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The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park

Address: Franconia Notch State Park, Lincoln, NH
Phone Number: 603-745-8391
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Lincoln
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
Owner description: This 20-foot-wide natural granite abyss is probably one of the largest "potholes" you've ever seen.
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Type: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This 20-foot-wide natural granite abyss is probably one of the largest "potholes" you've ever seen.

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Sanbornville, New Hampshire
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48 reviews 48 reviews
26 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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
13 attraction reviews
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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49 reviews 49 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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130 reviews 130 reviews
69 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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Thompson, Connecticut
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44 reviews 44 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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239 helpful votes 239 helpful votes
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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Cheshire, Connecticut, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

In Franconia Notch. Short walk into the woods. Awesome to experience the beauty of nature. Beautiful falls into a "granite" pool. It was raining when we went, but worth getting wet to see it!

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Newton, New Jersey
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

A short walk & well worth it - the scenery was spectacular. It was not steep & would be easy for a disabled person/wheelchair, I think.

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wirral
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87 reviews 87 reviews
30 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

If you are in the area this is one of the must see natural phenomena of the area. The weather wasn't appropriate when we visited but a great place for walkers too.

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