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The 1849 Gazetteer of New Hampshire called them - "slips, that were made by an extraordinary discharge of water from the clouds. They commence near the summit of the mountain and proceed to its base, forcing a passage through all obstructions…
You are looking at Eagle Cliff. Rising 1,500 feet above the valley floor this shoulder of Mt. Lafayette is part of the eastern wall of Franconia Notch.
The cliff derives its name from the Golden Eagles that once nested among the crags. Guests of …
The Appalachian Range stretches from the Canadian Border to the edge of the Mississippi, a distance of 3,000 miles. Today, a hiking trail follows the backbone of this range from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mt. Katahdin, Maine: passing through 14…
On the skyline 1800 above you stands cannon Rock. This natural rock formation, consisting of a hugh (sic) table-like stone superimposed on a large boulder, stands guard over Franconia Notch like a cannon protruding from the parapet of an ancient f…
In recognition of over 30 years of service to the citizens and visitors of the State of New Hampshire
Niels F.F. Nielsen, Jr.
The first official caretaker of the Old Man of the Mountain.
This was his labor of love.
Presented by Governor Jeanne…
Called Ferrin's Pond by early settlers and travelers, who often camped by the outlet, this 15-acre mountain lake has also been known as the Old Man's Mirror and the Old Man's Washbowl.
With the building of the Lafayette House in 1835, and the Fir…
When North America was first settled, pioneers built their homes of logs. To aid in falling the timber, they made U or V-shaped cuts at the tree's base. Similar cuts were made in the logs to hold their cabins together. They called these cuts NOTCH…
Old Man of the Mountain
"The Great Stone Face"
48 ft. from forehead to chin
1200 ft. above Profile Lake
3200 ft. above sea level
First seen by white men in 1805
The rock profile you see 1200 feet above this spot had its beginning some 25,000 years ago during the great ice age. As the glacier moved southward the cliff began to take the shape you see today. As the ice age came to a close and the glacier ret…
Geologists speculate that the Old Man of the Mountain, formed by a retreating glacier during the last ice age, looked out over Profile Lake for more than 12,000 years. On May 3, 2003, the delicate balance that had held the "Great Stone Face&q…