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Maine whitewater, Sandy River - South Branch

Franklin county, Number Six Road to ME 4 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     2.8 miles
  The wonderful Maine scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. This stretch of Sandy River - South Branch is 2.8 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II section. If you're coming from Lewiston-Auburn it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you
    might find the rivers here more forgiving, so you'd better keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance
you're all set. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of places for that. This is a pretty short section so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Number Six Road to ME 4 section is just one of them. Getting a good  
workout and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
The Piazza Rock Trail offers hiking at its best, and a visit here wouldn’t be complete without a trip to close by Mt. Blue State Park. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Brook Trail, and this is a popular place for people from Phillips. This is such a great river. You'll never forgive yourself if you don’t go skiing at Saddleback since you're here. Summertime highs at Sandy River - South Branch typically tend to be in the 70's. Summer overnight lows drop down to the 50's.

Sandy River - South Branch, Number Six Road to ME 4 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Sandy River - South Branch.
 Whitewater Near Sandy River - South Branch:
Sandy River - South Branch, Franklin County, 1 miles away
      Class II - 2.8 miles long (Number Six Road to ME 4)
Orbeton Stream, Franklin County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 4.8 miles long (Barnjum Stream to Sandy River)
Sandy River, Franklin County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.5 miles long (Smalls Falls to South Branch)
Sandy River, Franklin County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.8 miles long (South Branch to Phillips)
Sandy River, Franklin County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 17 miles long (Phillips to Fairbanks Bridge)
Sandy River, Franklin County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 2.5 miles long (Phillips through town)
Bowley Brook, Franklin County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 0.25 miles long (between Weld and Dryden)
Swift River, Oxford County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 13 miles long (Rt 17 Bridge to Mexico)
Dead River - South Branch, Franklin County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.8 miles long (Dallas School to Langston Mill)
Dead River - South Branch, Franklin County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Green Farm Br. to Flagstaff)
 Ski Areas Near Sandy River - South Branch:
Saddleback, Maine , 8 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 64 runs
Sugarloaf USA, Maine , 14 miles away, 2820 foot drop, 15 lifts, 129 runs
Black Mountain, Maine , 17 miles away, 1120 foot drop, 4 lifts, 21 runs
Titcomb, Maine , 21 miles away, 350 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
Mount Abram, Maine , 29 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 5 lifts, 39 runs
Sunday River, Maine , 33 miles away, 2340 foot drop, 18 lifts, 128 runs
Lost Valley, Maine , 36 miles away, 240 foot drop, 2 lifts, 17 runs
Shawnee Peak, Maine , 46 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
Eaton Mountain, Maine , 57 miles away, 525 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
Black Mountain, New Hampshire , 59 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 4 lifts, 40 runs
 Hotels Near Sandy River - South Branch:
The Perennial Inn, Rumford , 22 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites, Wilton , 22 miles away
Mount Blue Motel, Farmington , 22 miles away
Colonial Valley Motel, Farmington , 22 miles away
Blackberry River Inn, Norfolk , 28 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sandy River - South Branch:
Poplar Ridge Lean-to - Appalachian Trail, Stratton, 7 miles away
Piazza Rock Lean-to - Appalachian Trail, Oquossoc, 7 miles away
Dummer's Beach, Weld, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Sandy River - South Branch:
Piazza Rock Trail, Franklin , 7 miles away
Brook Trail, Franklin , 8 miles away
Chimney Trail, Franklin , 9 miles away
Bigelow Range Trail, Franklin , 15 miles away
Fire Warden Trail, Somerset , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sandy River - South Branch:
Mt. Blue State Park, Maine , 6 miles away
Rangeley Lake State Park, Maine , 19 miles away
Grafton Notch State Park, Maine , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sandy River - South Branch:
Evergreen Golf Club & Golf School, Rangeley , 13 miles away
Sugarloaf Golf Club, Carrabassett Valley , 14 miles away
Oakdale Country Club, Mexico , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Sandy River - South Branch
Webb Lake, Franklin , 7 miles away
Haley Pond, Franklin , 13 miles away
Mountain Pond, Franklin , 14 miles away

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