Artists Bluff

(10 reviewss)


Artists Bluff in Franconia Notch State Park is perhaps the most famous photo spots in all of New Hampshire. The bluff is a beautiful rocky overlook that features sweeping views of Franconia Notch including Echo Lake, Cannon Mountain, and many other peaks. The overlook can hold dozens of people and it is most popular in the fall when the vibrant foliage is thriving. There truly is nothing like hiking Artists Bluff in the fall, but it is truly beautiful during all seasons.

Artists Bluff is extremely popular due to its beautiful view and also its easy access. The loop trail that includes Artists Bluff is only 1.5 miles and it is rated as moderate. Although steep in some areas, it can definitely be completed by kids and dogs. In total, the hike to the overlook only takes 1-1.5 hours, depending on how much time you spend at the viewpoint.

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  • Type: Viewpoint
  • Elevation: 2,320 ft
  • Prominence: 280 ft
  • Parent mountain: Bald Mountain

Hiking Info

  • Easiest trail: Artists Bluff Trail
  • Trail distance: 1.5 mile (loop)
  • Trail difficulty: Moderate
  • Trail popularity: High
  • Elevation gain: 436 ft
  • Estimated hike time: 1-1.5 hours

Artists Bluff Location

  • Address: Profile Road
  • Town: Franconia
  • State: New Hampshire
  • GPS: Lat 44.18058 Lng -71.69520
  • Parking Notes: The Echo Lake parking lot is closest to the trailhead. It can hold about 150 cars and it does fill up fast in the summer and fall.
  • Parking Directions: HERE
  • Location Directions: HERE

10 reviews for Artists Bluff

  1. Paul

    Such a beautiful spot! An easy hike with an amazing view!! 😍🏔

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  2. Caroline

    Hands down my favorite spot to visit in the fall while the leaves are changing! 10 out of 10! I took this photo using a drone.

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  3. Azy

    Heaven ❤️

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  4. Jamie Chisholm

    Artists Bluff in Franconia Notch State Park

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  5. Tom Riley (store manager)

    Happy Fall! Excited to chase some foliage up north! This photo is from Artists Bluff in Franconia Notch State Park in New Hampshire!

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  6. White Mountain Photos

    Artists Bluff view to the east! Such a great spot in the White Mountains of New Hampshire!

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  7. Francine Poirier

    Artist Bluff, Franconia Notch State Park

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  8. Chandler Anderson

    Artists Bluff with the fall foliage

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  9. Nilay Kant Singh

    Artist bluff

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  10. Anuja Jayasekara

    Artists bluff, NH

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