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New Hampshire whitewater, Smarts Brook

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

 

CLASS V     1.5 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Laconia, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The scenic beauty of New Hampshire and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in New Hampshire is often tougher than elsewhere, so better not forget that many of
    the rivers here are not very forgiving. The beautiful White Mountains scenery is an added bonus. The Thornton section of Smarts Brook in New Hampshire is 1.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class V section
of whitewater. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. This is a bit of a short stretch so better bring some good walking shoes. There are many good hotels to choose from, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly
 
about the general area:
Smarts Brook is not far at all from Waterville Valley, and Center Harbor Town Beach is pretty close by if you're in a beach type of mood. So much cool stuff to do here in the White Mountains, too good to be true. You can never get enough of the great skiing at Waterville Valley; there's delightful hiking along the Welch Mountain Trail. This is a really good river. Good hiking is available along the Smarts Brook Trail. Smarts Brook gets a normal amount of precipitation. The month of August is the wettest with most of the rain, and the driest month of the year is February.

Smarts Brook, Thornton 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 Smarts Brook.
 Whitewater Near Smarts Brook:
Smarts Brook, Grafton County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 1.5 miles long (Thornton)
Beebe River, Grafton County, 3 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5 miles long (Sandwich Notch to Campton Hollow)
Mad River, Grafton County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.8 miles long (Highway 49 Bridge to Campton)
Mad River, Grafton County, 5 miles away
      Class III - 1 miles long (Gorge)
Pemigewasset River - Hancock Br., Grafton County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 6.2 miles long (Lincoln)
Pemigewasset River, Grafton County, 9 miles away
      Class I - 11.25 miles long (Woodstock to Campton)
Soucook River, Merrimack County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.5 miles long (Close to Concord New Hampshire)
Branch Brook, Grafton County, 10 miles away
      Class II-V - 3.3 miles long (Ellsworth to Branch Brook campground)
Swift River, Carroll/ Grafton County, 11 miles away
      Class I-III - 4 miles long (Bear Notch Road to Rocky Gorge)
Pemigewasset River - East Branch, Grafton County, 11 miles away
      Class IV - 8.92 miles long (Franconia Falls to Woodstock Highway)
 Ski Areas Near Smarts Brook:
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire , 4 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 , 16 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 48 runs
Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire , 17 miles away, 2180 foot drop, 9 lifts, 72 runs
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire , 20 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 100 runs
Gunstock, New Hampshire , 22 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Attitash Bear Peak, New Hampshire , 25 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 11 lifts, 78 runs
Abenaki, New Hampshire , 27 miles away, 100 foot drop, 2 lifts, 6 runs
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire , 28 miles away, 1250 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Wildcat Mountain, New Hampshire , 29 miles away, 2112 foot drop, 4 lifts, 47 runs
 Marinas Near Smarts Brook:
Asquam Marina at Holderness Harbor, Holderness , 8 miles away
Paugus Bay Marina, Meredith , 13 miles away
Meredith Marina, Meredith , 13 miles away
Thurston's Marina, Laconia , 16 miles away
Lakeport Landing, Laconia , 18 miles away
 Beaches Near Smarts Brook:
Center Harbor Town Beach, Belknap , 11 miles away
Endicott Park Beach, Belknap , 16 miles away
Gilford Beach, Belknap , 18 miles away
Moultonborough Town Beach, Carroll , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Smarts Brook:
BEST WESTERN Silver Fox Inn, Waterville Valley , 5 miles away
Northstar Inn, Waterville Valley , 5 miles away
Days Inn Campton, Campton , 8 miles away
Econo Lodge Near Plymouth State University, Plymouth , 10 miles away
The Lodge At Lincoln Station, Lincoln , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Smarts Brook:
Campton Family, Campton, 5 miles away
Waterville Valley, Waterville Valley, 5 miles away
Branch Brook Fourseason Campground, Campton, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Smarts Brook:
Smarts Brook Trail, Grafton , 1 miles away
Welch Mountain Trail, Grafton , 2 miles away
Dickey Mountain Trail, Grafton , 2 miles away
Algonquin Trail, Carroll , 2 miles away
Sosman Trail, Grafton , 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Smarts Brook:
Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire , 17 miles away
Wellington State Beach, New Hampshire , 19 miles away
Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Smarts Brook:
Waterville Valley Golf Course, Waterville Valley , 5 miles away
Brookstone Golf Course, Derry , 7 miles away
Cochecho Country Club, Dover , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Smarts Brook
Moosilauke Pond, Grafton , 6 miles away
Squam Lake, Belknap , 8 miles away
Wakondah Pond, Carroll , 10 miles away

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