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The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park

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My wife and I stumbled upon this during a trip for our anniversary and are SO happy we stopped to... read more

Reviewed September 3, 2018
Jaime M
Belfast, United States
Beautiful site

Always love this area and we visit each time we come to the area. The walk to the basin is lovely... read more

Reviewed September 2, 2018
Nancy P
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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 September 3, 2018

My wife and I stumbled upon this during a trip for our anniversary and are SO happy we stopped to explore. Beautiful little trail with waterfalls.

Thank Jaime M
Reviewed September 2, 2018

Always love this area and we visit each time we come to the area. The walk to the basin is lovely and fairly easy to do.

Thank Nancy P
Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

We stopped here here looking for something today and fell in love. The water flowing is peaceful and calming. There are enough people around that it’s not creepy like your in the woods alone but is not overcrowded and you have plenty of space to...More

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Reviewed September 1, 2018

I have been going here for years. It's a nice, quick stop before going to major attractions in the area. It's free, scenic, and a great place to dangle your feet over the natural slides and falls. I don't think you are supposed to swim...More

2  Thank bleedinglilly74
Reviewed August 28, 2018

The actual Basin is only about 1/2 a mile from I 93 and very impressive, a whirlpool. From there you can hike up the river seeing rushing water and falls or take a flatter trail down the river.

Thank Beth B
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

Took my grandchildren to the flume and basin. My grandparents took me many times. Beautiful walk and trails. Harder for me now I'm older. Wonderful river falls past it. Maybe last free attraction in Franconia notch

Thank Goosir
Reviewed August 27, 2018

This was our first stop of many as we drove around the White Mountains and a good introduction. There is a large car park and signed walking routes, including a walk to the Basin which takes around 5 minutes. The Basin itself is fenced off...More

1  Thank GAlsager
Reviewed August 27, 2018

The scenery here is beyond words. It is extremely beautiful and such a great place to visit. It was well worth the hike around when your able to get to a nice spot where you can put your feet in the freezer rocky water!

Thank jdmgirl978
Reviewed August 26, 2018

This park has something for everyone. Easy trail to basin.Short walk from parking lot. Walk at your own pace. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and rushing water.

Thank IllinoisKate1
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful walk. The power of nature is fully visible here. Well worth a visit for people of all ages. Easy walking. Some areas suitable for paddling/wading/swimming

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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