CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's parks department is offering a new shuttle service for visitors to Franconia Notch State Park to avoid illegal parking along Interstate 93.

The shuttle service starts Friday and runs through Sunday, Oct. 14. It will operate out of Cannon Mountain's Peabody Base Lodge parking lot. Hikers can park for free and take the approximately 10- to 15-minute ride one-way to Lafayette Place. Then, the shuttle will pick visitors up at the Falling Waters/Bridle Path and return them to the Peabody Base Lodge parking lot. Dogs will initially be allowed.

The shuttle will run from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Monday. The initial cost will be $5 per person; only cash will be accepted.

The department says increased visitation has caused parking lots to fill quickly, resulting in illegal and unsafe parking along I-93.