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New Hampshire whitewater, Suncook River

Merrimack county, Pittsfield to North Chichester section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II+(III)     6 miles
  This stretch of Suncook River in Merrimack County is 6 miles long and is a class I-II+(III) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The nature scenery of New Hampshire and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master in this state than those in other states, so keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not
    easy. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater
rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places. The put-in is not too far from Laconia, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Pittsfield to North Chichester stretch is one of them. This stretch has has enough mileage, you can easily run it on an afternoon. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.  
Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Suncook River you'll probably meet some folks from Pittsfield; you should without doubt visit striking Alton Town Beach since you're here. Pawtuckaway State Park is a pretty place any time of year, and do take a hike on the Catamount Trail. This river is so wonderful. Gunstock is a splendid local ski area, and Suncook River is right by the Onemile Trail. Bear Brook State Park is a good site to stretch your legs a bit. A common amount of rainfall falls here at Suncook River.

Suncook River, Pittsfield to North Chichester 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 Suncook River.
 Whitewater Near Suncook River:
Suncook River, Merrimack County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 6 miles long (Pittsfield to North Chichester)
Little Suncook, Merrimack County, 4 miles away
      Class IV - 3.1 miles long (Northwood to Gossville)
Suncook River, Belknap County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.3 miles long (Suncook dam to Center Barnstead)
Merrimack River, Hillsborough County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 5.3 miles long (Amoskeag Falls to Goffs Falls)
North River, -blank- County, 17 miles away
      Class II - 3 miles long (Nottingham)
Winnipesaukee River, Belknap County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.1 miles long (Upper)
Piscataquog River, Hillsborough County, 20 miles away
      Class II - 2.4 miles long (Goffstown)
Winnipesaukee River, Belknap / Merrimack County, 22 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.25 miles long (Cross Mill bridge road to Franklin)
Merrimack River, Merrimack County, 23 miles away
      Class I - 18 miles long (Franklin to Penacook)
Souhegan River, Hillsborough County, 24 miles away
      Class I-II - -blank- miles long (Indian Ledges)
 Ski Areas Near Suncook River:
Gunstock, New Hampshire , 14 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
McIntyre, New Hampshire , 15 miles away, 300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Abenaki, New Hampshire , 19 miles away, 100 foot drop, 2 lifts, 6 runs
Pats Peak, New Hampshire , 32 miles away, 710 foot drop, 8 lifts, 21 runs
Bradford, Massachusetts , 33 miles away, 300 foot drop, 8 lifts, 13 runs
King Pine, New Hampshire , 35 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 16 runs
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire , 36 miles away, 1250 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire , 37 miles away, 2020 foot drop, 11 lifts, 52 runs
Tenney Mountain, New Hampshire , 38 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 48 runs
Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire , 39 miles away, 875 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Suncook River:
West Alton Marina & Boat, Alton Bay , 14 miles away
Roberts Cove Basin, Alton , 16 miles away
Mountain View Yacht Club, Gilford , 16 miles away
Silver Sands Marina, Gilford , 17 miles away
Lakeport Landing, Laconia , 17 miles away
 Beaches Near Suncook River:
Alton Town Beach, Belknap , 13 miles away
Wolfeboro Town Beach, Carroll , 17 miles away
Gilford Beach, Belknap , 17 miles away
Brewster Beach, Carroll , 18 miles away
Endicott Park Beach, Belknap , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Suncook River:
Stephen Clay Homestead B&B, Candia , 10 miles away
Fireside Inn And Suites- W Leb, Lebanon , 13 miles away
BEST WESTERN Concord Inn & Suites, Concord , 13 miles away
Residence Inn Concord, Concord , 14 miles away
Comfort Inn Concord, Concord , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Suncook River:
Hillcrest Campground and Cabins, Pittsfield, 2 miles away
Lazy River Family Campground, Epsom, 2 miles away
Circle 9 Ranch Campground, Epsom, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Suncook River:
Onemile Trail, Merrimack , 6 miles away
Catamount Trail, Merrimack , 7 miles away
Campground Trail, Rockingham , 8 miles away
Broken Boulder Smith Pond Trail, Merrimack , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Suncook River:
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Boston - MA , 50 miles away
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Woonsocket - RI , 65 miles away
Bear Brook State Park, New Hampshire , 4 miles away
Pawtuckaway State Park, New Hampshire , 13 miles away
Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest, Massachusetts , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Suncook River:
Nippo Lake Golf Club, Barrington , 4 miles away
Loudon Country Club, Loudon , 10 miles away
Plausawa Valley Country Club, Pembroke , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Suncook River
Northwood Lake, Rockingham , 6 miles away
Jenness Pond, Rockingham , 6 miles away
Upper Suncook Lake, Belknap , 7 miles away

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