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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  • Access from route 93 Northbound for south access 93 Southbound for north access. Short and easy trail to view this natural feature where the rushing water angled into a swirl that created a basin of.....  more »
  • Trail for “off road” jogging stroller. Only a few spots you can’t take the stroller like down the steps to the basin area as pictured. Easy walk, close to parking. Beautiful views.  more »

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