If you are looking for a natural masterpiece in New Hampshire then The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park is a great place to check out. When we head out on the road two times a month in search for nothing and everything, we enjoy finding unusual and unique places to visit. That’s how we happened upon Madame Sheri and took a drive up Mt Washington Auto Road.
There’s so much to enjoy in New Hampshire. This lucky day we were in the White Mountains area of Lincoln, NH and wanted to check out this 20 foot diameter granite pothole that is said to have been eroded 15,000 plus years ago while the North American ice sheet was melting.
About The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park
Henry David Thoreau, the great American naturalist stood here at this site in 1839 admiring the view of this natural beauty. This man went on to state that it is the most curious of what New England offers the traveler. They say that The Basin was created from water flowing from the melting glacier that filled Franconia Notch which then eroded the solid granite bedrock.
During the thousands of years that followed sand and stones were whirled around by the force of the river causing a boring action that left the sidewalls smooth. The rock formation seen in the stream bed at the outlet has been known for generations as “The Old Man’s Foot”.
A Natural Beauty in the Middle of the Woods
As we continue to travel New England finding cool, unique and different locations to share with you all, I must say The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park is by far the most majestic views as of yet. I am simply taken aback by how nature could create such an organized, beautiful area of water. I personally admire natural beauty, such as this somewhat untouched masterpiece we now know as The Basin in Franconia Notch State Park.
Visit The Basin at Franconia Notch State Park
The really cool thing about The Basin is that this area is actually handicapped accessible and there are restrooms close by. Sure they are much like wooden port-a-potties but still, restrooms nonetheless. While the walkways can get slippery, as there is much water around to include some waterfalls, this location is a great place to see as you witness one of nature’s beautiful creations in the heart of Franconia Notch State Park.
The Basin can be accessed from the northbound and southbound directions and has its own marked exits. There are picnic tables and walking paths, as well as hiking trails. Click here to visit the Cannon Mountain website to learn more about how to get here.