Pedaling Along the Pemigewasset

Catching some of the last rays of sunshine before Sandy rolled in, I trekked to well-known Franconia Notch State Park last Saturday. If there’s one park in New Hampshire that’s most convenient to drivers and also has the best variety of year-round outdoor activities, in my opinion, it would have to be here.

Although I’ve seen the high peaks off I-93 many times before, the mystique of this mountain pass always excites me.

On this trip, my plan was to experience the Notch by bicycle. Whether it be riding through narrow urban streets or pedaling up countryside hills, cycling provides a unique thrill that other types of exercise seem to lack. From I-93 North, I took Exit 34A to access the Franconia Notch Recreational Path from the parking lot of the Flume Gorge and Visitor Center.

From there, I was off, pedaling furiously up and down the hills of the paved, roller-coaster like trail while listening to the sounds of the Pemigewasset River below. Orange, brown and red leaves lay neatly to the side of the pavement revealing a clear path to bike on throughout my journey.  From the seat of my road bike, it was a smooth, adrenaline filled ride and great workout. There are several large boulders along the trail (some nestled under shady pine trees) to take water breaks after ascending some of the steeper hills.  In winter, I have had great fun snowmobiling on this trail but I found biking to have a more relaxed pace. It gave me a chance observe my surroundings and experience this State Park to it’s fullest.

There was a diverse crowd of folks walking, biking, and sight-seeing before Sandy arrived to keep us indoors for much of the week.

After passing passing under the highway through a tunnel I came upon The Basin. This was a great spot to lean the bike up against a mossy tree and venture off the path for a while. I stopped, listened and watched the rushing water whirling around over smooth boulders, which the force of the water created during the Ice Age. There were plenty of spots along the Basin Trail to sit and enjoy the river from nearby rocks.

The weather is expected to be cool and sunny this coming weekend so if you’re looking to escape the city or just want a scenic, quiet, crowdless place to exercise…go for a bike ride, run or walk on the Franconia Notch Recreational Trail! It’s 8.8 miles of fabulous scenery, exciting attractions and a workout that will leave you satisfied at then end of the day.



Hi all, nice to meet you, I’m Andrew Keohan a Business and Tourism major up at Plymouth State University. For those of you not familiar with the small college town of Plymouth, it’s nestled beneath the towering wilderness of the White Mountains, a perfect spot to be for outdoor adventure. In my final year at Plymouth, I am excited and looking forward to blogging for the NH State Parks. When I am out on weekend adventures, I will be going to parks and recreation areas I am familiar with and others I don’t have a clue about. My goal is to give my blog readers an experience of what it is actually like to go to these parks and make you want to get up and get outdoors in the beauty of what New Hampshire has to offer. Hopefully, I will blog about places you had no idea existed, if not, well they are still worth going to again! If I can get just a couple of my readers to go out and want to experience the places I have been than I’ve done my job!

One thought to “Pedaling Along the Pemigewasset”

  1. I just found out that NH Parks has a shuttle in the summer and fall (and bike rentals) so that you can start at Cannon Mountain and basically coast downhill to the Flume and they bring you back to your car after. I heard it is a fun ride! It looks pretty inexpensive too

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