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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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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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The Basin

It's so beautiful a must see and not a long walk. It is free and children sometimes play in the water. We have climbed and hiked that river for miles in the past.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

It's so beautiful a must see and not a long walk. It is free and children sometimes play in the water. We have climbed and hiked that river for miles in the past.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Just a short drive on I93 north out of Lincoln, NH. Is an easy hike to a pothole (not caused from winter weather on the road) but thousands of years in the creation of the earth. Many water features on the way that are great for Kodak moments.

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Salem, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Great place to go with family and friends to enjoy the Beauty of the forest, birds, animals and of course the river and basin. Go there and spend a few hours or more.

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East Haddam, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Love the hiking adventures. Stunning nature. Tons of wonderful photo ops. Bring adequate hiking shoes

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Nashua, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015 via mobile

The basin is a gorgeous spot with only a 5-10 minute walk from the parking area. Paved the whole way in. Worth the stop but not exactly a destination like flume gorge.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Traveling with our 8 yr old grandson repeating a trip my husband did with his own grandparents when he was 10. My husband is so excited to share his experiences at these sights with him. I've never been here so it's new to 2 of us. I loved all the rushing water and can't wait to do the hike to... More 

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Troy, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Short walk to Basin right off the highway. Free to view, easy walk with dogs or kids and stunning to look at.

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Short hike to a beautiful rock waterfall/gorge area. The Basin is a huge bowl that makes for great family pictures. Worth the short hike and best of all it is free!

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

The trail is beautiful and the Basin is interesting. Cut into granite thousands of years ago, the water rushes in and swirls around before leaving.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

This is about a half mile short hike on smooth surface with a few stairs. I think there is also a handicap route. Worth the hike, beautiful area..

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Additional Information about The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park

Address: Address: Franconia Notch State Park, Lincoln, NH
Phone Number: 603-745-8391
Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  White Mountains  >  Lincoln
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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