Hiking

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There are miles and miles of hiking trails within Franconia Notch State Park and the surrounding White Mountain National Forest, including a portion of the Appalachian Trail. Click the map to download and print a copy of the Franconia Notch State Park Hiking Map. Please see special hiker parking information below...


Click here for hiking trail distances and approximate hike times.

 

1-way tickets are available on the Aerial Tramway for hikers just wanting to go in one direction either up or down Cannon Mountain. Tickets available at the Tramway ticket booth and at the Cafe 4,080' at the summit. See pricing & schedule here.

Please Note: Hiking is NOT PERMITTED on Cannon Mountain ski trails in summer or winter. Hiking on Cannon is only permitted on marked hiking trails indicated on the map below.

 

TRAIL CLOSURES

  • The Cannon-Mittersill hiking trail is closed due to washouts and damage on the trail

 

HIKER PARKING INFORMATION

Parking can be challenging. We want you to be safe in our state. So please remember the following:

 

There is limited hiker parking within Franconia Notch. Most parking is specifically for visitors to the attractions in the park, so plan to arrive early;

  • Liberty Springs (Rte 3, North of Flume): 50 spots. This is a primary hiker parking lot with access to Cascade Brook, Liberty Springs, Pemi Trail and Flume Slide Trail. 

  • The Basin (I93-N): 48 spots. This lot is for visitors to the Basin (parking for hikers may be limited in the future). It provides access to the Basin Cascade Trail, Cascade Brook and Pemi Trail. 

  • Old Bridal Path (I93-N): 133 spots. This a primary hiker parking lot provides access to Lonesome Lake, Pemi Trail, Old Bridal Path, Falling Waters, and Hi Cannon to Kinsman.

  • Peabody Slope (I93 Exit 34C) 400+ spots. This is a gravel lot on right side of Rte 18 at ski area entrance beyond Echo Beach. It is a primary hiker parking lot with access to Bald Mountain and Artists Bluff.

  • Cannon Aerial Tramway (I93-S): 80+ spots. Hiker parking is limited to the gravel lot to left of paved lots by the old ski jumps. This lot provides access to Kinsman Ridge, Greenleaf and Pemi Trail. 

  • Old Man Museum (Upper Lot off of I93-S) 53 spots. This lot provides parking for Old Man Museum and Historic Site (hiker parking may be limited in the future). It provides access to Kinsman Ridge, Greenleaf and Pemi Trail. 

  • Lafayette Place (I93-S): 22 spots. This lot has limited hiker parking outside the campground. Parking inside the campground is permitted for campers only. The lot provides access to Lonesome Lake, Pemi Trail, Old Bridal Path, Falling Waters and Hi Cannon to Kinsman. 

  • Lonesome Lake (I93-S, Lafayette Place Exit): 41 spots. This is a primary hiker parking lot for Lonesome Lake Trail. 

  • The Basin (I93-S): 52 spots. This lot is for visitors to the Basin (parking for hikers may be limited in the future). It provides access to the Basin Cascade Trail to Cascade Brook and Pemi Trail.

All information is subject to change.

 

The main parking areas at our four primary venues are reserved for paying guests at those venues;
  • Flume Gorge / Lafayette Place CG / Aerial Tramway / Echo Lake Beach

Stay tuned, as alternative hiker parking plans are under discussion!