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The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park

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Short walk, big pay off

Just a short walk takes you to a beautiful little waterfall in a small stone grotto. Hard to... read more

Reviewed yesterday
What a natural treasure!

Easy walk along a beautiful river! The scenery was spectacular and there were virtually no bugs... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Lowell, Massachusetts
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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 yesterday

Just a short walk takes you to a beautiful little waterfall in a small stone grotto. Hard to describe, easy to experience. Only thing better would have been if you could take a quick dip and if it had of been a hot day. Nice...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Easy walk along a beautiful river! The scenery was spectacular and there were virtually no bugs whatsoever. This is definitely a MUST SEE!

Thank discerningtouch
Reviewed 4 days ago

Crazy what the nature can form into stones. It's just an easy walk from the parking lot near the interstate.

Thank Jens F
Reviewed 6 days ago

Well worth the stop. Short walk from ample parking with handicap access if need be. There are some beautiful small waterfalls on the walk down. Careful wet rocks are very slippery.

Thank mn984
Reviewed 1 week ago

This State Park is so big, that it traverses Highway I-93. The Basin is easy to see with the highway signage, so just pull off and start a relaxing walk. The path is paved, and also has a handicapped accessible pathway to see the Basin....More

Thank EmEs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Basin is beautiful to visit year after year. WE never tire of it. There are hiking trails, one to The Little Basin which is beautiful to see also.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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

Thank LoriAnn C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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27 May 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
11 January 2018|
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Response from saratime32 | Reviewed this property |
No there is but best Western white mountain was perfect location n affordable
24 September 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