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Your Guide to Franconia Notch State Park in 2023

Franconia Notch State Park, older couple hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

Franconia Notch State Park is one of those bucket-list places in the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire. With striking natural wonders, beautiful scenic outlooks, and historical sites worth the hike—you’ll be catching your breath at each corner and bend in the trail wearing through majestic hardwood forests, by clear alpine lakes, and babbling streams, some with pretty waterfalls.

Spanning an 8-mile portion of Interstate 93 with Flume Gorge in the south and Echo Lake in the north, Franconia Notch State Park is easily accessible. It’s close to an hour’s drive from our bed and breakfast in New Hampshire—but the route is incredibly scenic and just a straight shot up the interstate. There are so many things to do at this world-class park, including beaches, boat rentals, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking in the warmer months, and plenty of winter activities. Franconia Notch State Park is an all-season destination in the Lakes Region!

If exploring Franconia Notch State Park is in your upcoming vacation plans, let our Bed and Breakfast in New Hampshire be your perfect lakeside retreat. Located just on the shores of Lake Winnisquam, you’ll relax and unwind in our beautifully appointed guest rooms and enjoy our modern amenities. As a Select Registry Member, you’ll also have the guarantee that our level of hospitality and attention to detail will stand out during your stay. It’s never too soon to start planning those summertime getaways to New Hampshire; book your room today!

Franconia Notch State Park, beautiful vista of Echo Lake in the White Mountains

The Best Things to do in Franconia Notch State Park

By far, the most popular activity at Franconia Notch State Park is hiking. With 34 official trails, ranging from quick two-mile loops to longer and more intense 16-mile day hikes, there’s an adventure for just about every skill level here, including some trails that are fully accessible to all abilities. You’ll find stunning mountain views, unique rock formations, and waterfalls along the way. Don’t forget to bring your camera; there will be plenty of Instagram-worthy photos!

Here are the best things to do at Franconia Notch State Park:

  1. The Flume Gorge in Franconia Notch State Park is a natural wonder! The gorge consists of mossy, fern-covered 70 to 90-foot granite walls. These impressive stone openings offer wide walkways to explore. There’s a two-mile loop where you’ll catch views of cascading waterfalls, glacial pools, large boulders, and wildlife.
  2. The Artist Bluff Trail is one of the most popular hiking trails at the park. This is where you catch the breathtaking overhead views of the bright blue waters of Echo Lake (pictured above.) Note: this hike is even more beautiful in autumn as the leaves change from lush greens to colorful golden hues.
  3. The Falling Waters Trail is also a favorite hike at Franconia Notch State Park. This nearly nine-mile trail meanders past beautiful waterfalls and climbs to the top of Mount Lincoln and Mount Lafayette. It’s a challenging but gratifying adventure!
  4. One of the absolute best ways to take in the forest from on high is on the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway. This large tram heads up to the summit of Cannon Mountain. On a clear day at the top, you can see all the way across New Hampshire to Maine, Vermont, New York, and even Canada! This is a perfect activity year-round, though it’s full of skiers come winter.
  5. At the base of the tramway is the New England Ski Museum, which offers extensive exhibits on the history of alpine skiing in New England and America
  6. A quiet summer day is best spent at Echo Lake Beach, where canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats are available for rent. The lake is located at the base of Cannon Mountain, and it’s the perfect place to wrap up after hiking in the park. You’ll enjoy a well-earned dip in the cool water!
  7. If you’re a fan of fly fishing, Profile Lake is an ideal spot for you. The lake, located beneath the rock formation that collapsed in 2003, also known as the Old Man of the Mountain, is designated as a fly-fishing-only area.
  8. If you love exploring on two wheels, the Franconia Notch Parkway is a great bike path that traverses the length of Franconia Notch and provides access to all park facilities and natural wonders. You’ll find bike rentals from Sport Thoma in Lincoln, NH, and a shuttle service to Franconia Notch is also available.

Franconia Notch State Park, photo of the Lake House at Ferry Point Inn on the lake

The Best Bed and Breakfast in New Hampshire

As you can see, there’s no shortage of great hikes and activities to choose from at Franconia Notch State Park. It’s an outdoor lover’s paradise and is always at the top of our recommendations list for those staying at our New Hampshire Bed and Breakfast. Most importantly, you will be ready to relax after a long day navigating the trails and summiting mountains! Rest your weary muscles, put your feet up, and let the calm and serene atmosphere wash over you.

With the beautiful waters of Lake Winnisquam just out your window, you’ll relish the quiet sounds of nature during your stay. Our guest rooms are set up with your ultimate comfort in mind. Choice bed and breakfast rooms feature spacious seating areas and two-person jacuzzi tubs, while all rooms offer cozy and comfortable beds with fine linens, air conditioning, wi-fi, and other modern touches. We even have the option of the Lake Solitude Suite, which sleeps up to five people, perfect for a girl’s retreat or group travel.

Join us for a bountiful breakfast each morning of your stay, best enjoyed in the beautiful living room. We offer an impressive assortment of delicious menus, alternating savory and sweet daily, all from tried and true recipes made with care. Afterward, feel free to take your coffee and enjoy the lake views from the magnificent front porch, gazebo, or gardens. Book your stay at our Bed and Breakfast in New Hampshire today!

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