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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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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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My Show & Tell place for all Family & Friends

Easy hike (walk, run, snowshoe, etc) with such rewarding waterfall & rock formation views. A must do for me every time I visit this area.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Easy hike (walk, run, snowshoe, etc) with such rewarding waterfall & rock formation views. A must do for me every time I visit this area.

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Mystic, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nice hiking spot with options for length of trek.... getting to the basin is a simple walk on a well maintained trail.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We love coming to the basin, best time is in the spring when the water is running rapidly, so pretty. All seasons are great but during the week if you can go, less busy and peaceful. Such a beautiful spot in New Hampshire. A must see, take plenty of pictures.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited in August of 2016. It was a nice, scenic hike that offered some great views! Dress appropriately for the hike, not strenuous at all for the majority of people.

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Sterling, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very easy !! And we did it in winter so wearing some boots and holding hands we were able to reach it all lol very easy for kids !

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Super cool year round. Very popular on the weekends. Hard to keep to the trails with there being so many people. Still very pretty and worth the drive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was so beautiful with everything snowed over, the lake was still running and the waterfalls were still active. I can't wait to go back in the summer to see it. It was an easy hike, some places were icy so you had to be very careful walking.

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Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

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 January 6, 2017 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 January 3, 2017

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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