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New Hampshire's Other Stone Faces

The Old Man


Painting by Edward Hill


With the loss of the Old Man of the Mountain New Hampshire lost a tangible symbol but the memory of that remarkable rock formation will live on into the future.

But Old Man was not the only rock formation in New Hampshire that you can see. Here are a few others:

The Old Man of the Dam

In the town of Warren NH on the Moosilaukee Scenic Highway just north of town. You will come upon a flood control dam constructed during the days of the WPA and Civilian Conservation Corps. Just across the road from the Dam and pond is a small rock outcropping with a sign made locally by the residents of the area.

Mt Liberty
Settlers in the early 1800's named Mt. Liberty because they believed it looked like the Father of our Country, George Washington "lying in state".
Mount Liberty is in Franconia State Park. [Map]


Mt Liberty


Image by Wayne King


The Old Man of the Valley
The Old Man of the Valley is on NH Route 2 near the Maine Border. It is east of Gorham and Shelburne, NH. Look for a sign on the south side of the road. The Old Man of the Valley is just a couple of hundred yards into the woods from the road where you park. [Map]

The Old Lady of the Mountain
Franconia Notch State Park
The Old Lady of the Mountain sometimes also called the Watcher can be viewed from a small clearing at the south end of Profile Lake, look toward Eagle Crag, a shoulder of Mt. Lafayette. On the right side of the highest part of the crag is the profile of the Old Lady, or the Watcher, as she is called. She is facing east and has her head bent as if watching for strangers or perhaps visitors. [Map]

Dewey Rock
Find this profile, named for the U.S. Admiral, George Dewey, who visited here in the early 1800s, because of its resemblence to that man. It is found on Artist Bluff and can be best seen from the road on Route 18 near Echo Lake in Franconia. [Map]

The Sleeping Astronomer
This profile can be found on Route 302 near the I-93 overpass in Littleton. It can be seen from I-93 near Exit 41, but stopping here is not advised. For a closer view, take Exit 41 to Littleton and thence right onto Route 302 east, just past the Eastgate Motel. Continue 0.5 mile to the Elks Club, on the right. Here a sign points uphill to a clearing between two powerlines. From atop a small hill, this face looks upward from a reclining position as though gazing at the sky.[Map]

Martha Washington Stonehead
From a bridge crossing the Ammonoosuc River above the Upper Falls, look downstream to the right to find this stonehead. The falls are located off Route 302 on the Base Station Road in Bretton Woods. [Map]
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The Elephant's Head
Crawford Notch State Park
This profile clearly resembles the head and trunk of an elephant emerging from the forest. It can best seen from the Crawford Depot by looking South past Saco Lake. There is a hike that can be taken to the top of the Elephant's Head following the Webster-Jackson Trail, which is found on the east side of Route 302 0.1 mile south of Crawford Depot. The trail runs through a clearing and enters the woods thence right onto a side path for an easy .25 mile round trip hike to the top.[Map]

The Sphinx
Seeing this rock formation requires a very taxing hike into the Presidential Range. It is found along the Sphinx Trail, a one-mile trail that connects the Great Gulf Trail to the Gulfside Trail between Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Clay. According to the AMC guidebook, it can best be seen just below Jefferson Meadow before it reaches the Gulfside Trail. An AMC Trailguide is recommended for this hike.


The Indian Head
According to Legend this mountain top profile is the profile of Pemigewasset. It can be view from I93 North of Lincoln just before entering the Franconia Notch State Park. However the best viewing is from the Resort that bears the same name along Rte 3 in Lincoln. [Map]

The Giant Stairs
Probably one of the best examples of a post-glacial geological formation known as a "Roche Moutinee" in the White Mountains, Stairs Mountain is found along the Montalban Ridge on the Davis Path trail. The Davis Path starts along Rte 302 in the region of Hart's Location known as Notchland, 2.1 miles north Of the Sawyer River Road. The round trip hike is nine miles so it should only be undertaken as a day hike by more experienced hikers with plenty of time. An AMC Trailguide is recommended for this hike.

George Washington Boulder
Near the Christmas Farm Inn on Route 16B in Jackson, this profile on Thorn Mountain can be seen facing Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range. Though named for George Washington, some find he more closely resembles Alfred Hitchcock. [Map]

The Imp
First named by White Mountain legend Dolly Copp, this profile is actually a summit (Imp Mountain) along the Carter Range. Dolly Copp claimed that it looked like an imps profile. The Imp is best viewed from the Dolly Copp Road off Route 16 in Pinkham Notch. [Map]

The Imp




An early reference to this profile was by Samuel Adams Drake in his 1882 work “The Heart of The White Mountains.” Drake characterized the expression on The Imp as “almost diabolical.”

Then the 1887 Ticknor guidebook stated “The Imp is a grotesque colossal sphinx which appears on one of the peaks of the Carter Range, the profile being formed by the upper crags of Mt. Imp, and having a weird resemblance to a distorted human face. This appearance is best observed at late afternoon, and from Copp’s farm, on the old road to Randolph.”



The Duck's Head
This profile can be found on a spur of Iron Mountain west of Jackson, New Hampshire, near the Iron Mountain House. An easterly ridge descends almost to Route 16, ending in this cliff called Duck's Head.






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