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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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Great walk in a beautiful setting

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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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
2 helpful votes 2 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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46 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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40 helpful votes 40 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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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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54 reviews 54 reviews
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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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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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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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