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The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park

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What a lovely place to visit, the Basin is free unlike the Flume Gorge and it is a very nice place... read more

Reviewed November 21, 2018
Kingsteignton, United Kingdom

This place is beautiful and a must stop for your White Mountain tour. Dog friendly and people were... read more

Reviewed November 2, 2018
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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 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
Thank devonroamer
Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

See title. It doesn’t go up. Just down. ADA compliant unless you’re miles off-trail. The fun hike has no markers - pick a direction and start walking. You’ll see a lot of random stuff. Bushwhacking - enjoyable, would recommend. If you cross a stream in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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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
Thank Jackie B
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
Thank glavelle2018
Reviewed October 21, 2018

I had been here before in the winter and it was magical although a bit frigid. The summer visit allowed for more time outdoors listening to the swirling waters and simply appreciating nature. I believe this is a must see for any who like the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank waiake1
Reviewed October 18, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank shatiel
Reviewed October 16, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
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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
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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