view of the Presidentials was refreshing and fun! What a wonderful MEMORY I have now.

2  Thank Wensky
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Reviewed 20 September 2009

For our day trip to Franconia Notch from Bethlehem, we decided to visit Flume Gorge and do the two and a bit hour round trip from Lafayette campground up to and around Lonesome Lake. It is a great walk, mainly though the forest until you reach the lake, which is good on a warm day since it keeps the sun off. The trail is well marked and although steep and rocky in places, does not require any scrambling. The trail around the lake is very easy to navigate. There are some great spots once you get there for lunch and the lake and surrounding forest are visually stunning. The state park facilities seem pretty well looked after and is a highly recommended stop on any visit to the White Mountains.

5  Thank SW19Traveller
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Reviewed 27 August 2009

A relatively easy hike of a bout 1.5 miles to a lovely setting. The Hut "croo" is terrific and "Frederick" the bull moose has been making regular visits. The nature program for kids is outstanding.

2  Thank edjrowland
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