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“Great place to picnic, read, hike or bike! Safe for families and individuals.”

The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park
Ranked #1 of 31 things to do in Lincoln
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Owner description: This 20-foot-wide natural granite abyss is probably one of the largest "potholes" you've ever seen.
Reviewed December 1, 2005

The Basin is near exit 34 B off of I-93 in the White Mountain National Park. The Basin actually stands for a small but gushing basin pool. I didn't find that to be my main attraction. The same spot also has a great bike path, though short. It has access to several trailheads, one of which leads you up towards a bunch of boulders. You can step off the hiking trail and head to the left and you'll see the boulders. You can hike up the boulders instead of on the trail. The views are beautiful. There are small pools where you can get your feet wet. Along the boulders, you can set up a picnic. When I went, I saw a few families that had children slide down into the pools. Kind of like slip and slide. I have photos of that. It's a great place to go all seasons of the year.

The Basin is wheelchair accessible and there are porta-potties. Leave No Trace Policies apply; as-in whatever trash you bring, you have to take out with you.

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Reviewed October 27, 2005

This is a great destination! the basin itself is pretty, but even more interesting is taking the trail up to the falls above it. A river flowing over granite surfaces, small waterfalls and a great walk in the woods, without having to reach for your wallet even once!

Make sure kids wear a bathing suit, and have fun!

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