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Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway & Ski Area
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Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway & Ski Area

The first passenger aerial tramway in North America began operation on this site in 1938. Almost 7 million passengers were carried to the top by the first tram. Tram II was completed in 1980, and today, you can take a scenic 5-minute ride in one of two enclosed cable cars to the 4,180-foot summit of Cannon Mountain and enjoy panoramic views of the distant valleys and mountains. Each tram car has a capacity of 80 persons and ascends 2,022 feet vertically over a horizontal distance of more than one mile. Walking trails to a summit observation platform leave from the tram station. A gift shop and cafeteria are located in the tram base station. Cannon Mountain Ski Area, a favorite among skiers, has 26 miles of trails and slopes for both the beginner and experienced. Cannon is the home of the New England Ski Museum, which is located near the base of the tramway. It is open daily from 10:00-4:00, and is on the same seasonal schedule as the tramway.

Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway
Open May 20, 2016 – October 16, 2016
Open daily, weather permitting from:
May 20 – June 17: 9am – 5pm
June 18 – October 16: 8:30am-5:30pm

Flume Gorge and Visitor Center
Open daily rain or shine from May 6, 2016 through October 23, 2016:
May 6 – June 17: 8:30am – 5pm  (last ticket sold & last bus ride of the day is at 5pm)
June 18 – September 4 : 8:30am – 5:30pm (last ticket sold & last bus ride of the day is at 5:30pm)
September 5 – October 23: 8:30am – 5pm (last ticket sold & last bus ride of the day is at 5pm)

The Flume is actually spectacular after and during rainfall!

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Echo Lake Beach & Boats
At Echo Lake Beach, visitors can enjoy the beauty of a 39-acre lake with an excellent view. The slopes of Cannon Mountain ski area drop right to the edge of the lake, and the view highlights where the Franconia Range and Kinsman Range meet, creating the notch

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Bald Mountain and Artists Bluff
Reached by a short hike, offer some of the best views of Cannon Mountain and Franconia Notch for the effort. The 1.5 mile loop begins in the parking area across Route 18 from the Peabody Base Area. After .25 mile, a short, steep path diverges left for .1 mile to the open summit of Bald Mountain.

The main trail continues on from the junction and bears right, up and across the low ridge. A short, unmarked path diverges left to the open top of Artists Bluff. The main trail continues down to Route 18 near Echo Lake.

Lafayette Place Campground
The camping and hiking hub of the Notch is centrally located in the Park at Lafayette Place Campground. It provides a great base from which to enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, and many attractions in the White Mountains. Information about hiking trails, safety, and the natural and cultural history of the park is available at the cabin near the campground entrance.

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The Basin
At the base of the beautiful waterfall at this site is a granite pothole 20 feet in diameter. It is believed to have been eroded 15,000 years ago while the North American ice sheet was melting. The Basin has been smoothed by small stones and sand, whirled around by the Pemigewasset River.

Below the Basin is a water-eroded rock formation called the Old Man’s Foot.

The Basin can be accessed from the northbound and southbound directions and has its own marked exits. There are picnic tables and walking paths, as well as hiking trails.


PETS: Pets are only permitted in Franconia Notch State Park in the designated dog walks in the Flume & Tramway parking lots. Pets are prohibited from Echo Lake Beach, Lafayette Campground, on the Tram and in the Flume Gorge.