Echo Lake State Park is famous for its small turquoise lake and two sheer cliffs, White Horse Ledge and Cathedral Ledge, that tower several hundred feet over it. The beach is a popular spot for families with young children because of its sandy swimming area and shallow water depths. There is also a mile-long hiking trail around the lake. Both ledges are popular with rock and ice climbers and are home to peregrine falcons. There are hiking trails to the top of both ledges and a a paved road to the top of Cathedral Ledge that allows even non-hikers to take-in its stunning view of the Mount Washington Valley. North Conway icons, these cliffs were purchased by private citizens and deeded to the state in the early 1900s. The Society for the Protection of NH Forests helped save Echo Lake from development in 1943 by working with the state to purchase the land around it.
Directions to Next Site:
Another of this region’s iconic views is the next stop on our journey. Leave Echo Lake Road and take a left onto West Side Road. After .4 miles, take a right at the intersection onto River Road. Travel 1 mile to the traffic light in North Conway, then take a left to head north/west on Route 16/302. The Intervale Scenic Vista and Visitor Center is on the left after 1.7 miles.