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The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park

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Easy walk

Short walk from the parking lot. Very easy loop, with established paths. A few areas to get your... read more

Reviewed 27 July 2018
Boston, Massachusetts
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Vacation with the grandkids

Many walking trails, shaded areas! Very beautiful area! Paved areas for walking, plenty of... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2018
Patricia C
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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 27 July 2018 via mobile

Short walk from the parking lot. Very easy loop, with established paths. A few areas to get your feet wet if you’d like. Good for kids. Worth stopping but for us is a one time thing. Definitely nice on a hot day, was very crowded...More

Thank KarmaSeoul
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

Many walking trails, shaded areas! Very beautiful area! Paved areas for walking, plenty of parking, restrooms.

2  Thank Patricia C
Reviewed 26 July 2018

There’s no reason not to go see this place. It’s amazingly beautiful, beyond actual compare. Hidden but easily accessible. And, there are miles of walking paths (for handicap, plus size folks like myself, and people carrying children or strollers) around the basin and the water...More

3  Thank Rosa S
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

Very well maintained, rain shelters and benches along the way. Definitely recommend not rushing, take a snack/water/etc. It’s a solid hiking experience if you aren’t physically fit. Price is a bit high, but at least it’s clean/organized/etc.

Thank Jim G
Reviewed 23 July 2018

Lovely, but only a short walk. Definitely beautiful. If you want a hike, this isn't it, but still worth a see, for sure.

Thank nosey516
Reviewed 22 July 2018

We were here many years ago and either my memory is dim or the area has changed. I seem to remember a smaller basin, one that wasn't fenced off. However, the short hike here is worth the visit. The basin, surrounding rock formations, nearby falls...More

Thank mangermanger
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

It’s worth stopping off 93 to see the basin and nearby water cascades. It’s actually free, unlike the flume gorge. Also, you can dip in the water just above it. It is ice cold so be prepared.

3  Thank Craig Z
Reviewed 18 July 2018

It is worth the short hike to see the basin but don't stop there There are a couple of path which take you around to the back of and above the basin with different little waterfalls and rock formations. The view from above the basin...More

1  Thank majcc4
Reviewed 18 July 2018

Lovely spot with clean pathways and beautiful vegetation. We went on a very hot day and it was so pleasant and shady there.

1  Thank gardens4all
Reviewed 17 July 2018

Great views and a lot of nature to see. If you have small children who need a stroller, I recommend a backpack carrier instead. You can swim, picnic or walk.

Thank Rahsun
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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
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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