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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
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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North Smithfield, Rhode Island
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We love visiting the natural wonders of NH and with young kids, the attractions along Franconia Notch are great. Lots of bang for your buck, and we can see our kids' enjoyment. Beautiful natural setting. We went in early spring, and there was significant winter/flood damage from recent rains and snow melt. But it was still worth the trip.

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Chicago, Illinois
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

This was a really accessible hike, even in winter. But, there isn't much to see, and the overwhelming sensation is of being next to the interstate. My suggestion: stop somewhere else.

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Grantham, New Hampshire
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We love the Basin! Winter or summer if we are up north we walk down to see it. In the summer months the water is so cold that it gets you giggling. Great picture moment. The walk is easy at both times of year. The trails are wide and easy for everyone to hike. It is a natural wonder that... More

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Millbury, Massachusetts, United States
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

The Basin is a beautiful spot - it's easy to get to, and really lovely in any season. It's also a great spot to take someone who can't walk far. The trails are either paved or well packed dirt/rock, and I think there is a way to get to it that is wheelchair accessible if taking someone who is handicapped.... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

A great winter hike if you're in the area for skiing. All the waterfalls are frozen and its beautiful and also pretty cool to be able to walk out over some of the pools.

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Meriden, Connecticut
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

The Basin is a natural wonder and a great place to cool off during hot weather. Spectacular colors in the fall also. Cascade trail and great views. Another wonderful spot in the White Mountains. Easy access.

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Lynnfield, Massachusetts
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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

The Basin and Cascade Trail are two of our favorite destinatons to walk with the dogs and take visitors! Great views all year round and very accessible.

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North of Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

But worth seeing especially after the thaw or heavy rains. Take time to walk up the trails and see the upper falls

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013 via mobile

This whole area is beautiful and IRS a free hike. Pull off the road and walk anywhere along this beautiful creek. But the basin area is very beautiful. When we went years ago it wasn't paved and I don't remember the campsites. It was more natural back then but its still beautiful now and always worth a hike.

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Delmar, New York
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12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

I have never seen nature like this before. The wonders of the waterfalls and the contour of the rock was extremely impressive. The park is nicely maintained and it is a wonderful place to visit for a nice easy walk. One of the most beautiful places I have visited. Do not miss this attraction.

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