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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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Cool and quick

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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campton, NH
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campton, NH
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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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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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Key West, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Nice stop while your in notch area. Heavy snow late January. Parking lot was open and plowed. Great photos

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Sanbornville, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

I have lost count the number of times we have visited The Basin. First of all it's a must every summer. We have taken family members there and they always want to go there when they visit. The kids like to wade in the freezing water. It is a serenely beautiful walk.Definitely a must stop when you are in the... More 

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Omro
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Just the natural beauty of The Basin is worth the trip!!! Definitely coming back...hopefully for every season.

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

So it's a little more tricky in the winter, but in the summer you have paved paths, that walk you all around the basin. We were here in December around Christmas time. The snow melted and froze again so there were a few slippery spots, water is pristine and clean. it's a great place for kids and elderly because of... More 

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connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

We did this hike with my 80 something mom in the dead of winter with light snow cover. It is worth the short hike in to the Basin, additional views of rushing waterfalls and forested paths. Very picturesque, especially with the icicles and snow frosting. It is a shorter walk if you access going South on the highway. Well marked.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

The whole area is very nice, the trail form the parking lot to the Basin is mostly flat, wide and clear of obstacles, very easy for explorers of all ages. It goes by the river that has carved some nice forms in the rock, the forest itself is also very quiet. The "crowning" moment, the Basin, is also very nice... More 

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Thompson, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Parking on the Franconia Parkway was ample but I'm sure during the busy season it may get crowded. A very light walk on very nice walkways can be encountered. A nice place to stretch your legs when traveling. No fee at this location. Bathrooms are limited. Plan about 1 hour to enjoy the flowing water and rock formations.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Located in the heart of the White Mountains, in N.H. "The Basin" provides you with several miles of well marked, and scenic hiking trails. There is something available for everyone!

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