I could stay at the Basin in Franconia Notch State Park, N.H., all day — it was that way as a kid and still is to this very day.
This free, beloved White Mountains of New Hampshire family travel destination features a huge granite pothole, 20 feet in diameter, eroded into a large block of granite by the Pemigewasset River. It’s nice to see the swirling waters in the Basin, the bridges and various textures of the water along the way and the walking paths eventually rising to the top of the waterfall with scenic rural White Mountains views. Although quite popular in the summer, the Basin always feels like your own discovery and the fresh mountain air, refreshing sounds of the water, scenic forest and birds happily chirping add up to a natural package that’s hard to leave. It becomes quite clear at The Basin that life’s simplest pleasures have often been created through the genius of Mother Nature!
Exit 34A off Interstate 93
Franconia Notch State Park
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