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Artist's Bluff Loop

25 locals recommend,

Tips from locals

Stephen
January 19, 2022
This half-mile hike to an open ledge provides a dramatic view of Franconia Notch framed by the ski slopes of Cannon Mountain on the right, Eagle Cliff, Mount Lafayette and the other peaks of The Franconia Ridge on the left and Echo Lake below. As its name suggests, Artists Bluff was a favorite spot among several influential painters in the late 1800s, including Edward Hill, artist- in-residence at the Profile House in Franconia Notch. The scene was a little different back then — the ski trails of Cannon Mountain had yet to be cut, the only buildings were those of the The Profile House, one of the earliest and most distinguished White Mountain resorts, and there was no Franconia Notch Parkway, only a carriage road and later The Profile and Franconia Notch Railroad which entered the Notch from the north to shuttle tourists to and from the resort. The forests of Franconia Notch, however, have not changed dramatically. Eighteenth century art from this vantage point brought the rugged beauty of Franconia Notch to a widespread and influential audience, helping to popularize the region and save its forests from sale to lumber companies in the 1920s. To hike Artists Bluff, take exit 34C off I-93/US 3, a road known throughout the park as The Franconia Notch Parkway. The east trail head provides the most direct access to Artists Bluff and is located across the street from the Echo Lake Beach parking lot (fee may apply to park there in season). The path travels somewhat steeply over rock steps for a half mile to the lookout point. The west trail head is found on the edge of Cannon Mountain’s Peabody Slopes parking lot, just a little north on Rte 18. From either trail head you can complete a hiking loop that includes the summits of Bald Mountain and Artists Bluff, both with excellent views.
This half-mile hike to an open ledge provides a dramatic view of Franconia Notch framed by the ski slopes of Cannon Mountain on the right, Eagle Cliff, Mount Lafayette and the other peaks of The Franconia Ridge on the left and Echo Lake below. As its name suggests, Artists Bluff was a favorite spot…
Cassie
April 30, 2021
Put your hiking shoes on and get ready to climb! This half mile ascent to the top of Artists Bluff is a view you won't want to miss while here. It is only a half mile up, but it is steep and a steady uphill climb. I always say coming back down is harder than going up. Take your time and you'll still be to the top in under 40 minutes! The view overlooks Cannon Mountain, Mount Lafayette, Echo Lake, and Franconia Notch State Park. Pack a picnic for the top!
Put your hiking shoes on and get ready to climb! This half mile ascent to the top of Artists Bluff is a view you won't want to miss while here. It is only a half mile up, but it is steep and a steady uphill climb. I always say coming back down is harder than going up. Take your time and you'll s…
David
August 15, 2018
Another great short hike for the whole family. Located across from the Echo lake parking lot by the interstate overpass. A five minute walk leads to steep rock steps along the Artists Bluff cliff face and ends with a dramatic entry onto the top of the cliff. The view is so impressive it was long ago captured by painters from the Albert Bierstadt/Hudson River Group.
Another great short hike for the whole family. Located across from the Echo lake parking lot by the interstate overpass. A five minute walk leads to steep rock steps along the Artists Bluff cliff face and ends with a dramatic entry onto the top of the cliff. The view is so impressive it was long…
Rebecca
July 12, 2022
So many amazing hikes in the White mountains. Perfect to complete your leaf peeking trip.
Melissa
June 7, 2022
Short, moderate effort hike with fantastic views of Cannon Mountain and panoramic vistas!

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Photo shoot on top of Artist's Bluff in New Hampshire
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Location
2750 Profile Rd
Franconia, NH