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The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park

Franconia Notch State Park, Lincoln, NH
603-745-8391
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Ranked #3 of 19 attractions in Lincoln
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations
Description: This 20-foot-wide natural granite abyss is probably one of the largest "potholes" you've ever seen.
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massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The cascades, water falls and trails are wonderful for kids of all ages. My daughters enjoyed swimming in the cascades and natural ponding areas. Beautiful views as well. Well worth the time!

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Lake City, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Great little spot with interesting features. Very easy hike in and some interesting side trails. It also had some real 'kodak' views.

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Tuckerton, New Jersey
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109 reviews 109 reviews
55 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The basin landmark itself is a short walk from the parking lots (either side). The actual basin-cascade trail is a tough uphill battle. The trail is steep in some areas and have tree roots all over. So be very careful walking. There are many points to step aside and see the waterfalls that are throughout the trail. We made it... More

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Howell, New Jersey
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20 reviews 20 reviews
18 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Went to the basin to cool off on a hot day. The water was ice cold but felt great. Not crowded at all. Short hike from parking area and you can find a place to swim. Best of all its free.

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NYC
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Although it is VERY crowded, the Basin is an interesting spot and very pretty. The path is an easy stroll through the woods.

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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We loved the hike, water was freezing cold but refreshing. Beautiful area with plenty of cascading falls. You can hike as far as you like- some falls are less than a 1/4 mile into the trail, others are a mile or more.

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Nice short walk for the highway parking area. The basin is accessible from both sides of I93 in Franconia Notch. Nice place tyo go to see the natural formation of the Basin made of the last 25,000 years.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Just a short walk off the interstate. There's parking and you walk under the road. Not very big but quite amazing what water can do to rocks.

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Peabody, Massachusetts
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Amazing place. We (I and my wife) visited "the basin" during the July first week. We liked the place very much. We enjoyed the no entry fees, picnic tables, small hike and cold water of the basin. There are some spots on the trail where the water is slow and the rocks are flat. Its a perfect place to take... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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91 attraction reviews
282 helpful votes 282 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We hiked the short Basin trail on our first day in Franconia Notch State Park and loved every minute of it. Not only was it a great spot to cool off on a really hot day, but the scenery was gorgeous! The rock formations -- water slides, waterfalls, The Basin -- all are interesting for their own reasons. Well worth... More

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