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Massachusetts whitewater, North River

Franklin county, Halifax Vermont Gorge to Colrain section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     7 miles
  The average Massachusetts whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so keep in mind that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. The put-in is not too far from Springfield, as you can see on the road map further down. The Halifax Vermont Gorge to Colrain section of North River is 7 miles long and it is classified as a class II section by American Whitewater. Some
    people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance
because these hotels fill up quick. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Halifax Vermont Gorge to Colrain section is one of them. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon.

Briefly about the general area:
A journey to Fort Dummer
State Park when you're here at North River is a delightful idea, and on a tremendous day it's a delightful idea to spend the day at Horse Race. A visit to North River wouldn’t be complete without a tour to close by Molly Stark State Park. Hiking is a popular thing to do around North River; Mount Olga Trail is a delightful local trail. If you want to hit the beach, Greenfield Beach is in close proximity, and if you like skiing, you're in luck; Living Memorial Park is quite near. This is a popular site for people from Colrain, and why not take a refreshing hike along the Ghost Trail.

North River, Halifax Vermont Gorge to Colrain 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 North River.
 Whitewater Near North River:
North River, Franklin County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 7 miles long (Halifax Vermont Gorge to Colrain)
Green River, Windham / Franklin County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.8 miles long (Green River to West Leyden)
Whitewater Outfitter - Crab Apple Whitewater, Franklin County, 6 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Millers River - Lower, Franklin County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Erving to Millers Falls)
Deerfield River, Franklin County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Wilcox Hollow to Stillwater Bridge)
Green River, Franklin County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.6 miles long (West Leyden to covered bridge)
Rock River, Windham County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.3 miles long (South Newfane to West River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Zoar Outdoor, Franklin County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Pelham Brook, Franklin County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 3.25 miles long (Rowe Center to Deerfield River)
West River, Windham County, 15 miles away
      Class III - 2.75 miles long (Ball Mountain Dam to Jamaica State Park)
 Ski Areas Near North River:
Living Memorial Park, Vermont , 11 miles away, 204 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Berkshire East, Massachusetts , 12 miles away, 1180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Haystack, Vermont , 16 miles away, 1160 foot drop, 23 lifts, 145 runs
Mount Snow, Vermont , 18 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 20 lifts, 80 runs
Stratton, Vermont , 24 miles away, 2003 foot drop, 16 lifts, 90 runs
Magic Mountain, Vermont , 25 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 4 lifts, 40 runs
Blandford, Massachusetts , 29 miles away, 465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Bromley Mountain, Vermont , 30 miles away, 1334 foot drop, 10 lifts, 45 runs
Snow Valley, Vermont , 30 miles away, 700 foot drop, 1 lifts, 7 runs
Okemo, Vermont , 35 miles away, 2210 foot drop, 19 lifts, 119 runs
 Marinas Near North River:
Marina Restaurant, Brattleboro , 14 miles away
Franklin County Boat Club, Gill , 15 miles away
 Beaches Near North River:
Greenfield Beach, Franklin , 9 miles away
Horse Race, Franklin , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near North River:
Hampton Inn - Suites Greenfield, Greenfield , 9 miles away
Days Inn Greenfield, Greenfield , 9 miles away
Rodeway Inn Greenfield, Greenfield , 9 miles away
Grand Summit Hotel, West Dover , 10 miles away
Snow Lake Lodge, West Dover , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near North River:
Springbrook Family Camping Area, Shelburne Falls, 6 miles away
Moss Hollow Campground, Windham County, 6 miles away
Barton Cove, Greenfield, 10 miles away
 Trails Near North River:
Mount Olga Trail, Windham , 9 miles away
Ghost Trail, Windham , 10 miles away
Sunset Trail, Windham , 12 miles away
Sunrise Trail, Windham , 12 miles away
Deerfield Ridge Trail, Windham , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near North River:
Molly Stark State Park, Vermont , 10 miles away
Fort Dummer State Park, Vermont , 12 miles away
Mohawk Trail State Forest, Massachusetts , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near North River:
Edge Hill Golf Course, Shelburne Falls , 9 miles away
Country Club of Greenfield, Greenfield , 10 miles away
The Meadows Golf Club, Greenfield , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near North River
Lake Sadawga, Windham , 12 miles away
Indian Pond, Cheshire , 15 miles away
Searsburg Reservoir, Bennington , 19 miles away

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