The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park, Franconia

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The region that holds The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park recognizes the natural wonder beneath a waterfall in the Pemigewasset River. At 9 m (30 ft) wide and 4.5 m (15 ft) deep, the granite pothole was formed over 25,000 years ago by melting glacial water. As the water flowed, it eroded the bedrock. Fifteen millennia have since smoothed the rock surfaces to leave a polished look. As part of Franconia Notch State Park, a visit to the basin can be included within a larger hike that winds through the park, or you can just enjoy the short walk to this geological wonder. Start your trip to Franconia by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
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  • We were here 50 years ago and it is still a fun place to stop. We enjoyed the trail, the rushing water falls and the beautiful foliage. We could not have hit it any better because it was simply a... 
    We were here 50 years ago and it is still a fun place to stop. We enjoyed the trail, the rushing water falls and the beautiful foliage. We could not have hit it any better because it was simply a...  more »
  • Thankful for the rain the night before. Water was high & rushing by. It was such an awesome sight. The water was so loud as it crashed into boulders and rocks. Not a long trail and easy to find. Easy....  more
    Thankful for the rain the night before. Water was high & rushing by. It was such an awesome sight. The water was so loud as it crashed into boulders and rocks. Not a long trail and easy to find. Easy....  more »
  • The Basin is worth a stop when you're driving along Route 3 through Franconia Notch State Park or visiting the White Mountains region in general. It's a very soothing, beautiful place, and the short.....  more
    The Basin is worth a stop when you're driving along Route 3 through Franconia Notch State Park or visiting the White Mountains region in general. It's a very soothing, beautiful place, and the short.....  more »

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