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Franconia in Grafton County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Eagle Cliff

 
 
Eagle Cliff Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 2008
1. Eagle Cliff Marker
Inscription. You are looking at Eagle Cliff. Rising 1,500 feet above the valley floor this shoulder of Mt. Lafayette is part of the eastern wall of Franconia Notch. The cliff derives its name from the Golden Eagles that once nested among the crags. Guests of the first Profile House, built in 1853 and located just north of this spot, told of “watching the birds circling around its summits, and looking down, as though with lordly disdain, upon the gazing crowds below, who have invaded their solitude.” One writer had this to say, “No prouder position could be chosen for a habitation by this noble bird.” The last nesting eagles were reported in the 1890ís. By the turn of the century, The Peregrine Falcon was reported nesting on the cliff. Sporadic nesting activity continued into the early 1950ís when a serious decline in peregrine populations took place.

Eagle Cliff again became a nesting site in 1981 when a pair occupied an eyrie and fledged two young falcons. Each year, since then, peregrines have been observed on this cliff, sometimes interacting with the ravens that also nest here.

On occasion, rock climbers may be seen climbing the unique spire known as the Eaglet.
 
Location. 44° 9.933′ N, 71° 40.75′ W. Marker is in Franconia, New

Eagle Cliff image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 2008
2. Eagle Cliff
The Eaglet is visible to the left.
Hampshire, in Grafton County. Marker can be reached from Styles Bridges Highway (U.S. 93). Touch for map. The marker is in the Old Man of the Mountain Historic Site in Franconia Notch State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Franconia NH 03580, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Profile Lake (here, next to this marker); Landslides (here, next to this marker); Why is it called A NOTCH? (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Man of the Mountain (within shouting distance of this marker); A Delicate Balance (within shouting distance of this marker); Franconia Notch (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Old Man of the Mountain (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Appalachian Trail (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franconia.
 
Categories. Animals
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 25, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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