Top Adventures in Franconia

  • Photograph Lupines in Sugar Hill

    Every year, more or less around the second week of June, the village of Sugar Hill boasts a magnificent show of lupines. There are several concentrations of lupines in fields along the road, but the highlight of a visit to Sugar Hill is the small ...

  • Hike Artists Bluff

    Starting from the Bald Mountain trailhead, the Artists Bluff trail takes you up a short but steep 1.5 mile path to a beautiful rocky overlook of Franconia Notch State Park. This is the perfect hike to find incredible views of the park and some ama...

    1.5 miles

  • Hike to the Summit of Cannon Mountain via Kinsman Ridge trail

    Driving north on I-93 in New Hampshire, Cannon Mountain can be seen on the left just a few miles after exit 32. It is a massive cliff that towers over the highway, thousands-of-feet tall. Parking for the trail head is left off of exit 34B. If you ...

    4 miles 3000 ft gain

  • Backpack the Pemi Loop

    This round trip loop is the combination of many trails within the Pemigewasset Wilderness. We chose to this hike up into a 3 day backpacking trip although we came across some particularly adventurous folks who were doing it in 2 and even 1 day. We...

    32 miles 9000 ft gain

  • Camp at Lafayette Campground, White Mountains

    The White Mountains offer some of the most prime foliage sightseeing (aka 'leaf peeping') in New England. Tourists flock to the Franconia Notch State Park area and surrounding parts of the White Mountains every October, but camping is generally le...

    8.3 miles

  • Winter Hike North Kinsman

     Park at Lafayette Place right off of I-93. It is one of the most accessible trail heads to hit a “4,000 footer” in the White Mountains and has plenty parking. Signage is visible and easy to follow as you begin at 1,800 feet and walk through a woo...

    8 miles 2500 ft gain

  • Hike Lonesome Lake

    The Franconia Notch area of New Hampshire has many roadside adventures to go on, bringing in thousands of visitors every year, but my favorite place in the notch is Lonesome Lake.At 1.6 miles, the hike is easy enough for the whole family, but most...

    3.2 miles

  • Hike the Franconia Ridge Loop

    Starting from the parking lot, the two trails initially begin together. Less than a mile in the trails split into Old Bridle Path to the left, and Falling Waters Trail to the right. Most people choose to go up and down on the same trail. To those ...

    8.9 miles 3600 ft gain

  • Backpack the Franconia Ridge Loop

    This is a multi-day backpacking loop in Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire (located in the the White Mountains).Leave the car at the Lafayette Place Campground, (about 1700' elevation), then head up 1.4mi to Lonesome Lake. If you start hiki...

    14.5 miles 3000 ft gain

  • Snowshoe to Lonesome Lake

    The best place to park when doing this hike in the winter is at the Lafayette Campground. The campground and parking lot are typically empty in the cold winter months, aside from occasional cross-country skiers on the Pemigewasset bike path. The L...

    3.1 miles 1013 ft gain

  • Winter Hike up Mount Lafayette

    To start this hike, you can park right at the trailhead in a parking lot off of 93. This is a hike up a mountain so the entire hike is pretty challenging. There is a total elevation gain of 3900 feet in about 4.5 miles. A couple miles in you break...

    9 miles 3900 ft gain

  • Hike Falling Waters Trail

    Falling Waters Trail takes you up to the summit of Little Haystack Mountain, and Mount Lincoln and Mount Lafayette if you continue to the Franconia Ridge Trail / Appalachian Trail, then over to Old Bridle Path.Also along Falling Waters Trail are s...

    3 miles 1100 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Lisbon, New Hampshire

      Littleton / Franconia Notch KOA

    • Carroll, New Hampshire

      Twin Mountain / Mt. Washington KOA

    • , New Hampshire

      Sugarloaf 1 Campground

      Overview Sugarloaf 1 is a quiet, remote getaway in the northwoods of New Hampshire. Located near the western base of Mount Washington and 3 miles east of the small town of Twin Mountain, the campgr...

    • Jefferson, New Hampshire

      Sugarloaf 2 Campground

      Overview Sugarloaf 2 is a scenic, remote campground in the northwoods of New Hampshire. Located near the western base of Mount Washington and 3 miles east of the small town Twin Mountain, the campg...

    • Lincoln, New Hampshire

      Big Rock

      Overview Big Rock Campground has 28 individual wooded sites, each with a picnic table, tent pad and turnout for parking. Eight sites share a common parking area, while most other sites have suitabl...

    • Woodstock, New Hampshire

      Russell Pond Campground

      Overview Off the beaten path, Russell Pond Campground is nestled into the hillside overlooking Russell Pond, a popular boating and fishing site (due in part to regular fish stocking by the State Fi...

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