Commonly called the Recreation Path, the 8. The paved path roughly follows I through the pass. Heading south from the Skookumchuck trailhead, the spectacular views of peaks and forests will remind you that the Notch is indeed a mountain pass between the Kinsman and Franconia Ranges. The elevation changes are also a reminder, as the trail gains about feet to the foot of Cannon Mountain, then drops feet to the terminus at Mt.
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Commonly called the Recreation Path, the 8. The paved path roughly follows I through the pass. Heading south from the Skookumchuck trailhead, the spectacular views of peaks and forests will remind you that the Notch is indeed a mountain pass between the Kinsman and Franconia Ranges.
The elevation changes are also a reminder, as the trail gains about feet to the foot of Cannon Mountain, then drops feet to the terminus at Mt. Pemigewasset trailhead. As satisfying as it will be to descend the hills you crest, observe the mile-per-hour speed limit on the trail. The main attractions are marked with walking-only signs for trail users, and they are wheelchair accessible.
The route is often shaded as you reach these locations, thanks to the steep mountainsides and trees lining the path. Bring your camera because, in addition to the major sites along the route, you soon will be treated to dazzling vistas at the Sunset Bridge. The trail follows the lake 0. Although it detached from the cliff face back in , the park has provided informative signage and a viewing platform that re-creates the appearance of the stone face on the cliff for visitors.
The trail heads mostly downhill for the next 3. The final 2 miles take you to the cascading waters and granite walls of the iconic Flume Gorge and Visitor Center before delivering you to the end of the path at the Mt.
Pemigewasset trailhead and parking lot. Bike rentals and shuttles are available at the Tramway. To reach the Mt. The trail starts at the north end. The views were beautiful. We stopped at scenic spots and found picnic tables for lunch and a card game. Beautiful and well maintained. We enjoyed the climb up from the Flume to the Basin and then on to the Lafayette Campground. We could not find the bike path out of the Lafayette parking lot. Either the sign was missing or someone must have parked in front of it.
So we only got halfway to Echo Lake. An enjoyable ride back down picking up a lot of speed. A nice enough trail, but you could really ride on any trail through the woods and have a better ride, The trail parallels rte 93 so the traffic noise is ubiquitous. Not the riding experience I anticipated, the ride up is a gentle grade, the ride down coasting most of the way, and riding up you don't get any of the spectacular views until you pass the Lafayette camping area, though there are lots of places to stop along the river.
This is a well used trail, some might say crowded, but still a good afternoon's ride. Next time, I will just drive to Franconia and ride around on the roads there where I can see the scenery. I never did but after reading about this trail I will make sure that I ride it on my next trip to N. We have done this in summer and in fall, at peak foliage, and it is spectacular.
We like to head north from The Flume parking area, so that the somewhat, but not steep uphill grade has the reward of the downhill stretches on the way back. It is paved, with some pedestrian traffic close to the scenic stops. We like to picnic at the Lafayette campground, where there is a picnic table near the trail and next to a small brook.
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Submit Review. Starting at Flume Gorge visitor center means steady climbing but an awesome return! The bridge overlooks an overpass of I93, and a stretch of the White Mountains National Forest in the direction of the town of Franconia.
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Best trails in Franconia Notch State Park
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Franconia Ridge Loop
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 winds between the high peaks of the Kinsman and Franconia mountain ranges. 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. Beautiful Echo Lake, at an elevation of 1, feet, offers views of Mt. Lafayette and Cannon Mountain.