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Boise Rock

This great glacial erratic has been a part of the history and folklore of Franconia Notch for generations...

Read on for the story of Boise Rock - or head to Franconia Notch State Park to read the story and see Boise Rock in person! Boise Rock is located on the northbound side of Franconia Notch Parkway (I-93), midway through the Notch, with its own pullover.


Thomas Boise, a noted teamster of this region was sledding through the Notch in mid-winter, soon after the first road was built. Overtaken by a fierce snowstorm, he was unable to continue on. Realizing he must take drastic action to survive, he killed and skinned his horse. Crawling under the overhang of this rock, he wrapped himself in the hide and spent the night.

Men sent out the next day to search for him found Tom still alive but encased in the frozen hide that had to be cut away with axes in order to release him.