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New Hampshire whitewater, Mad River

Grafton county, Gorge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III     1 miles
  The Gorge section of Mad River is 1 miles long and has been rated as a class III section by American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of New Hampshire and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. If you're coming from Laconia it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. The beautiful White Mountains scenery is an added bonus. Getting a good workout
    and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. This stretch is very short so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. There are nice comfortable hotels here, but do book a
room before you come because it is a very popular destination. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. The campgrounds here at Mad River are pretty good. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that around here. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so don't  
forget that a lot of the rivers here are not suitable for beginners.

Briefly about the general area:
The Dickey Mountain Trail offers hiking at its best; while you're here you will meet lots of folks from close by Campton. All the outdoors entertaining stuff in the White Mountains will keep you coming back time and again. Wellington State Beach is worth stopping at if you're at Mad River, and Mad River is right by the Welch Mountain Trail. At this river you will never have a bad time. Waterville Valley is a very popular ski area in the vicinity, and you ought to certainly stop at scenic Center Harbor Town Beach since you're here.

Mad River, 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 Mad River.
 Whitewater Near Mad River:
Mad River, Grafton County, 0 miles away
      Class III - 1 miles long (Gorge)
Branch Brook, Grafton County, 5 miles away
      Class II-V - 3.3 miles long (Ellsworth to Branch Brook campground)
Smarts Brook, Grafton County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 1.5 miles long (Thornton)
Pemigewasset River, Grafton County, 7 miles away
      Class I - 11.25 miles long (Woodstock to Campton)
Beebe River, Grafton County, 7 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5 miles long (Sandwich Notch to Campton Hollow)
Glover Brook, Grafton County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 1.9 miles long (Elbow Pond to Pemigewasset River)
Pemigewasset River, Grafton County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 4.25 miles long (Woodstock)
Mad River, Grafton County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.8 miles long (Highway 49 Bridge to Campton)
Soucook River, Merrimack County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.5 miles long (Close to Concord New Hampshire)
Pemigewasset River - Hancock Br., Grafton County, 12 miles away
      Class V - 6.2 miles long (Lincoln)
 Ski Areas Near Mad River:
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire , 9 miles away, 2020 foot drop, 11 lifts, 52 runs
Loon Mountain, New Hampshire , 10 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 10 lifts, 45 runs
Tenney Mountain, New Hampshire , 10 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 48 runs
Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire , 17 miles away, 2180 foot drop, 9 lifts, 72 runs
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire , 23 miles away, 1250 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire , 23 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 100 runs
Gunstock, New Hampshire , 24 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Attitash Bear Peak, New Hampshire , 30 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 11 lifts, 78 runs
Abenaki, New Hampshire , 31 miles away, 100 foot drop, 2 lifts, 6 runs
Wildcat Mountain, New Hampshire , 34 miles away, 2112 foot drop, 4 lifts, 47 runs
 Marinas Near Mad River:
Asquam Marina at Holderness Harbor, Holderness , 7 miles away
Paugus Bay Marina, Meredith , 14 miles away
Meredith Marina, Meredith , 14 miles away
Thurston's Marina, Laconia , 18 miles away
Lakeport Landing, Laconia , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Mad River:
Center Harbor Town Beach, Belknap , 14 miles away
Endicott Park Beach, Belknap , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Mad River:
Days Inn Campton, Campton , 3 miles away
Econo Lodge Near Plymouth State University, Plymouth , 5 miles away
Red Carpet Inn And Suites Plymouth, Plymouth , 7 miles away
Comfort Inn Ashland, Ashland , 8 miles away
Cheney House, Ashland , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Mad River:
Branch Brook Fourseason Campground, Campton, 0 miles away
Goose Hollow Camp and RV Park, Thornton, 0 miles away
Campton Family, Campton, 1 miles away
 Trails Near Mad River:
Dickey Mountain Trail, Grafton , 4 miles away
Welch Mountain Trail, Grafton , 5 miles away
Cascade Trail, Grafton , 5 miles away
Knockers Hole Trail, Grafton , 5 miles away
Peaked Hill Pond Trail, Grafton , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Mad River:
Wellington State Beach, New Hampshire , 14 miles away
Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire , 17 miles away
Cardigan State Park, New Hampshire , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Mad River:
Owl's Nest Golf Club, Campton , 3 miles away
Highland Links Golf Club, Holderness , 4 miles away
White Mountain Country Club, Ashland , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Mad River
Moosilauke Pond, Grafton , 3 miles away
Campton Bog Pond, Grafton , 5 miles away
Loon Lake, Grafton , 9 miles away

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