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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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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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SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AND FALLS UPSTREAM

Most people stop at the Basin and few travel on upstream to Kinsman Falls and beyond. If you have only minutes to spend then the Basin will satisfy with access immediately off... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Robert P
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North Haverhill, New Hampshire
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North Haverhill, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Most people stop at the Basin and few travel on upstream to Kinsman Falls and beyond. If you have only minutes to spend then the Basin will satisfy with access immediately off the interstate parking lot. Hot then take a dip in the crystal clear water on the path to the Basin, a favorite with kids and some brave adults,... More 

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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We decided to take my 5 year old daughter this way to do some hiking our first stop was the basin. It was so pretty here we just took the short hike to the basin and some of the small trails around there also. They do have a 2 mile and a 4 mile trail which we did not do... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The basin is a great quick hike (walk) to see some classic New Hampshire scenery, including a beautiful waterfall. It is easy to do for those with young children and the price is right too - free, which not all hikes in this area are. Would definitely recommend when you have an extra hour or two and are interested in... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a gorgeous hike through walking trails in the NH mountains - truly beautiful. Trails are very well maintained. Small bridges and walks over running water, small water pools, many small waterfalls and rock formations. We met families from all over the world and all ages hiking. Interesting to note, pets are allowed (we brought our 3mo old puppy)... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were short on time so decided to stop here for an hour or so hike. Perfect for that. It was crowded, and the path is narrow but we hiked in far enough to find some solitude. The highway runs along side the trail leaving the sound of cars and trucks rather than birds and the breeze. There are areas... More 

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Lincoln, VT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This my kind of place, a gentle walk with natural beauty and it is free. We stopped while in the area, we were there about 45 minutes, but would have liked to stay longer.

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Winthrop, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A stroll through this natural wonder is a must when visiting Franconia Notch. It is an easy site to navigate thereby making it ideal for all ages and physical ability levels.

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Fairhaven, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful scenery , love the running water coming down from the mountains. Fun for the whole family , take an easy walk or hoke up the mountain either way the area is breathtaking

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful place... I personally don't care for all the cement pathways.... The less man fools with God's work the better... But even so ...Beautiful!

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were looking for an easy walk to get out for an hour after a period of rain. Read that the Basin had a 2 mile walk that was easy and accessible. Parking was good and just off the I 93. Most of the track was paved so good for bikes and wheelchair access. Some tracks off that were good... More 

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