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New Hampshire whitewater, Ashuelot River

Cheshire county, Marlow to Gilsum Gorge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     5.3 miles
  This stretch of Ashuelot River in New Hampshire is 5.3 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in New Hampshire is often tougher than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing
    to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. This river
system is full of great paddling stretches, the Marlow to Gilsum Gorge stretch is just one of them. This stretch has has enough mileage, good for a one day paddling trip. The wonderful New Hampshire scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around  
here. The starting point is not too far from Keene, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike along the Farmers Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this area. Pillsbury State Park is a fine place to stretch your legs a bit, and hiking along the Marlboro Trail is magnificent fun. This river has so much to offer. While you're here at Ashuelot River you will meet lots of people from nearby Gilsum. Rhododendron State Park is a wonderful spot any time of year. Summer brings highs in the 80's to Ashuelot River with overnight lows in the 50's.

Ashuelot River, Marlow to Gilsum Gorge 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 Ashuelot River.
 Whitewater Near Ashuelot River:
Ashuelot River, Cheshire County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Gilsum Gorge to Shaws Corner)
Ashuelot River, Cheshire County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.3 miles long (Marlow to Gilsum Gorge)
Otter Brook, Cheshire County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.2 miles long (East Sullivan to Otterbrook Park)
Otter Brook, Chesire County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 3.1 miles long (Roxbury to Keene)
Cold River, Sullivan County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 5.5 miles long (South Acworth to Vilas Pool)
Minnewawa River, Cheshire County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.5 miles long (Marlborough recycling center to Otter Brook)
Cold River, Cheshire/Sullivan County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.7 miles long (Vilas Pool to Alstead)
Cold River, Cheshire County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 2 miles long (Alstead to Drewsville)
Ashuelot River - South Branch, Cheshire County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.3 miles long (Troy to Webb)
Contoocook River - North Branch, Hillsborough County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (Route 9 and 123 to Hillsboro Fire Station)
 Ski Areas Near Ashuelot River:
Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire , 18 miles away, 1510 foot drop, 10 lifts, 62 runs
Ascutney, Vermont , 25 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 6 lifts, 57 runs
Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire , 26 miles away, 875 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Living Memorial Park, Vermont , 26 miles away, 204 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Whaleback, New Hampshire , 28 miles away, 700 foot drop, 7 lifts, 28 runs
Pats Peak, New Hampshire , 31 miles away, 710 foot drop, 8 lifts, 21 runs
Pine Ridge, Massachusetts , 35 miles away, 200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 8 runs
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire , 35 miles away, 1250 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Suicide Six, Vermont , 37 miles away, 650 foot drop, 3 lifts, 22 runs
Magic Mountain, Vermont , 37 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 4 lifts, 40 runs
 Marinas Near Ashuelot River:
Sargents Marina, Sunapee , 20 miles away
 Beaches Near Ashuelot River:
State Park Beach, Merrimack , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Ashuelot River:
Courtyard Keene Downtown, Keene , 7 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Keene Downtown, Keene , 7 miles away
Holiday Inn Express KEENE, Keene , 8 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Sovereign Hotel, Keene , 8 miles away
Days Inn Keene NH, Keene , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Ashuelot River:
Hilltop Camp, Sullivan, 3 miles away
Surry Mountain Campground, Keene, 6 miles away
Wheelock Park Camp Ground, Keene, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Ashuelot River:
Marlboro Trail, Cheshire , 13 miles away
Farmers Trail, Cheshire , 13 miles away
White Arrow Trail, Cheshire , 14 miles away
Pumpelly Trail, Cheshire , 14 miles away
Red Cross Trail, Cheshire , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Ashuelot River:
Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor, Putnam - CT , 64 miles away
Pillsbury State Park, New Hampshire , 14 miles away
Rhododendron State Park, New Hampshire , 14 miles away
Monadnock State Park, New Hampshire , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Ashuelot River:
Bretwood Golf Course, Keene , 6 miles away
Hooper Golf Club, Walpole , 11 miles away
Pine Grove Spring Country Club, Spofford , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Ashuelot River
Otter Brook Lake, Cheshire , 6 miles away
Ashuelot Pond, Sullivan , 8 miles away
Stone Pond, Cheshire , 10 miles away

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