Franconia Notch State Park - Sentinel Pine Bridge and Pool, USA
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USA Franconia Notch State Park - Sentinel Pine Bridge and Pool

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The Pool is a deep basin in the Pemigewasset River. It was formed at the end of the Ice Age, 14,000 years ago, by a silt-laden stream flowing from the glacier. The Pool is 40 feet (12m) deep and 150 feet (45m) in diameter, and is surrounded by cliffs 130 feet (39m) high. A cascade rushes into it over fragments of granite that have fallen from the cliffs above.

On the high cliff above the Pool, the Sentinel Pine stood for centuries. It was one of the largest in the state, nearly 175 feet (53m) high, with a circumference of 16 feet (4.8m). The hurricane of September, 1938 uprooted the giant pine whose trunk bridges the river above the Pool and forms the base for the covered bridge. The bridge offers a fine view of the Pool.

Travel Information

The Pool & the Sentinel Pine Bridge are located in Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire. There is an entrance fee of $16 (2020). Park at the Flume Visitor Center.
Spot Type Outdoor
Crowd Factor Just a few people
Best Timing Fall
Sunrise & Sunset 05:23 - 20:23 | current local time: 03:52
Photo Themes Covered Bridge State Park Waterfall
Locations New Hampshire U.S.A

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