The Basin

Lincoln, NH
Length: Varies

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he basin is a 15,000 year old glacial pot hole. This unique attraction is easily accessible. With parking lots right off I93 and handicap accessible paths everyone can view this natural area.

In addition to The Basin there are a series of waterfalls and pools to view. One of my favorite parts about this attraction is that it is a great place to cool down on a hot day. The water is generally too cold to swim in, but the air temperature here is noticeably cooler here.

There is no major hike associated with this location, but is a nice place to get out of the car and stretch your legs. There are trails to take you up Kinsman Falls from here if you wish to go for a longer hike.

Also the Franconia Recreational Trail cuts through here, which is a scenic route through Franconia Notch which is bike friendly.

Cost- FREE
Stroller Friendly
Dog Friendly

Picnic Areas and Outhouses are available here.

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Trail Features

Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

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Lyndsey started hiking when her daughter Aubrey (5)  was just a few months old. Lyndsey and Aubrey have been hiking together for almost 5 years now and have made some impressive climbs over those years. Lyndsey has been an ambassador for Hike it Baby since January 2015. They live in the Monadnock Region of NH and they have many small mountains to hike all around them and they venture the two hours north to the White Mountain National Forest as often as they can. Lyndsey and Aubrey started their NH 48 4,000 footer list when Aubrey was just 3.5 years old. To date, they have completed 2/48. They have been working on the NH 52 with a View list as well and have completed 7/52. 

Hiking had such a huge influence on getting over PPD that she wanted to help other local parents get out on the trails and build a community that is different from the other typical mom groups. Over the years she has learned so much about hiking with young children, from picking different carriers to choosing trails for toddlers. She wants to share her knowledge to help others, as this information was impossible to find when she was just starting out hiking with Aubrey!

Lyndsey also writes for her own personal blog that chronicles her and Aubrey’s hiking adventures together as well as offers articles and trail suggestions for families hiking in New Hampshire! 


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