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The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park

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Address: Franconia Notch State Park, Lincoln, NH
Phone Number: 603-745-8391
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Description: This 20-foot-wide natural granite abyss is probably one of the largest...
This 20-foot-wide natural granite abyss is probably one of the largest "potholes" you've ever seen.
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A good beginner hike

Don't go here if you have already gone to the Gorge. It's a bit anticlimactic, but if you want a break on your drive on 93, it's a nice diversion.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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English first
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Don't go here if you have already gone to the Gorge. It's a bit anticlimactic, but if you want a break on your drive on 93, it's a nice diversion.

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Endicott, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The short walk to the Basin was pretty easy. Clearly something you should see in the Lincoln area. If you have time and the ability, the hike past the Basin up the falls makes the Basin stop 10x more worth it.

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Concord, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Easy hike with wonderful scenery!!! So glad we stopped! We were hoping to see a moose but were disappointed. Maybe next time....

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Hamden, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This was a very pretty walk. Got lots of really great photos. We hiked down into the basin but the hike going up was even prettier. A large group of kids from a YMCA camp were swimming and had a blast. The water was ice cold.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Every year that we return to this area we have to visit the basin at least once, and each time I am struck by its magnetism - whether it rolling downhill fast and furious after a big storm or more placid in its basin. It is every changing and remarkable and truly awesome, set in the backdrop of the varying... More 

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Vernon, Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Very beautiful scenery, but watch out for the tree roots, could be dangerous. Overall, nice place to visit.

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Rotterdam, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We had not planned to stop at the Basin but are so happy that we did. We went on a day when it was wet and rainy and the parking lot was almost empty. I can imagine that it gets pretty crowded in nice weather. Easy walk to enjoyable viewing of the Basin and other water features.

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chesapeake
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

very large park but it's worth it. You could spend all day here nature at it best. Travel north on i93 to exit 35 and the most beautiful sight in the world with echo lake to the left.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

It was overcast and we grabbed a picnic lunch since they advertised a picnic area at the Basin - parking area not marked well and we finally found a few picnic tables after looking for about 10 mins. Nice trail down to Basin area - and it is good for a few pictures. My son ended up falling in small... More 

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Plaistow, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

What a great part of Nh. This place is awesome and so easy to navigate. Even though they have signs of no swimming almost everyone will take a quick dip(water is extremely cold!) There are several spots to take a dip the best place is about halfway up the paved trail as you head in...its flat and has a beach... More 

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