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New Hampshire whitewater, Contoocook River - North Branch

Hillsborough county, Route 9 and 123 to Hillsboro Fire Station section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V     6 miles
  The natural beauty of Hillsborough County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water will make you feel great. If you're coming from Keene it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. This stretch of Contoocook River - North Branch in Hillsborough County is 6 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class V section of whitewater. This stretch is mid length, it's good
    length for a morning trip. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Route 9 and 123 to Hillsboro Fire Station
section is just one of them. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so keep in mind that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. 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. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Some people prefer whitewater  
rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that around here.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Contoocook River - North Branch you can take a hike along the Monadnock Sunapee Trail; nothing beats kicking back at Picnickers Beach. Head up to Crotched Mountain and strap some skis to your feet, and at Contoocook River - North Branch you always meet someone from Stoddard. This river has it all. Pillsbury State Park is a great place to have a look at, and if you're looking for a beach close by we recommend Campers Beach. If the weather is good here at Contoocook River - North Branch, you can go for a hike along the Pumpelly Trail.

Contoocook River - North Branch, Route 9 and 123 to Hillsboro Fire Station road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Contoocook River - North Branch.
 Whitewater Near Contoocook River - North Branch:
Contoocook River - North Branch, Hillsborough County, 3 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (Route 9 and 123 to Hillsboro Fire Station)
Contoocook River, Hillsborough County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Hillsborough to Henniker)
Otter Brook, Cheshire County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.2 miles long (East Sullivan to Otterbrook Park)
Contoocook River, Hillsborough County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 5 miles long (Jaffrey to Peterborough)
Warner River, Merrimack County, 13 miles away
      Class IV - 5.15 miles long (Melvin Mills to Warner)
Ashuelot River, Cheshire County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.3 miles long (Marlow to Gilsum Gorge)
Contoocook River, Hillsborough County, 14 miles away
      Class II(III) - 2 miles long (Henniker)
Minnewawa River, Cheshire County, 14 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.5 miles long (Marlborough recycling center to Otter Brook)
Ashuelot River - South Branch, Cheshire County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.3 miles long (Troy to Webb)
Otter Brook, Chesire County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 3.1 miles long (Roxbury to Keene)
 Ski Areas Near Contoocook River - North Branch:
Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire , 10 miles away, 875 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire , 14 miles away, 1510 foot drop, 10 lifts, 62 runs
Pats Peak, New Hampshire , 16 miles away, 710 foot drop, 8 lifts, 21 runs
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire , 25 miles away, 1250 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Whaleback, New Hampshire , 29 miles away, 700 foot drop, 7 lifts, 28 runs
Wachusett Mountain, Massachusetts , 30 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Pine Ridge, Massachusetts , 34 miles away, 200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 8 runs
Ascutney, Vermont , 37 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 6 lifts, 57 runs
Tenney Mountain, New Hampshire , 39 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 48 runs
McIntyre, New Hampshire , 40 miles away, 300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
 Marinas Near Contoocook River - North Branch:
Sargents Marina, Sunapee , 17 miles away
 Beaches Near Contoocook River - North Branch:
Picnickers Beach, Hillsborough , 10 miles away
Campers Beach, Hillsborough , 10 miles away
State Park Beach, Merrimack , 14 miles away
Wadleigh State Beach, Merrimack , 16 miles away
Dewey Beach, Sullivan , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Contoocook River - North Branch:
Maplehurst Inn, Antrim , 6 miles away
Jack Daniels Motor Inn, Peterborough , 11 miles away
Monadnock Inn, Jaffrey , 12 miles away
Colby Hill Inn, Henniker , 14 miles away
Sunapee Lake Lodge, Mount Sunapee , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Contoocook River - North Branch:
Seven Maples Campground, Hancock, 5 miles away
Field'n Forest Recreation Area, Hancock, 5 miles away
Cliffton's Country Camping, Hillsboro, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Contoocook River - North Branch:
Monadnock Sunapee Trail, Sullivan , 9 miles away
Pumpelly Trail, Cheshire , 10 miles away
Parker Trail, Cheshire , 11 miles away
Cascade Link Trail, Cheshire , 11 miles away
Harling Trail, Cheshire , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Contoocook River - North Branch:
Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor, Putnam - CT , 59 miles away
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Woonsocket - RI , 65 miles away
Pillsbury State Park, New Hampshire , 11 miles away
Monadnock State Park, New Hampshire , 11 miles away
Miller State Park, New Hampshire , 14 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Contoocook River - North Branch:
Angus Lea Golf Course, Hillsboro , 8 miles away
Monadnock Country Club, Peterborough , 10 miles away
Shattuck Golf Course, Jaffrey , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Contoocook River - North Branch
Gregg Lake, Hillsborough , 3 miles away
Hunts Pond, Hillsborough , 4 miles away
Island Pond, Cheshire , 4 miles away

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