Lafayette Place Campground

Franconia, New Hampshire 3580

Lafayette Place Campground

Lafayette Place Campground Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Simply by virtue of its location, Lafayette Place Campground is worth including in this guidebook. The fact that it’s a superb campground makes it that much better. Lafayette is nestled in the Franconia Valley. As you drive up the Franconia Notch Parkway toward the campground, your view is framed by Cannon Mountain to the left and Mount Lafayette to the right.

Franconia Notch is a veritable sculpture garden displaying works shaped by the forces of nature. From the glaciers that carved the landscape millions of years ago to the tenacious and incessant wind and water, the lay of the land here is as dramatic as anywhere else in New Hampshire. From the waterfalls of the Flume Gorge and the swirling pools of the Basin to Mount Lafayette and the rest of the Presidential range, you could spend weeks here before retracing your steps."

Lafayette Place Campground Trip Reports

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The Park Ranger, Mike was very kind & helpful.
We camped at site 12... not as much privacy as we had hoped for, however we were lucky enough to have 2 empty sites on either side of ours.
The water pumps were not working with the exception of the Main Building, which was fine. A short trip to flushing toilets & showers was a pleasure.
Climbing Mount Monadnock: There were 2 main trail options: White Dot & White Cross. We decided to try what we thought would be the less popular, Cross. Apparently it's a milder decline...
The trail provided an excellent workout! Unfortunately, this was our first hike of the year, and we were a bit out of shape, so it seemed extremely strenuous in certain areas. There were a lot of large, smooth boulders which served as awesome slides on the return trip... (be forewarned- if you opt for this exciting transportation on your way down- you will destroy whatever clothing you're sliding on)
We took way longer than anticipated... stopping for descenders and energetic hikers on the same journey provided tons of resting time... it was welcomed :)
The view at the very top was so worth every ounce of pain. We had lunch on a cliff side & breathed the freshest air.
Definitely worth the trip!
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Trail Information

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Mid-May–Columbus Day
Lafayette Place Campground
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Hot showers, flush toilets, water

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