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May 5, 2016 12:57 PM

Ice officially knocked out, Flume Gorge fully opens earlier than past 2 years

FRANCONIA — The Flume Gorge is open for the season, two weeks earlier than both the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

This could be due to the mild winter and faster spring melt, but the last bit of ice was knocked off after a worker rappelled to a ledge on Wednesday morning, according to the Union Leader.

The boardwalk at the Flume Gorge was cleared to open for the season on Friday.

The Flume Gorge is a granite formation at the base of Mount Liberty at Franconia Notch State Park. The gorge includes a visitor center and a trail system and operates about six months per year and attracts close to 160,000 paid visitors and about 300,000 people stop by the visitor center.

Another of the park's signatures, the Cannon Mountain Aerial tramway, will open on May 20, according to the paper.

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