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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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Not far from parking. Beautiful photo ops. Worth the stop. Can see some fast moving clear water. Basin is supposedly like 15 ft..water is blue..

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Bridgewater, Virginia
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Bridgewater, Virginia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

Not far from parking. Beautiful photo ops. Worth the stop. Can see some fast moving clear water. Basin is supposedly like 15 ft..water is blue..

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Columbus, Ohio
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We went on a weekday. Not a lot of people around. Very quiet. Nice trails. The leaves were just starting to change. Gift shop was nice. Lot of artifacts.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Beautiful, FREE easy path around the basin. We carried our 18 month son around it in a hiking backpack, and he loved looking all around. There was a picnic table that we were able to rest at, which was very helpful

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Saugus, Massachusetts, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We try to visit once a year. Beautiful views, great place for photos. The trails are clearly marked. We have gone with the kids many times, even when they were very young. The waterfalls are breath taking !

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Montreal, Canada
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75 reviews 75 reviews
20 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Nice place to walk by and feel the power of nature. The sound of water, the mountains view, so great to be there.

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Zandhoven, Belgium
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We visited the Basin on our last day of a week trekking in the White Mountains / Franconia Notch. We could not miss out on the Basin. This is the most touristic place we visited in a week and the trails have been made very easy to walk onto. The little trail walk is very advisable and amazing to see.

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Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Really beautiful here and an easy walk too. The granite falls are especially stunning and I love how you can walk all the way along by means of a boardwalk. You have the option of a longer walk but we didn't do that on our visit.

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NJ
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

I may lose my native card for this, bit here goes. The Basin is beautiful no doubt, and you can't beat the price. However, the part that brings me back is the cool deep pools further up the river. Excuse my vague directions. See the Basin. Yea Look for a frail heading up river. The trail forks left and right.... More 

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campton, NH
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105 reviews 105 reviews
46 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

The basin is a quick walk under I-93 from the parking lot and is a fascinating yet quick stop. There are hiking trails in the area but the Basin itself is a waterfall that dumps into a large bowl that was created thousands of years ago. The water is usually cool and roars into the bowl. A quick stop.

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Campton, New Hampshire
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85 reviews 85 reviews
19 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

It's worth the stop to check out this beautiful natural feature. There is wheelchair access. It's really close to the parking lot and it's free. It's esp. great after rainfall, but always good. This area is the start of the Pemi River.

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