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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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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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Great place to walk!

I've been here several times, having vacationed in the White Mountains when I was a kid. It's a wonderful place to walk and look at the water rushing over the rocks. There are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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246 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've been here several times, having vacationed in the White Mountains when I was a kid. It's a wonderful place to walk and look at the water rushing over the rocks. There are places to sit and lots of great viewpoints. I took my Springer spaniel Bronco here once, and he loved it. Unfortunately, he fell into the brook and... More 

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Denton, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The waterfall is wonderful, worth the trip, and the covered bridge is easy to get to (ride bus 1/2 mile)

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Thank BillGasch
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We hiked for a while with younger kids in this area. You can take off you shots and go in the freezing water. Great fun! The is also a bike rental at the top of the mutch. We rode down and returned the bikes in Lincoln.

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Manchester, NH
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40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Started our hike from Lafayette Campground up the Lonesome Lake Trail to the AMC hut, then down by Cascade Brook Trail to the Basin. Two brook crossings, not too difficult but there was open water and boulder jumping. Needed our Yak-tracks. Finished by the Pemi Trail back to the parking lot. The Basin is lovely any time of year. Easy... More 

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Ottawa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took our children and some friends for a hike along the basin. We thoroughly enjoyed our walk. It was slow going only because the younger children in our group had to touch and see everything. The trails were clean, well marked and so incredible! Portions of the area are wheelchair accessible but not once you get further into the... More 

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Lyman, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We went to the White Mountains to go skiing, but because we've had an unusually warm winter so far, we decided to go on a hike through the trails of The Basin. What an amazingly beautiful place! You can even bring your dog! I definitely recommend this.

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Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

.Very nice and relaxing place. There are few hiking trails in the area. The walking to the basin is easy and fit for young children

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Worth stopping, walking around, a picnic etc. Beautiful and easy to access for kids and families. Enjoy!

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

We planned on going to the flume but decided to drive a little further to go to the basin. It was a good choice. The walk is very easy- mostly flat. You can take a short walk just to an overlook of the whirlpool or a longer walk along the brook. There is plenty of parking just off the highway.... More 

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North Haverhill, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

Nice casual walking trail along a beautiful brooke that carves through the granite. Great for families.

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