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New Hampshire whitewater, Branch Brook

Grafton county, Ellsworth to Branch Brook campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-V     3.3 miles
  This stretch of Branch Brook is 3.3 miles long and is a class II-V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in New Hampshire is often tougher than elsewhere, so keep in mind that many of the sections here are not safe for beginners. The starting location is a short drive from Laconia, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This river system has a few good
    paddling sections and the Ellsworth to Branch Brook campground section is one of them. There's camping available near Branch Brook. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons
to come. The scenic beauty of New Hampshire and the water flowing gracefully down Branch Brook are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for that around here. When you're paddling down a White Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. This stretch is short so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. If  
you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
What would winter be without some skiing at Tenney Mountain, and going for a hike on the Knockers Hole Trail is always a pleasant adventure. Life's too short to enjoy all the exciting stuff in the White Mountains. People from Campton love to come to Branch Brook, and there is a good hiking trail nearby called the Peaked Hill Pond Trail. This river is a wonderful place to visit. Wellington State Beach is a nice spot to go if you're at Branch Brook.

Branch Brook, Ellsworth to Branch Brook campground 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 Branch Brook.
 Whitewater Near Branch Brook:
Branch Brook, Grafton County, 2 miles away
      Class II-V - 3.3 miles long (Ellsworth to Branch Brook campground)
Mad River, Grafton County, 4 miles away
      Class III - 1 miles long (Gorge)
Pemigewasset River, Grafton County, 5 miles away
      Class I - 11.25 miles long (Woodstock to Campton)
Glover Brook, Grafton County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 1.9 miles long (Elbow Pond to Pemigewasset River)
Pemigewasset River, Grafton County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 4.25 miles long (Woodstock)
Smarts Brook, Grafton County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 1.5 miles long (Thornton)
Soucook River, Merrimack County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.5 miles long (Close to Concord New Hampshire)
Beebe River, Grafton County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV - 5 miles long (Sandwich Notch to Campton Hollow)
Pemigewasset River, Grafton County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.25 miles long (Indian Head to East Branch confluence)
Baker River, Grafton County, 11 miles away
      Class V - 3.8 miles long (Warren)
 Ski Areas Near Branch Brook:
Tenney Mountain, New Hampshire , 8 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 48 runs
Loon Mountain, New Hampshire , 10 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 10 lifts, 45 runs
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire , 12 miles away, 2020 foot drop, 11 lifts, 52 runs
Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire , 16 miles away, 2180 foot drop, 9 lifts, 72 runs
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire , 22 miles away, 1250 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire , 25 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 10 lifts, 100 runs
Gunstock, New Hampshire , 27 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Attitash Bear Peak, New Hampshire , 33 miles away, 1750 foot drop, 11 lifts, 78 runs
Abenaki, New Hampshire , 34 miles away, 100 foot drop, 2 lifts, 6 runs
Pats Peak, New Hampshire , 36 miles away, 710 foot drop, 8 lifts, 21 runs
 Marinas Near Branch Brook:
Asquam Marina at Holderness Harbor, Holderness , 9 miles away
Paugus Bay Marina, Meredith , 17 miles away
Meredith Marina, Meredith , 17 miles away
 Beaches Near Branch Brook:
Center Harbor Town Beach, Belknap , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Branch Brook:
Days Inn Campton, Campton , 3 miles away
Econo Lodge Near Plymouth State University, Plymouth , 5 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Plymouth, Plymouth , 5 miles away
Red Carpet Inn And Suites, Plymouth , 5 miles away
Comfort Inn Ashland, Ashland , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Branch Brook:
Branch Brook Fourseason Campground, Campton, 4 miles away
Goose Hollow Camp and RV Park, Thornton, 4 miles away
Campton Family, Campton, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Branch Brook:
Peaked Hill Pond Trail, Grafton , 2 miles away
Knockers Hole Trail, Grafton , 5 miles away
Hubbard Brook Trail, Grafton , 5 miles away
Glover Brook Trail, Grafton , 6 miles away
Dickey Mountain Trail, Grafton , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Branch Brook:
Wellington State Beach, New Hampshire , 12 miles away
Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire , 16 miles away
Cardigan State Park, New Hampshire , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Branch Brook:
Owl's Nest Golf Club, Campton , 1 miles away
Highland Links Golf Club, Holderness , 5 miles away
Jack O'Lantern Golf Course, Woodstock , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Branch Brook
Campton Bog Pond, Grafton , 3 miles away
Moosilauke Pond, Grafton , 6 miles away
Loon Lake, Grafton , 6 miles away

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