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New Hampshire whitewater, Swift River

Carroll Grafton county, Bear Notch Road to Rocky Gorge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     4 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so don't forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. The wonderful Carroll/ Grafton County scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This stretch is mid length, suitable for an afternoon trip. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit
    away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature have people
coming from far and near. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Bear Notch Road to Rocky Gorge stretch is just one of them. This stretch of Swift River is 4 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-III section. If you're coming from Laconia it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. The river winds through the White Mountains and you  
get great scenery. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good places. The campgrounds here at Swift River are pretty good.

Briefly about the general area:
The slopes of Waterville Valley are so inviting nobody can resist, and lots of folks from Waterville Valley come here. So much fun stuff in the White Mountains, just striking. Hiking along the Sawyer Run Trail is nice fun, and locations like Crawford Notch State Park are wonderful to stop by. This is such a great river. Have a great hiking adventure along the Swift River Trail.

Swift River, Bear Notch Road to Rocky 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 Swift River.
 Whitewater Near Swift River:
Swift River, Carroll/ Grafton County, 1 miles away
      Class I-III - 4 miles long (Bear Notch Road to Rocky Gorge)
Swift River, Carroll County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.6 miles long (Rocky Gorge to Lower Falls)
Sawyer River, Carroll County, 3 miles away
      Class V - 3.5 miles long (Livermore)
Mad River, Grafton County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 7.8 miles long (Highway 49 Bridge to Campton)
Pemigewasset River - Hancock Br., Grafton County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 6.2 miles long (Lincoln)
Saco River, Carroll County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.2 miles long (Crawford Notch to Bartlett)
Pemigewasset River - North Fork, Grafton County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 12.4 miles long (Lincoln)
Dry River, Coos County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 1.5 miles long (Dry River Trail to Dry River Campground)
Pemigewasset River - East Branch, Grafton County, 10 miles away
      Class IV - 8.92 miles long (Franconia Falls to Woodstock Highway)
Smarts Brook, Grafton County, 11 miles away
      Class V - 1.5 miles long (Thornton)
 Ski Areas Near Swift River:
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire , 7 miles away, 2020 foot drop, 11 lifts, 52 runs
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire , 12 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 100 runs
Loon Mountain, New Hampshire , 14 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 10 lifts, 45 runs
Attitash Bear Peak, New Hampshire , 14 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 11 lifts, 78 runs
Wildcat Mountain, New Hampshire , 18 miles away, 2112 foot drop, 4 lifts, 47 runs
Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire , 20 miles away, 2180 foot drop, 9 lifts, 72 runs
Black Mountain, New Hampshire , 20 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 4 lifts, 40 runs
Cranmore Mountain, New Hampshire , 22 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 10 lifts, 39 runs
Gunstock, New Hampshire , 25 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Abenaki, New Hampshire , 25 miles away, 100 foot drop, 2 lifts, 6 runs
 Marinas Near Swift River:
Asquam Marina at Holderness Harbor, Holderness , 18 miles away
Paugus Bay Marina, Meredith , 19 miles away
Meredith Marina, Meredith , 19 miles away
 Beaches Near Swift River:
Center Harbor Town Beach, Belknap , 16 miles away
Moultonborough Town Beach, Carroll , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Swift River:
Northstar Inn, Waterville Valley , 6 miles away
BEST WESTERN Silver Fox Inn, Waterville Valley , 6 miles away
Villager Motel, Bartlett , 8 miles away
The Bartlett Inn, Bartlett , 11 miles away
Seasons At Attitash, Bartlett , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Swift River:
Sawyer Pond Shelter, Bartlett, 4 miles away
Pass Campground, Carroll County, 5 miles away
Passaconaway Campground, Carroll County, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Swift River:
Sawyer Run Trail, Grafton , 1 miles away
Swift River Trail, Grafton , 1 miles away
Waterville Cutoff Trail, Grafton , 1 miles away
Pine Bend Brook Trail, Grafton , 2 miles away
Hancock Notch Trail, Grafton , 2 miles away
 Public Lands Near Swift River:
Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire , 11 miles away
Mt. Washington State Park, New Hampshire , 15 miles away
White Lake State Park, New Hampshire , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Swift River:
Waterville Valley Golf Course, Waterville Valley , 6 miles away
Kona Mansion Inn, Center Harbor , 14 miles away
Brookstone Golf Course, Derry , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Swift River
Carrigain Pond, Grafton , 4 miles away
Wakondah Pond, Carroll , 15 miles away
Squam Lake, Belknap , 15 miles away

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