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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  • Probably my favorite place in the park, though I love the Flume also. The Basin is a glacial pothole along another stretch of the Pemigewasset River. Here the river flows down a more gentle slope over...  more »
  • The scenery, the walks, the water basin were stunning. It was so peaceful but very refreshing. Well worth the visit. Highly recommend.  more »

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