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New Hampshire whitewater, Smith River

Merrimack Grafton county, Route 104 to Bristol section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV     1.75 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Concord, as you can see on the road map further down. The wonderful Merrimack / Grafton County scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water have people coming here. The beauty of the White Mountains is a great plus for this river. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The average New Hampshire whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder
    to run than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here
you'll find a large number of good spots. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Route 104 to Bristol section is one of them. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. This stretch is short so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. The Route 104 to Bristol section of Smith River is 1.75 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a  
class IV section. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
Really pleasant skiing awaits you at Ragged Mountain; hiking is a popular thing to do around Smith River; Melton Falls Trail is a good local trail. All year is a good time in the White Mountains if you go for the outdoors. Hit the beach if you want, Wadleigh State Beach is practically right here. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Manning Trail, and Wellington State Beach is a beautiful site any time of year.

Smith River, Route 104 to Bristol road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Smith River.
 Whitewater Near Smith River:
Smith River, Merrimack / Grafton County, 1 miles away
      Class IV - 1.75 miles long (Route 104 to Bristol)
Newfound River River, Grafton County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 1.5 miles long (Newfound lake to Bristol)
Pemigewasset River, Grafton/ Belknap County, 5 miles away
      Class II(III) - 1.6 miles long (Ayers Island dam to Coolidge)
Fowler River, Grafton County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 5.9 miles long (Alexandria)
Halls Brook, -blank- County, 11 miles away
      Class V - 2.6 miles long (Halls Brook Road to Highway 25)
Merrimack River, Merrimack County, 12 miles away
      Class I - 18 miles long (Franklin to Penacook)
Winnipesaukee River, Belknap / Merrimack County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.25 miles long (Cross Mill bridge road to Franklin)
Blackwater River, Merrimack County, 14 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Route 127 to Snyder's Mill)
Baker River - South Branch, Grafton County, 17 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Dorchester)
Warner River, Merrimack County, 17 miles away
      Class IV - 5.15 miles long (Melvin Mills to Warner)
 Ski Areas Near Smith River:
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire , 5 miles away, 1250 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Tenney Mountain, New Hampshire , 10 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 48 runs
Pats Peak, New Hampshire , 20 miles away, 710 foot drop, 8 lifts, 21 runs
Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire , 23 miles away, 1510 foot drop, 10 lifts, 62 runs
Whaleback, New Hampshire , 27 miles away, 700 foot drop, 7 lifts, 28 runs
Loon Mountain, New Hampshire , 27 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 10 lifts, 45 runs
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire , 28 miles away, 2020 foot drop, 11 lifts, 52 runs
Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire , 28 miles away, 875 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Gunstock, New Hampshire , 30 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire , 32 miles away, 2180 foot drop, 9 lifts, 72 runs
 Marinas Near Smith River:
Asquam Marina at Holderness Harbor, Holderness , 17 miles away
Jay's Marina, Tilton , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Smith River:
Wadleigh State Beach, Merrimack , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Smith River:
Red Carpet Inn And Suites Plymouth, Plymouth , 12 miles away
Comfort Inn Ashland, Ashland , 13 miles away
Econo Lodge Near Plymouth State University, Plymouth , 13 miles away
Cheney House, Ashland , 13 miles away
The Maples At Warner, Warner , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Smith River:
Blueberry Shores Campground, Bristol, 4 miles away
Bear Mountain Rustic Campground LLC, Alexandria, 5 miles away
Camp Kenwood & Evergreen, Andover, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Smith River:
Melton Falls Trail, Grafton , 6 miles away
Manning Trail, Grafton , 8 miles away
Holt Trail, Grafton , 8 miles away
Clark Trail, Grafton , 8 miles away
Wilmot Trail, Merrimack , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Smith River:
Wellington State Beach, New Hampshire , 5 miles away
Rollins State Park, New Hampshire , 8 miles away
Winslow State Park, New Hampshire , 9 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Smith River:
Ragged Mountain Ski Resort, Danbury , 5 miles away
Den Brae Golf Course, Sanbornton , 12 miles away
Country Club of NH, North Sutton , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Smith River
Newfound Lake, Grafton , 5 miles away
Webster Lake, Merrimack , 9 miles away
Orange Pond, Grafton , 11 miles away

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