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The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park

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Short stroll

Nice little walk to see cascading water, rocky stream. Parking free which is useful when the walk... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Dilly4472
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Wonderful

We took a beautiful walk at The Basin. So many pretty sights, from rolling brooks and several... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
teresa h
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Little Meadows pA
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This 20-foot-wide natural granite abyss is probably one of the largest "potholes" you've ever seen.
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Nice little walk to see cascading water, rocky stream. Parking free which is useful when the walk is only short. Other hikes nearby.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a beautiful walk at The Basin. So many pretty sights, from rolling brooks and several falls. The path is paved and safe. Many great scenes to take photos.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank teresa h
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place was amazing where u really connect with nature and family. Loved the walk and the exercise. People gathered to watch kayakers coming down the falls, it was a little chilly but sunny and a beautiful day. Nice area where to park and go...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank 144paolav
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were surprised how snow covered the trail was in April. The wise woman at the Visitors Center encouraged us to purchase Yak Trax which we found invaluable to traverse over icy trails (otherwise we fell into thigh high snow!) Powerful waters are remarkable! Go...More

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank Doreen J
Reviewed January 16, 2019

This is a wonderful place to take a hike, great for adults and kids. There's also a great bike path for those with mountain bikes. Great water views. I recommend visiting even if you can only spare 15 minutes. 5 minutes in you can enjoy...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed November 21, 2018

What a lovely place to visit, the Basin is free unlike the Flume Gorge and it is a very nice place to stroll, along the river down to the Basin is very pretty and tranquil. We saw it in the Fall in all it's glory...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank devonroamer
Reviewed November 2, 2018

This place is beautiful and a must stop for your White Mountain tour. Dog friendly and people were even friendlier. Wish I lived up here.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Aimee G
Reviewed October 29, 2018

Although a cold day, it was well worth the visit to see the beautiful scenery. A nice place for for walking.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 23, 2018

A short walk from the highway parking, this natural formation carved out of the running water shows how wonderous nature can be; whilst a lot smaller than the local gorge, the basin is a natural beauty point and free to view at your pleasure.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mark B
Reviewed October 21, 2018

Great hike for families! We continued on to the Cascade Falls trail. Easy walk to the Basin and paved.

Date of experience: October 2018
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jswallow2018
May 26, 2018|
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Response from John G | Reviewed this property |
Not really deep enough, but have seen children playing in water in spots
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Response from uncoveredcitizen | Reviewed this property |
No there is but best Western white mountain was perfect location n affordable
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Response from Cyoungdc22 | Reviewed this property |
I personally do not recall specific elongated parking spots; however, when I was there I was the only car and there were a lot of spots. The parking area on either side of the highway is very large and I don’t think I would... More
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