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New Hampshire whitewater, Ashuelot River

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

 

CLASS II     4 miles
  This stretch of Ashuelot River in Cheshire County is 4 miles long and is a class II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The natural beauty of New Hampshire and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. The average New Hampshire whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many
    runs in this state are not easy. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Gilsum Gorge to Shaws Corner
stretch is just one of many. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. If you're coming from Keene it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with  
the area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch is mid length, it's good length for a morning trip.

Briefly about the general area:
Hammond Hollow is a pleasant place to check out close by; places like Rhododendron State Park are delightful to visit. People from Gilsum love to come to Ashuelot River. Summertime highs at Ashuelot River generally tend to be in the 80's, and during the night it cools down to the 50's. Highs during the winter are frequently in the 20's; night lows in the 0's for Ashuelot River. Ashuelot River is a good location of typical rainfall.

Ashuelot River, Gilsum Gorge to Shaws Corner 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)
Cold River, Cheshire/Sullivan County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.7 miles long (Vilas Pool to Alstead)
Ashuelot River, Cheshire County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.3 miles long (Marlow to Gilsum Gorge)
Cold River, Cheshire County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 2 miles long (Alstead to Drewsville)
Otter Brook, Chesire County, 7 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)
Otter Brook, Cheshire County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.2 miles long (East Sullivan to Otterbrook Park)
Minnewawa River, Cheshire County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.5 miles long (Marlborough recycling center to Otter Brook)
Ashuelot River - South Branch, Cheshire County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.3 miles long (Troy to Webb)
Ashuelot River, Cheshire County, 16 miles away
      Class II-IV - 3.5 miles long (Ashuelot to Hinsdale)
 Ski Areas Near Ashuelot River:
Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire , 21 miles away, 1510 foot drop, 10 lifts, 62 runs
Living Memorial Park, Vermont , 22 miles away, 204 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Ascutney, Vermont , 24 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 6 lifts, 57 runs
Whaleback, New Hampshire , 29 miles away, 700 foot drop, 7 lifts, 28 runs
Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire , 29 miles away, 875 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Magic Mountain, Vermont , 33 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 4 lifts, 40 runs
Okemo, Vermont , 34 miles away, 2210 foot drop, 19 lifts, 119 runs
Pine Ridge, Massachusetts , 35 miles away, 200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 8 runs
Pats Peak, New Hampshire , 35 miles away, 710 foot drop, 8 lifts, 21 runs
Suicide Six, Vermont , 36 miles away, 650 foot drop, 3 lifts, 22 runs
 Marinas Near Ashuelot River:
Marina Restaurant, Brattleboro , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Ashuelot River:
Fairfield Inn & Suites Keene Downtown, Keene , 6 miles away
Courtyard Keene Downtown, Keene , 6 miles away
Holiday Inn Express KEENE, Keene , 6 miles away
Days Inn Keene NH, Keene , 6 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Sovereign Hotel, Keene , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Ashuelot River:
Surry Mountain Campground, Keene, 4 miles away
Wheelock Park Camp Ground, Keene, 5 miles away
Hilltop Camp, Sullivan, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Ashuelot River:
Marlboro Trail, Cheshire , 15 miles away
Farmers Trail, Cheshire , 15 miles away
White Arrow Trail, Cheshire , 16 miles away
Red Cross Trail, Cheshire , 17 miles away
Pumpelly Trail, Cheshire , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Ashuelot River:
Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor, Putnam - CT , 65 miles away
Rhododendron State Park, New Hampshire , 15 miles away
Monadnock State Park, New Hampshire , 17 miles away
Pillsbury State Park, New Hampshire , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Ashuelot River:
Bretwood Golf Course, Keene , 3 miles away
Hooper Golf Club, Walpole , 7 miles away
Pine Grove Spring Country Club, Spofford , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Ashuelot River
Otter Brook Lake, Cheshire , 7 miles away
Swanzey Lake, Cheshire , 10 miles away
Spofford Lake, Cheshire , 11 miles away

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