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New Hampshire whitewater, Swift River

Carroll county, Rocky Gorge to Lower Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     2.6 miles
  The natural beauty of Carroll County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. The starting location is a short drive from Laconia, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The White Mountains scenery is wonderful. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you
    might end up sleeping in your car. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good places for that around here. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Rocky Gorge to Lower Falls
stretch is just one of many. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people. The Rocky Gorge to Lower Falls section of Swift River in New Hampshire is 2.6 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV section. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in New Hampshire are harder than the national norm, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the sections here are not  
safe for beginners. This is a somewhat short section so no need to bring snacks.

Briefly about the general area:
What would winter be without some skiing at Attitash Bear Peak, and of course, everyone loves White Lake State Park. And that's not everything you can do here in the White Mountains. At Swift River you always meet someone from Bartlett, and since you're here you can take a hike along the Rob Brook Trail. This river has it all. Crawford Notch State Park is a magnificent place; on a delightful day you can take a hike along the Brunel Trail. Swift River gets a typical amount of yearly precipitation.

Swift River, Rocky Gorge to Lower Falls 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:
Saco River, Carroll County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 6.2 miles long (Crawford Notch to Bartlett)
Sawyer River, Carroll County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 3.5 miles long (Livermore)
Swift River, Carroll County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.6 miles long (Rocky Gorge to Lower Falls)
Swift River, Carroll County, 6 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 5.35 miles long (Lower Falls to Darby Field sign)
Wonalancet, Carroll County, 6 miles away
      Class III - 4.25 miles long (Route 113A to Tamworth)
Rocky Branch, Carroll County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.2 miles long (Jericho Road and Route 302)
Dry River, Coos County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 1.5 miles long (Dry River Trail to Dry River Campground)
Swift River, Carroll/ Grafton County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 4 miles long (Bear Notch Road to Rocky Gorge)
Bearcamp River, Carroll County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 3.5 miles long (Bennett Corner to Whittier)
Cold Brook, Carrol County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 1.4 miles long (Route 25 to Bearcamp River)
 Ski Areas Near Swift River:
Attitash Bear Peak, New Hampshire , 8 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 11 lifts, 78 runs
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire , 14 miles away, 2020 foot drop, 11 lifts, 52 runs
Black Mountain, New Hampshire , 14 miles away, 1100 foot drop, 4 lifts, 40 runs
Wildcat Mountain, New Hampshire , 14 miles away, 2112 foot drop, 4 lifts, 47 runs
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire , 15 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 100 runs
Cranmore Mountain, New Hampshire , 15 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 10 lifts, 39 runs
King Pine, New Hampshire , 18 miles away, 350 foot drop, 6 lifts, 16 runs
Loon Mountain, New Hampshire , 21 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 10 lifts, 45 runs
Abenaki, New Hampshire , 21 miles away, 100 foot drop, 2 lifts, 6 runs
Gunstock, New Hampshire , 24 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
 Beaches Near Swift River:
Moultonborough Town Beach, Carroll , 17 miles away
Center Harbor Town Beach, Belknap , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Swift River:
The Bartlett Inn, Bartlett , 5 miles away
Seasons At Attitash, Bartlett , 5 miles away
Attitash Grand Summit Hotel, Bartlett , 7 miles away
Villager Motel, Bartlett , 7 miles away
Attitash Mountain Village Resort, Bartlett , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Swift River:
Jigger Johnson Campground 1, Carroll County, 1 miles away
Passaconaway Campground, Carroll County, 3 miles away
Pass Campground, Carroll County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Swift River:
Rob Brook Trail, Carroll , 0 miles away
Brunel Trail, Carroll , 2 miles away
Bear Mountain Trail, Carroll , 2 miles away
Passaconaway Trail, Carroll , 2 miles away
Oliverian Brook Trail, Carroll , 2 miles away
 Public Lands Near Swift River:
Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire , 11 miles away
White Lake State Park, New Hampshire , 11 miles away
Mt. Washington State Park, New Hampshire , 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Swift River:
Golf Club Of New England, Stratham , 12 miles away
Waterville Valley Golf Course, Waterville Valley , 12 miles away
Kona Mansion Inn, Center Harbor , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Swift River
Carrigain Pond, Grafton , 10 miles away
Little Dan Hole Pond, Carroll , 16 miles away
Lake Kanasatka, Carroll , 17 miles away

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