Franconia Notch State
Park, Grafton, New Hampshire
(7/31/2005, 18 mm, f/16, 1.6 sec, ISO 100)
This "waterfall" (loosely defined in this instance) can be found in Franconia Notch State Park. The state park is located in the White
Mountain National Forest and runs for about eight miles along I-93 from Flume
Gorge at the southern end to Echo Lake on the northern end.
The parking area is accessible from both the northbound and southbound
directions. There are picnic tables in the area as well.
As a bonus, the trail for
Cascade Brook Falls and
Kinsman Falls starts here.
There are several other good waterfalls within Franconia Notch State Park,
Liberty Gorge Cascade, and The Pool (within the Flume Gorge area),
Cloudland Falls to name a few.
Personally I wouldn't come here for The Basin but for Kinsman Falls.
Alas, time constraints and a "tired" wife kept me from visiting the much better
Franconia Notch State Park is hard to miss. Your best bet is to
visit the Franconia Notch
State Park website for
This is not a hike per se but a short walk from the car.
A polarizer is essential here for reducing
the glare off of the granite rocks and the water. The water is crystal
clear and a beautiful color so you certainly want to capture as much of the true
color as possible.
For the slow shutter speed effect a tripod
will be required as usual.
I would recommend a wide angle zoom lens as the best viewing is nearby.
An alternate shot of The Basin could be taken downstream from the rocks if you
don't mind crossing the fence. There aren't any real dangers here except
for slipping and bruising your, ummm, "pride".
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