Last weekend we beat the heat by heading to The Basin in Franconia Notch State Park in Franconia, NH. The Basin is one of many roadside natural attractions in the park, that has well developed accessible trails that showcase the dramatic beauty. Our friend Sarah joined us for this adventure too!
The actual Basin is a large pothole (30 feet in diameter and 15 feet deep). You can read more information about the history here.
As we had suspected, there was a good crowd along the walking paths checking out the sights and even dipping their feet in the cool waters. We weaved our way through the sightseers to the Basin Cascades Trail. We knew there would be some impressive waterfalls, less crowds, and a chance to get close to the water.
Alden didn’t mind hanging out in the backpack carrier and enjoyed looking at the waterfalls. He was particularly interested in the “tiny waterfall” and collecting small nature items in his net.
We didn’t make it very far up the trail when we decided to turn around. Alden was getting a little restless and we stopped at a good cascade pool and let him out of the carrier to explore the water with us and his toys that he had brought along. At this time of year the smooth granite of the exposed streambed makes for a fine ‘sidewalk’ to get close to the water.
This is a popular spot by tourists and locals because it is very easy access off route 93. The beginning is also handicapped accessible for all walking abilities. A lovely short walk to a cool spot on a hot day that we look forward to re-visiting to explore along the trail further.