Franconia Notch State Park

Franconia, New Hampshire

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This ride's general location is Franconia Notch, between Franconia and North Woodstock. Scenery includes The Old Man of the Mountain and other New Hampshire landmarks. This is a good family ride, bring binoculars. Here in the Franconia Notch, the Immovable Object met the Irresistible Force. The result was a draw. The Object? New Hampshire's beloved Old Man of the Mountain, the "great stone face" that adorns postcards, highway signs, collector plates, and airbrushed Harley-Davidson tanks throughout the state. The Old Man is just one of several natural wonders in this notch; nearby are the Flume, the Basin, Echo Lake, and other scenic delights. The Force? America's interstate highway system. After much arguing, Franconia Notch Parkway, which carries I-93 through this hallowed ground, has only 2 lanes, a 45-mph speed limit, and a paved, 9-mile bike path that provides easy access to Franconia's attractions.
Mountain Bike! New Hampshire

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Mountain Bike! New Hampshire

by Jeff Faust (Menasha Ridge Press)

This ride's general location is Franconia Notch, between Franconia and North Woodstock. Scenery includes The Old Man of the Mountain and other New Hampshire landmarks. This is a good family ride, bring binoculars. Here in the Franconia Notch, the Immovable Object met the Irresistible Force. The result was a draw. The Object? New Hampshire's beloved Old Man of the Mountain, the "great stone face" that adorns postcards, highway signs, collector plates, and airbrushed Harley-Davidson tanks throughout the state. The Old Man is just one of several natural wonders in this notch; nearby are the Flume, the Basin, Echo Lake, and other scenic delights. The Force? America's interstate highway system. After much arguing, Franconia Notch Parkway, which carries I-93 through this hallowed ground, has only 2 lanes, a 45-mph speed limit, and a paved, 9-mile bike path that provides easy access to Franconia's attractions.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Franconia
Length: 9
Elevation Gain: 750 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Season: Spring through fall
Local Contacts: Franconia Notch State Park 603-823-5563
Local Maps: Free trail map is available at the Flume Visitor Center (southern trailhead), Appalachian Mountain Club has a color hiking map with contours.
Topo Map: Franconia Notch State Park Topographic Map
Guide Book: Mountain Bike! New Hampshire Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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