The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park, Lincoln
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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. Plan your The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park visit and explore what else you can see and do in Lincoln using our Lincoln itinerary builder.
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  • The Basin itself is intriguing with the rushing water, but the surrounding streams were fantastic! Because of an earlier rain, the falls and cascades in the streams tumbled by looking beautiful. 
  • We enjoyed visiting The Basin, and walking along the trail. It was very beautiful and an easy walk, but the trail was close to I-93 so the noise of the traffic detracted from the experience. 
  • Stopped here randomly and was really impressed with the basin and the work done to keep the area neat and accessible.