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New Hampshire whitewater, Little Suncook

Merrimack county, Northwood to Gossville section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV     3.1 miles
  The nature scenery of Merrimack County and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside New Hampshire you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. This section is quite short so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. This stretch of Little Suncook in New Hampshire is 3.1 miles
    long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV section. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Northwood to Gossville section is one of them. There are campgrounds quite near the
river where you can camp. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of places for that. If you're coming from Laconia it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down.

Briefly about the general area:
There is a perfect hiking trail near Little Suncook called
 
the Campground Trail; magnificent skiing awaits you at McIntyre. Going for a hike on the Catamount Trail is always a delightful adventure, and while here here do stop at close by Alton Town Beach. This is such a wonderful river. A visit to Pawtuckaway State Park revitalizes the spirit; there are plenty of people from Epsom here. Put some time aside to spend at Steeles Falls if you're here at Little Suncook. Bear Brook State Park is a nice place. At Little Suncook during the long summer days highs are in the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures dip down into the 50's. Daytime highs through the wintertime are in the 20's while the cold winter nights at Little Suncook are in the 0's.

Little Suncook, Northwood to Gossville 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 Little Suncook.
 Whitewater Near Little Suncook:
Little Suncook, Merrimack County, 2 miles away
      Class IV - 3.1 miles long (Northwood to Gossville)
Suncook River, Merrimack County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 6 miles long (Pittsfield to North Chichester)
Suncook River, Belknap County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.3 miles long (Suncook dam to Center Barnstead)
North River, -blank- County, 15 miles away
      Class II - 3 miles long (Nottingham)
Merrimack River, Hillsborough County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 5.3 miles long (Amoskeag Falls to Goffs Falls)
Piscataquog River, Hillsborough County, 20 miles away
      Class II - 2.4 miles long (Goffstown)
Winnipesaukee River, Belknap County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.1 miles long (Upper)
Souhegan River, Hillsborough County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II - -blank- miles long (Indian Ledges)
Winnipesaukee River, Belknap / Merrimack County, 24 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.25 miles long (Cross Mill bridge road to Franklin)
Merrimack River, Merrimack County, 26 miles away
      Class I - 18 miles long (Franklin to Penacook)
 Ski Areas Near Little Suncook:
McIntyre, New Hampshire , 14 miles away, 300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Gunstock, New Hampshire , 16 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Abenaki, New Hampshire , 20 miles away, 100 foot drop, 2 lifts, 6 runs
Bradford, Massachusetts , 30 miles away, 300 foot drop, 8 lifts, 13 runs
Pats Peak, New Hampshire , 33 miles away, 710 foot drop, 8 lifts, 21 runs
King Pine, New Hampshire , 36 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 16 runs
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire , 38 miles away, 1250 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire , 40 miles away, 875 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire , 40 miles away, 2020 foot drop, 11 lifts, 52 runs
Tenney Mountain, New Hampshire , 41 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 48 runs
 Marinas Near Little Suncook:
West Alton Marina & Boat, Alton Bay , 16 miles away
Roberts Cove Basin, Alton , 18 miles away
Mountain View Yacht Club, Gilford , 19 miles away
Silver Sands Marina, Gilford , 19 miles away
Lakeport Landing, Laconia , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Little Suncook:
Alton Town Beach, Belknap , 14 miles away
Wolfeboro Town Beach, Carroll , 19 miles away
Brewster Beach, Carroll , 20 miles away
Gilford Beach, Belknap , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Little Suncook:
Stephen Clay Homestead B&B, Candia , 8 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Hooksett, Hooksett , 13 miles away
Fireside Inn And Suites- W Leb, Lebanon , 14 miles away
BEST WESTERN Concord Inn & Suites, Concord , 14 miles away
Residence Inn Concord, Concord , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little Suncook:
Blake's Brook Campground, Epsom, 1 miles away
Circle 9 Ranch Campground, Epsom, 2 miles away
Epsom Valley Campground, Epsom, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Little Suncook:
Campground Trail, Rockingham , 5 miles away
Catamount Trail, Merrimack , 5 miles away
Onemile Trail, Merrimack , 6 miles away
Broken Boulder Smith Pond Trail, Merrimack , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Little Suncook:
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Boston - MA , 47 miles away
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Woonsocket - RI , 63 miles away
Bear Brook State Park, New Hampshire , 3 miles away
Pawtuckaway State Park, New Hampshire , 11 miles away
Lawrence Heritage State Park, Massachusetts , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little Suncook:
Nippo Lake Golf Club, Barrington , 6 miles away
Candia Woods Golf Links, Candia , 9 miles away
The Oaks Golf Links, Somersworth , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Little Suncook
Northwood Lake, Rockingham , 4 miles away
Jenness Pond, Rockingham , 5 miles away
Lower Suncook Lake, Belknap , 8 miles away

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