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New Hampshire whitewater, Blackwater River

Merrimack county, Route 127 to Snyder's Mill section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV     2.5 miles
  The natural beauty of New Hampshire and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. The put-in is not too far from Concord, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The Route 127 to Snyder's Mill stretch of Blackwater River is 2.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-IV section. 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. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in New Hampshire are harder than the national norm, so if you're visiting
here do keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. The campgrounds here at Blackwater River are pretty good. This is a bit of a short stretch so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find  
lots of paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
If the weather is splendid here at Blackwater River, you can go for a hike along the Wilmot Trail. Rollins State Park is a splendid place to stretch your legs a bit; Blackwater River is not far at all from Concord. If you come to this river you will have a good time for sure. Pats Peak is a glorious local ski area, and Winslow State Park is a beautiful place any time of year. A typical amount of rain falls here at Blackwater River. Of all the months in a year May is the one with the most rain; January is the month with the least moisture.

Blackwater River, Route 127 to Snyder's Mill 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 Blackwater River.
 Whitewater Near Blackwater River:
Blackwater River, Merrimack County, 1 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Route 127 to Snyder's Mill)
Merrimack River, Merrimack County, 8 miles away
      Class I - 18 miles long (Franklin to Penacook)
Winnipesaukee River, Belknap / Merrimack County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.25 miles long (Cross Mill bridge road to Franklin)
Contoocook River, Hillsborough County, 11 miles away
      Class II(III) - 2 miles long (Henniker)
Winnipesaukee River, Belknap County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.1 miles long (Upper)
Contoocook River, Hillsborough County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Hillsborough to Henniker)
Smith River, Merrimack / Grafton County, 15 miles away
      Class IV - 1.75 miles long (Route 104 to Bristol)
Warner River, Merrimack County, 15 miles away
      Class IV - 5.15 miles long (Melvin Mills to Warner)
Pemigewasset River, Grafton/ Belknap County, 15 miles away
      Class II(III) - 1.6 miles long (Ayers Island dam to Coolidge)
Piscataquog River - South Branch, Hillsborough County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (New Boston to Goffstown)
 Ski Areas Near Blackwater River:
Pats Peak, New Hampshire , 9 miles away, 710 foot drop, 8 lifts, 21 runs
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire , 13 miles away, 1250 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire , 19 miles away, 875 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Tenney Mountain, New Hampshire , 23 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 48 runs
McIntyre, New Hampshire , 23 miles away, 300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire , 26 miles away, 1510 foot drop, 10 lifts, 62 runs
Gunstock, New Hampshire , 26 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire , 36 miles away, 2020 foot drop, 11 lifts, 52 runs
Whaleback, New Hampshire , 36 miles away, 700 foot drop, 7 lifts, 28 runs
Abenaki, New Hampshire , 36 miles away, 100 foot drop, 2 lifts, 6 runs
 Marinas Near Blackwater River:
Jay's Marina, Tilton , 16 miles away
 Beaches Near Blackwater River:
Wadleigh State Beach, Merrimack , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Blackwater River:
The Maples At Warner, Warner , 8 miles away
Henniker Motel, Henniker , 9 miles away
Colby Hill Inn, Henniker , 11 miles away
The Centennial, Concord , 12 miles away
Courtyard Concord, Concord , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Blackwater River:
Cold Brook Campground, Webster, 1 miles away
Sandy Beach Family Campground, Contoocook, 5 miles away
Thousand Aces Family Campground, Franklin, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Blackwater River:
Wilmot Trail, Merrimack , 12 miles away
Old Country Road, Hillsborough , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Blackwater River:
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Boston - MA , 65 miles away
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Woonsocket - RI , 67 miles away
Rollins State Park, New Hampshire , 11 miles away
Winslow State Park, New Hampshire , 13 miles away
Wellington State Beach, New Hampshire , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Blackwater River:
Duston Country Club Golf Course, Contoocook , 6 miles away
Canterbury Woods Country Club, Canterbury , 8 miles away
Mojalaki Golf Club, Franklin , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Blackwater River
Pillsbury Lake, Merrimack , 2 miles away
Webster Lake, Merrimack , 9 miles away
Weare Reservoir, Hillsborough , 10 miles away

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