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Maine whitewater, Sandy River

Franklin county, Farmington Falls to New Sharon section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     6 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Maine are easier than the national norm, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. The Farmington Falls to New Sharon stretch of Sandy River is 6 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. A good workout and just
    hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance
then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. If you're coming from Augusta-Waterville it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The beautiful scenery of Franklin County and the playfulness of  
the water make the trip here worthwhile.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're going to Sandy River from New Sharon, you won't be the only one, and what would winter be without some skiing at Titcomb. Going for a hike on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail is always a good adventure. Through the days of summer at Sandy River highs are ordinarily in the 70's, and through the night it cools down to the 50's. During the winter highs are in the 20's, and overnight lows at Sandy River through the wintertime regularly plunge into the 0's. Sandy River gets a large amount of water.

Sandy River, Farmington Falls to New Sharon road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Sandy River.
 Whitewater Near Sandy River:
Sandy River, Franklin County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Farmington Falls to New Sharon)
Wilson Stream, Franklin County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 3.5 miles long (Wilton to East Wilton)
Temple Stream, Franklin County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.5 miles long (Drury Pond to Sandy River)
Carrabasset, Franklin Somerset County, 18 miles away
      Class I-IV - 20 miles long (Kingfield to US201A)
Sandy River, Franklin County, 19 miles away
      Class V - 0.1 miles long (Smalls Falls)
Cobbosseecontee Stream, Kennebec County, 20 miles away
      Class II - 11 miles long (Cobbosseecontee Lake to Pleasant Pond)
Sandy River, Franklin County, 22 miles away
      Class V - 2.5 miles long (Phillips through town)
Bowley Brook, Franklin County, 22 miles away
      Class V - 0.25 miles long (between Weld and Dryden)
Sandy Stream, Somerset County, 23 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Stony Brook to Michael Stream)
Sandy River, Franklin County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II - 17 miles long (Phillips to Fairbanks Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Sandy River:
Titcomb, Maine , 9 miles away, 350 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
Sugarloaf USA, Maine , 28 miles away, 2820 foot drop, 15 lifts, 129 runs
Lost Valley, Maine , 29 miles away, 240 foot drop, 2 lifts, 17 runs
Eaton Mountain, Maine , 30 miles away, 525 foot drop, 2 lifts, 15 runs
Saddleback, Maine , 37 miles away, 2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 64 runs
Black Mountain, Maine , 39 miles away, 1120 foot drop, 4 lifts, 21 runs
Mount Abram, Maine , 47 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 5 lifts, 39 runs
Sunday River, Maine , 56 miles away, 2340 foot drop, 18 lifts, 128 runs
Shawnee Peak, Maine , 60 miles away, 1300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
Camden, Maine , 66 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 3 lifts, 11 runs
 Hotels Near Sandy River:
Colonial Valley Motel, Farmington , 8 miles away
Mount Blue Motel, Farmington , 8 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites, Wilton , 8 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Augusta, Augusta , 22 miles away
Super 8 Augusta, Augusta , 22 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sandy River:
Nor-40 Campground, Farmington, 5 miles away
Twin Pond Campground, Farmington, 7 miles away
Nor 40 Campground, Franklin County, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Sandy River:
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Oxford , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sandy River:
Mt. Blue State Park, Maine , 24 miles away
Peacock Beach State Park, Maine , 26 miles away
Range Ponds State Park, Maine , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Sandy River:
Sandy River Golf Course, New Sharon , 1 miles away
Wilson Lake Country Club, Wilton , 11 miles away
Maple Lane Inn & Golf Club, Livermore Falls , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Sandy River
Echo Lake, Kennebec , 11 miles away
Torsey Lake, Kennebec , 12 miles away
Pocasset Lake, Kennebec , 14 miles away

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