Franconia Mountains(frăngkō`nēə), range in the White Mts., N N.H., rising to 5,249 ft (1,600 m) at Mt. Lafayette; part of White Mts. National Forest. Franconia Notch, a scenic, narrow pass (6 mi/10 km long), is west of the range. Echo and Profile lakes, and the Flume, a gorge with granite walls 70 ft (21 m) high along Mt. Liberty, are in the notch. The Old Man of the Mountain, or the Profile, jutting cliffs that formed the "Great Stone Face" that inspired Nathaniel HawthorneHawthorne, Nathaniel,
1804–64, American novelist and short-story writer, b. Salem, Mass., one of the great masters of American fiction. His novels and tales are penetrating explorations of moral and spiritual conflicts.
..... Click the link for more information. 's story, overlooked the pass until 2003, when the formation collapsed. Franconia, N.H., northwest of the notch, is a ski resort.