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New Hampshire whitewater, Saco River - East Branch

Carroll county, Route 302 at Lower Bartlett section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV     2.1 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in New Hampshire are harder than the national norm, so don't forget that many runs in this state are not easy. The natural beauty of New Hampshire and the playfulness of the water beats anything. The starting point is not too far from Laconia, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people
    coming here. The Route 302 at Lower Bartlett section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. This section is quite short so no need to bring snacks. This stretch of Saco River - East Branch in Carroll County
is 2.1 miles long and it is classified as a class IV section by American Whitewater. No need to look hard for hotels, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that around here. Whitewater paddling here in the White Mountains  
is a great experience.

Briefly about the general area:
White Mountain National Forest is a glorious place to explore on a pretty day, and lots of people from Intervale come here. Man, is there plenty of exciting things to do in the White Mountains. There is a perfect hiking trail right next door to Saco River - East Branch called the Number Five Ski Trail, and lovely scenery and fine skiing is what you acquire at Black Mountain. At this river you will never have a bad time. Going for a hike on the New Path Trail is always a glorious adventure. Mt. Washington State Park is both good and charming, and it's right next door to Saco River - East Branch.

Saco River - East Branch, Route 302 at Lower Bartlett road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Saco River - East Branch.
 Whitewater Near Saco River - East Branch:
Saco River - East Branch, Carroll County, 1 miles away
      Class IV - 2.1 miles long (Route 302 at Lower Bartlett)
Ellis River, Carroll County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6 miles long (Route 16 to Jackson Golf Course)
Rocky Branch, Carroll County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.2 miles long (Jericho Road and Route 302)
Swift River, Carroll County, 9 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 5.35 miles long (Lower Falls to Darby Field sign)
Peabody River, Coos County, 12 miles away
      Class IV - 5 miles long (Route 16 to Gorham)
Whitewater Outfitter - Rapid River Rafting, Carroll County, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Peabody River - West Branch, Coos County, 14 miles away
      Class V - 5.5 miles long (Chandler Brook to Peabody River)
Saco River, Carroll County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.2 miles long (Crawford Notch to Bartlett)
Dry River, Coos County, 15 miles away
      Class V - 1.5 miles long (Dry River Trail to Dry River Campground)
Wild River, Oxford County, 15 miles away
      Class II-IV - 3 miles long (Hastings to Gilead)
 Ski Areas Near Saco River - East Branch:
Black Mountain, New Hampshire , 3 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 4 lifts, 40 runs
Cranmore Mountain, New Hampshire , 3 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 10 lifts, 39 runs
Attitash Bear Peak, New Hampshire , 7 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 11 lifts, 78 runs
Wildcat Mountain, New Hampshire , 10 miles away, 2112 foot drop, 4 lifts, 47 runs
King Pine, New Hampshire , 13 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 16 runs
Shawnee Peak, Maine , 23 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire , 23 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 100 runs
Abenaki, New Hampshire , 26 miles away, 100 foot drop, 2 lifts, 6 runs
Sunday River, Maine , 27 miles away, 2340 foot drop, 18 lifts, 128 runs
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire , 28 miles away, 2020 foot drop, 11 lifts, 52 runs
 Marinas Near Saco River - East Branch:
Kezar Lake Marina, Lovell , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Saco River - East Branch:
White Trellis Motel, North Conway , 2 miles away
Eastern Inns, North Conway , 3 miles away
Inn At Thorn Hill And Spa, Jackson , 3 miles away
Eastern Slope Inn Resort, North Conway , 3 miles away
Kearsarge Inn, North Conway , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Saco River - East Branch:
Crawford Notch General Store and Campground, Bartlett, 2 miles away
Beach Camping Area The, North Conway, 3 miles away
Saco River Camping Area, North Conway, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Saco River - East Branch:
Number Five Ski Trail, Carroll , 1 miles away
New Path Trail, Carroll , 2 miles away
Old Path Trail, Carroll , 3 miles away
Doublehead Ski Trail, Carroll , 3 miles away
Mount Pequawket Trail, Carroll , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Saco River - East Branch:
White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire , 10 miles away
Mt. Washington State Park, New Hampshire , 14 miles away
White Lake State Park, New Hampshire , 14 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Saco River - East Branch:
North Conway Country Club, North Conway , 3 miles away
Red Barn, South Berwick , 13 miles away
Lake Kezar Country Club, Lovell , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Saco River - East Branch
Conway Lake, Carroll , 9 miles away
Ossipee Lake, Carroll , 16 miles away
Little Dan Hole Pond, Carroll , 19 miles away

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