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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  • Beautiful trail along river! Awesome scene to see the water come down into that circular stone area.  more »
  • If you're a nature buff....The Basin is a wonderful spot to check out! I actually proposed to my wife right in front of it, and it couldn't have been more perfect! This is a favorite destination for....  more »
  • We have hiked in during summer, spring and fall. We usually go by snowmachine in the winter. Beautiful every season.  more »

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