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The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park

Franconia Notch State Park, Lincoln, NH
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A truly beautiful spot

This is one of those places you think about visiting but never do. Well.... go! You’ll start at a... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2018
kingbyriverk
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Mid Coast Maine, Maine
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Basin Cascade Trail: 2-3 miles along the Cascade Brook

An easy to moderate trail along the Cascade Brook. Some pretty pools and waterfalls. Some spots... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2018
NMMc
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Boston, 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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  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“short walk” (64 reviews)
“easy walk” (35 reviews)
“rushing water” (22 reviews)
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Franconia Notch State Park, Lincoln, NH
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"natural wonder"
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"franconia notch"
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"off the highway"
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"paved trail"
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"lonesome lake"
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"nice walk"
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"flume gorge"
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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

This is one of those places you think about visiting but never do. Well.... go! You’ll start at a lovely little stream which leads to a bridge over some falls which leads to a swirling collection of water smoothed rocks which you’ll follow to the...More

2  Thank kingbyriverk
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Reviewed 11 June 2018

An easy to moderate trail along the Cascade Brook. Some pretty pools and waterfalls. Some spots hiking up rocky steps up. One spot crossing the brook, and lots of tree roots to negotiate. Hiking boots and poles are useful but not needed. Bug repellent is...More

3  Thank NMMc
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Reviewed 10 June 2018

Very interesting water and rock formation/feature! The rocks don't really look like real rock. This is also handicapped accessible.

1  Thank Jeanette H
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Reviewed 7 June 2018

A nice easy walk to a truly unique geologic formation. Right off I93 with plenty of parking and easy trails. A definite must stop when in the area.

1  Thank Viper19682014
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Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

Fantastic short hike along the water to the Basin! I love Franconia Notch state park it is a beautiful place to visit. You need to spend the whole day there to truly enjoy the area with no time constraints and just disconnect. Such a beautiful...More

1  Thank Dan E
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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

This is a great place to get out of the car, stretch your legs and see some great scenery. You can just stay in the basin area, which is a short walk, or you can get on some connecting trails for a more strenuous hike....More

1  Thank Bden99
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

We have been summer residents for many years. We stop at the Basin every couple of years and it's always worth the stop. No charge to park and no charge to view one of the many beautiful spots in Franconia Notch.

1  Thank Rosierocks1
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Reviewed 22 May 2018

Beautiful spot with great paths (paved to the Basin). Basin is fascinating and shows what time and a little sand and lots of water can do. Well worth the time to go up the trails to some amazing falls. Relatively easy path and grade to...More

1  Thank CanuckontheGo56
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Reviewed 17 May 2018

The Basin park has several waterfalls including the big whirlpool created by 10,000 years of swirling water carving out the granite.The Basin has several trails including one that heads up Canon Mountain. Lots of parking. The ice formations in winter are spectacular. During the summer...More

1  Thank Mike C
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Reviewed 12 May 2018

The Basin is a great walk or hike, especially in early spring. It is is located off the Franconia Notch Bike Path and has several other hiking trails that are around it. We were hiking the bike path and stopped there in early May and...More

1  Thank Hiker286
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jswallow2018
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Response from John G | Reviewed this property |
Not really deep enough, but have seen children playing in water in spots
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Kerri B
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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
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