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Hiker Parking & Shuttle

2024 FRANCONIA NOTCH STATE PARK HIKER SHUTTLE

WHO:
Hikers accessing the wildly popular trailheads adjacent to Lafayette Campground

  • Northbound side… Falling Waters / Old Bridle Path, etc.
  • Southbound side… Lonesome Lake / Dodge Cutoff / Pemi Trail, etc.

WHAT:
The 2024 FNSP Hiker Shuttle is a paid shuttle to offer rides to those who’d otherwise (illegally and unsafely) be parking on Interstate 93 / Franconia Notch Parkway and walking along the highway to access popular hiking routes at Lafayette Place. Highway parking along I-93 / Franconia Notch Parkway is illegal at any time.

The shuttle is $5, round-trip PER RIDER, regardless of age. Have a well-behaved dog with you? They're allowed, but please note it's $5 for their spot in the shuttle too. Problem dogs and their owners will not be allowed on the shuttle. The shuttle is first-come, first-served.

See all available hiker parking in Franconia Notch State Park HERE

WHEN:
Hiker shuttles to Lafayette Place will run Saturdays and Sundays and Holiday Mondays starting May 24 - October 20.

Schedule and hours are subject to change.

  • Shuttle operate 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Last shuttle runs at 8:00pm sharp from southern end, be at pickup spot by 7:45pm at the latest.
  • Hikers are STRONGLY urged not to miss the last northbound shuttle at 8:00 PM
  • Regular midweek activity / parking is self-service and at no charge

WHERE:
Southbound starting point is at “Peabody Paved Lot” at Cannon Mountain (Exit 34-C, it’s the paved lot on the same side of the street as the base lodge. Follow the "Hiker Parking" signs)

  • The only southbound “drop-off point” is at Lafayette Campground… and hikers may access all applicable trailheads there.

Northbound starting point is at Falling Waters / Old Bridle Path trailhead (Across the highway from Lafayette Campground)

  • The only northbound “drop-off point” is the ending point at “Peabody Paved Lot”

HOW:
1. Park at Peabody Lot at Exit 34-C

2. Pay $5 per rider at the ticket windows

3. Save your ticket for return trip and enjoy your hike!

4. Meet shuttle at Falling Waters trailhead for return trip to Peabody Lot

5. Hand driver ticket (or $5 in cash)

NOTES:
FNSP Hiker Shuttle is operated by NH Parks & Recreation / Franconia Notch State Park / Cannon Mountain Ski Area.

Shuttles may not be called directly for service. General Inquiries 603-823-8800 (8 AM – 4 PM) or 603-823-9513 (4 – 8 PM).

Well-mannered dogs will be allowed on the shuttle initially… problem dogs and their owners will not be allowed on the shuttle.