A Guide to Franconia Notch State Park
While there are many things to do at Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire offers many other activities that are equally as enjoyable. Located in the middle of White Mountain National Forest, Franconia Notch State Park is a unique parkway which extends to Flume Gorge at the south end of Echo Lake. Thankfully, this natural beauty is less than an hour away from The Naswa Resort. Whether you’re taking a spring, summer, fall, or winter vacation, planning a day trip to Franconia Notch State Park is always a great idea!
The Flume Gorge is a staple of Franconia Notch State Park. It was founded in 1808 when “Aunt” Jess accidentally came across it while fishing. Time after time, she tried to convince her family to see her discovery. And boy they were glad they agreed to see for themselves. This natural gorge stands 800 feet tall at the base of Mount Liberty. Whether you’re planning on hiking through the gorge or walking the two-mile loop, you’ll begin at the Flume Visitor’s Center. Prepare to walk up steep hills and climb many sets of stairs. The gorge’s boardwalk lets guests get an up-close look at the park’s flowers, ferns, and moss. Be sure to print out the Flume Gorge Scavenger Hunt before visiting!
For a more relaxing day at the state park, enjoy basking in the sun at Echo Lake. The 39-acre lake offers excellent views of the point where the Franconia Range and Kinsman Range meet (the spot known as “the notch.”) The lake is home to the new Lakeside General Store which offers $20 boat rentals such as canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats. The store also carries snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, sand toys, blow-up flotation devices, firewood, and more.
Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway
The Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway is the first-ever passenger tramway to operate in North America. In 1938, roughly seven million passengers traveled to the top of the mountain by tram. The scenic ride to the top of the mountain lasts about eight minutes. Each tram car can carry 80 passengers up 2,180 feet. On a clear day, guests can catch views of the mountains in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Canada, and New York. During winter months, skiers flock to Cannon Mountain for its 97 trails and slopes ranging in difficulties.
Profile Lake sits at the bottom of Cannon Mountain and is the starting point for Pemigewasset River. Similarly to Echo Lake, Profile Lake offers many activities for visitors to try. One of Profile Lake’s most popular activities is fly-fishing because the lake is loaded with trout. The 13-acre lake was built to be a fly-fishing only lake. Every which way you look, the views are amazing! So even if you don’t have a great day fishing, the pictures make your time worth it. Wanna know a secret? The area’s first fly-fishing shop just opened in the area. One up your friends’ fly-fishing skills and purchase some new gear from Mountain High Fly to catch a lunker.
After your long day exploring Franconia Notch State Park, head back to Naswa Resort and grab a quick bite to eat at the NazBar & Grill. You’ll love the view of Lake Winnipesaukee’s longest sandy beach while enjoying an ice-cold beer. To learn more about booking your Lake Winnipesaukee vacation today, visit our website, or talk to our friendly staff at 888-556-2792.