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The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park

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Excellent and easy hike

We visited early in the morning when the air was crisp and hardly anyone else was around. Such a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Mari M
Chicago, Illinois
Beautiful Basin

Lovely, quick hike in to see the basin - very cool how old it is & how it was formed! Easy to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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Franconia Notch State Park, Lincoln, NH
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Nice falls at the basi, doesn't take long to visit them but if you are hard pressed for time they are by no means a must do in our opinion. If you want to see running and falling water, Flume Gorge is where you should...More

Thank Andrea M
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited early in the morning when the air was crisp and hardly anyone else was around. Such a lovely little path that leads you through the trees and by ever increasing waterfalls until you eventually arrive at the boisterous and noisy basin. If memory...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely, quick hike in to see the basin - very cool how old it is & how it was formed! Easy to navigate, unsure if it was wheelchair friendly though. Bikes & dogs allowed.

Thank IloveSandals
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Basin because we were in the area and there was no cost. It was interesting. The water flowing was spectacular and refreshing. There are walking paths nearby as well. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

Thank bob m
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been here countess times. The serene beauty and nature all around is so relaxing and indeed, quite therapeutic! Every time I've been here, it looks a little bit different, and I see something I'd never noticed before. I remember as a young boy how...More

Thank Mr_DanaFM
Reviewed 1 week ago

When you arrive you will park your car across the way, then, you will walk underneath the highway in a large tunnel to get to the Basin area. Bring a water bottle & Bring your camera~ this is a very pretty walk; sort of mini...More

Thank Stephanie C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When we arrived at The Basin, I though meh, it’s ok. Then we continued on the trail there were cascades and great scenery. We decided to take the Basin Cascades Trail to Kinsman Falls, and there was great scenery all over.

Thank Greg M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Basin provides a quiet, peaceful environment with interesting scenery. Make sure to read the narrative posted at the Basin. The walking paths provide beautiful views of the woods. It feels much less commercial than the flume and other White Mountains attractions.

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place to stop off of I-93. The trail to the basin is relatively flat and there is even a handicap access trail. I saw a visitor with a wheelchair visit. There was also an outhouse near the parking lot, if needed. While the...More

Thank AmeiK30
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The walk in to this beautiful location is short and fairly easy with just a mild incline. You can get quite close to the pothole from the trail. There are some small waterfalls along the way that are beautiful as well. The water has carved...More

Thank Denise C
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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
January 10, 2018|
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Response from saratime32 | Reviewed this property |
No there is but best Western white mountain was perfect location n affordable
September 24, 2017|
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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