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The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park

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Address: Franconia Notch State Park, Lincoln, NH
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+1 603-745-8391
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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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Amazingly beatiful

We vacation in the WHT MTNS every year and this is always on the list to stop and visit. We love hiking up to Kinsmans falls.The kids bring their bathing suits and swim in the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Aundrea H
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Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We vacation in the WHT MTNS every year and this is always on the list to stop and visit. We love hiking up to Kinsmans falls.The kids bring their bathing suits and swim in the pools and slide down the waterfalls on the way up. It is so beautiful and peaceful. A must see. Short hike nothing strenuous. My dad... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's the different kinds of beauties in the wintertime. It was the first time hiding in the winter. It's so fun. Everything is white. Just like a real "Frozen".

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Sandwich, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The sound of rushing water, the smell of clean mountain air as you hike the trails, get down on your knees along the trail and take a drink! This is mountain magesty at its purest! I could have stayed all day!

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Thank Lydia A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Maybe the Basin itself isn't the best thing in the world, but the location is perfect. My husband and I ended up going back another day of our trip to follow the trails and went up to lonesome lake. And it's one of the only free attractions which makes it that much better.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Basin is fabulous and about 15 min walk from the parking lot. Even during the winter this is an easy and beautiful hike. Reminds me why I live in New England

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

The Basin itself is intriguing with the rushing water, but the surrounding streams were fantastic! Because of an earlier rain, the falls and cascades in the streams tumbled by looking beautiful.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed visiting The Basin, and walking along the trail. It was very beautiful and an easy walk, but the trail was close to I-93 so the noise of the traffic detracted from the experience.

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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

Stopped here randomly and was really impressed with the basin and the work done to keep the area neat and accessible.

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Kentwood, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

This was a great place to stretch your legs and enjoy a short scenic walk. The rock formation was very interesting. Beautiful area.

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Nineveh, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

We took the short hike to see The Basin and were pleasantly surprised. A beautiful whirlpool that has been carved in the rock over centuries. Worth the time to see.

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