The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park, Franconia

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Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
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 place! The sound of the water was so soothing. It was an easy walk from the parking lot. When we hiked the flume gorge we missed it.  more »
  • Everything about this trail is beautiful and so peaceful. Starts out super easy up to the basin and if that is all you can do - IT IS STILL SO WOTH IT. As you start to go up the falls it gets...  more »

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