Exit 34A off Interstate 93
Franconia Notch State Park
Franconia, NH 03580
The Basin Description
A short walk on smooth, wooded paths takes you along the lively Pemigewasset River, over bridges, and past tumbling cascades to the mother-of-all-potholes. Formed eons ago by ice and worn perfectly smooth by swirling river rocks, the basin's granite bowl spans 20 feet and is filled by a roaring spout. Some kids are mesmerized by the splash and swirl in the basin; others have more fun racing the river along the path on the way down.
Babies: The path is stroller-friendly; the tumbling water will surely lull baby to sleep.
School-Age Kids: Will be wowed by the water-worn rocks and fast-moving water.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Older kids might be underwhelmed, but if they can tolerate the cold water, they'll have fun wading or swimming in the pools on the way down.
- On a hot day, bring your swim suit. There's easy access to the chilly water at several spots on the walk, but not in the Basin itself.
- Interstate know-how. Access is quicker from the southbound side, but you can park and access the basin from either side of I-93.
Just the Facts
Hours: Sunrise to sunset
Recommended Time: 1 to 2 hours