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New Hampshire whitewater, Mad River

Grafton county, Highway 49 Bridge to Campton section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     7.8 miles
  The starting location is a reasonable drive from Laconia, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The natural beauty of New Hampshire and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. Great exercise and just being out on the river
    for a while are great reasons to come. The Highway 49 Bridge to Campton section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. No shortage of good hotels, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.
On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good places. When you're paddling down a White Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. The Highway 49 Bridge to Campton section of Mad River in New Hampshire is 7.8 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater  
    as a class III-IV section. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Mad River is not far at all from Waterville Valley; Shell Cascade is always fun to check out. Not enough
  hours in a day to enjoy the White Mountains. Hit the slopes at Waterville Valley close at hand, and good hiking is available along the Smarts Brook Trail. This river is so good. Center Harbor Town Beach is near Mad River and is a gorgeous beach to visit; hiking is a popular thing to do around Mad River; Welch Mountain Trail is a great local trail. Throughout the warmest time of the year here at Mad River, high temperatures generally get into the 70's.

Mad River, Highway 49 Bridge to Campton road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Mad River.
 Whitewater Near Mad River:
Smarts Brook, Grafton County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 1.5 miles long (Thornton)
Mad River, Grafton County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.8 miles long (Highway 49 Bridge to Campton)
Beebe River, Grafton County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5 miles long (Sandwich Notch to Campton Hollow)
Mad River, Grafton County, 6 miles away
      Class III - 1 miles long (Gorge)
Pemigewasset River - Hancock Br., Grafton County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 6.2 miles long (Lincoln)
Soucook River, Merrimack County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.5 miles long (Close to Concord New Hampshire)
Pemigewasset River, Grafton County, 9 miles away
      Class I - 11.25 miles long (Woodstock to Campton)
Swift River, Carroll/ Grafton County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 4 miles long (Bear Notch Road to Rocky Gorge)
Pemigewasset River - East Branch, Grafton County, 9 miles away
      Class IV - 8.92 miles long (Franconia Falls to Woodstock Highway)
Pemigewasset River, Grafton County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 4.25 miles long (Woodstock)
 Ski Areas Near Mad River:
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire , 3 miles away, 2020 foot drop, 11 lifts, 52 runs
Loon Mountain, New Hampshire , 9 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 10 lifts, 45 runs
Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire , 17 miles away, 2180 foot drop, 9 lifts, 72 runs
Tenney Mountain, New Hampshire , 17 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 48 runs
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire , 18 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 100 runs
Gunstock, New Hampshire , 23 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Attitash Bear Peak, New Hampshire , 24 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 11 lifts, 78 runs
Abenaki, New Hampshire , 27 miles away, 100 foot drop, 2 lifts, 6 runs
Wildcat Mountain, New Hampshire , 28 miles away, 2112 foot drop, 4 lifts, 47 runs
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire , 29 miles away, 1250 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
 Marinas Near Mad River:
Asquam Marina at Holderness Harbor, Holderness , 9 miles away
Paugus Bay Marina, Meredith , 13 miles away
Meredith Marina, Meredith , 14 miles away
Thurston's Marina, Laconia , 17 miles away
Lakeport Landing, Laconia , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Mad River:
Center Harbor Town Beach, Belknap , 12 miles away
Endicott Park Beach, Belknap , 17 miles away
Moultonborough Town Beach, Carroll , 19 miles away
Gilford Beach, Belknap , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Mad River:
BEST WESTERN Silver Fox Inn, Waterville Valley , 4 miles away
Northstar Inn, Waterville Valley , 4 miles away
Days Inn Campton, Campton , 9 miles away
Innseason Resorts Pollard Brook, Lincoln , 10 miles away
Village Of Loon Mountain, Lincoln , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Mad River:
Osceola Vista Campground - White Mountain National Forest, Laconia, 4 miles away
Goose Hollow Camp and RV Park, Thornton, 6 miles away
Branch Brook Fourseason Campground, Campton, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Mad River:
Smarts Brook Trail, Grafton , 1 miles away
Welch Mountain Trail, Grafton , 2 miles away
Algonquin Trail, Carroll , 2 miles away
Dickey Mountain Trail, Grafton , 3 miles away
Sosman Trail, Grafton , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Mad River:
Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire , 16 miles away
Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire , 20 miles away
Wellington State Beach, New Hampshire , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Mad River:
Waterville Valley Golf Course, Waterville Valley , 4 miles away
Brookstone Golf Course, Derry , 7 miles away
Cochecho Country Club, Dover , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Mad River
Moosilauke Pond, Grafton , 7 miles away
Squam Lake, Belknap , 9 miles away
Wakondah Pond, Carroll , 10 miles away

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