Contemplating Natural Magic at the Basin in Lincoln, New Hampshire
The Basin is a magical spot, a geological pothole carved in granite by a waterfall on the Pemigewasset River in Franconia Notch State Park. The sound of the rushing water falling into the clear pool and the play of sun and shadows dancing on its surface are hypnotic. Centuries of visitors have been caught in its spell, including New England’s famous nature-lover, Henry David Thoreau. But you don’t have to be an intrepid wanderer to enjoy the sight—it’s an easy walk from a roadside parking area, so even those just wanting to stretch their legs on a long drive can marvel.