Park Access - April 2020

Flume Gorge Trail Maintenance Closure - April 30, 2020

The Flume Gorge trail/walking paths will be closed for three to four weeks beginning April 30, 2020, so that staff can perform vital trail maintenance. All access to the Flume Gorge area is not permitted during this time. For your safety and the safety of our crew, do not enter or access any trails within the Flume Gorge property until maintenance is complete and we update this information page as well as signage at the Flume Gorge.

COVID-19 Park Information

New Hampshire State Parks COVID-19 Response

Maintaining the safety of our visitors and our staff is a top priority for New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation. Most of our park sites are open recognizing that support facilities are not generally open as we transition from the winter into the spring season. However, many parking lots are open and visitors using those parks are requested to follow all COVID-19 precautions. This includes maintaining social distancing, washing your hands often, limiting groups to less than 10 in accordance with the Governor Sununu’s order and also staying close to home. The future status of parks and the availability of facilities will be determined by whether everyone is following all of the precautions.

Remember...Be Safe, Be Well, Hike Locally and Responsibly

Accessing Franconia Notch State Park - Updated April 20, 2020

- Franconia Notch State Park is open to visitors as of April 10, 2020

- Trail Conditions are still varying winter conditions with an ICY base and you will encounter challenging trail conditions. Conditions will continue to be winter/variable in higher elevations until there is a sustained warming period. Proper traction control/use of spikes, micro-spikes or crampons will likely be required on MOST trails within the Notch.

- Please ONLY access hiking trails if you are properly equipped and prepared - IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. Please see the Hike Safe website for more information.

FLUME GORGE Access

The Flume Gorge trail/walking paths will be closed for three to four weeks beginning April 30, 2020, so that staff can perform vital trail maintenance. All access to the Flume Gorge area is not permitted during this time. For your safety and the safety of our crew, do not enter or access any trails within the Flume Gorge property until maintenance is complete and we update this information page as well as signage at the Flume Gorge.

Lafayette Place Hiker Parking, Campground and Trailhead Closure

- On the southbound side of Franconia Notch Parkway, Lafayette Place hiker parking and access to trailheads is now open.