The Basin at Franconia State Park

The Basin at Franconia State Park

The Basin in Franconia, New Hampshire, is a beautiful hike in nature.  If you love an easy hike, beautiful nature, small waterfalls and cascades, then this is the place for you!

What Is The Basin

The Basin is a large pothole in the Pemigewasset River.   It is said to have started over 25,000 years ago as the ice age ended.

The water flowing from the melting glacier that filled Franconia Notch eroded the solid granite bedrock.

Over the years, the sand and stones were whirled around by the force of the river causing the granite to become smooth.  As a result, it carved out a bowl shaped, waterfall pool.

This bowl-shaped section of the river is said to be 30 feet in diameter and 15 feet deep.  Although it is a small waterfall, it is very pretty and very interesting! The rocks are so smooth it almost looks fake!


What To Do Here


There is a short hiking trail and several small cascades to enjoy.  It is especially beautiful in Fall!  We visited The Basin in early October, and it was breathtaking. 

There are some picnic tables and benches throughout, which make for a great picnic spot!

The Basin is pet friendly so feel free to bring your fury friend! 

Where Is This Gem

The Basin is a stop along the amazing I-93 in Franconia, NH.  The exit for the Basin is 2.1 miles north of exit 34A and 3.4 miles south of exit 34B.

There is plenty of parking on both sides of the highway.  A short, paved, walk from the parking area leads you right to the beautiful trails.

Other Things To Do In The Area

  • Franconia Notch State Park
  • Mount Lafayette & Franconia Ridge Trail
  • Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway
  • Franconia Notch Scenic Drive
  • Kancamagus Scenic Byway
  • The Flume Gorge
  • Diana’s Bath
  • Crawford Notch/Rt 302

There are so many things to do in New Hampshire, it really is a great place to visit.  Have you been?  Leave us a comment and let us know what you did while you were there! What is your favorite spot?

The Basin at Franconia State Park

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  1. Omg!!! Your pictures are absolutely breathtaking!!! This looks like a great, picturesque place to visit. Thanks for your very informative article that will help me plan a visit in the future!

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