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New Hampshire whitewater, Cold River

Sullivan county, South Acworth to Vilas Pool section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     5.5 miles
  If you're coming from Keene 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 natural beauty of Sullivan County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. The South Acworth to Vilas Pool section of Cold River in Sullivan County is 5.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II section. If you're a camper
    you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. On this section you do get some distance, it's perfect for a one day trip. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for
more. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more demanding, so better not forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away  
from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
During your tour to Cold River you'll meet some folks from South Acworth for sure. A perfect spot like Wilgus State Park in close proximity to Cold River is too good to leave out, and Osgood Ledge is something you shouldn't miss since you're here. This river is always fun. Cold River sees pretty high levels of rain. The month with most of the rain is May, and February on the other hand is the driest. At Cold River during the warmest time of the year highs are in the 80's.

Cold River, South Acworth to Vilas Pool 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 Cold River.
 Whitewater Near Cold River:
Cold River, Sullivan County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 5.5 miles long (South Acworth to Vilas Pool)
Cold River, Cheshire/Sullivan County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.7 miles long (Vilas Pool to Alstead)
Cold River, Cheshire County, 3 miles away
      Class II - 2 miles long (Alstead to Drewsville)
Ashuelot River, Cheshire County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Gilsum Gorge to Shaws Corner)
Ashuelot River, Cheshire County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.3 miles long (Marlow to Gilsum Gorge)
Otter Brook, Cheshire County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.2 miles long (East Sullivan to Otterbrook Park)
Otter Brook, Chesire County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 3.1 miles long (Roxbury to Keene)
Sugar River, Sullivan County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.8 miles long (North Newport to Route 103)
Minnewawa River, Cheshire County, 16 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.5 miles long (Marlborough recycling center to Otter Brook)
Croyden Brook, Sullivan County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 1.5 miles long (Newport)
 Ski Areas Near Cold River:
Ascutney, Vermont , 18 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 6 lifts, 57 runs
Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire , 18 miles away, 1510 foot drop, 10 lifts, 62 runs
Whaleback, New Hampshire , 24 miles away, 700 foot drop, 7 lifts, 28 runs
Living Memorial Park, Vermont , 25 miles away, 204 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Suicide Six, Vermont , 29 miles away, 650 foot drop, 3 lifts, 22 runs
Okemo, Vermont , 30 miles away, 2210 foot drop, 19 lifts, 119 runs
Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire , 31 miles away, 875 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Magic Mountain, Vermont , 32 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 4 lifts, 40 runs
Twin Farms, Vermont , 34 miles away, 700 foot drop, 1 lifts, 6 runs
Pats Peak, New Hampshire , 36 miles away, 710 foot drop, 8 lifts, 21 runs
 Marinas Near Cold River:
Sargents Marina, Sunapee , 20 miles away
 Beaches Near Cold River:
State Park Beach, Merrimack , 20 miles away
Dewey Beach, Sullivan , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Cold River:
Holiday Inn Express SPRINGFIELD, Springfield , 10 miles away
Rodeway Inn Bellows Falls, Bellows Falls , 10 miles away
Rodeway Inn Claremont, Claremont , 10 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Keene Downtown, Keene , 12 miles away
Courtyard Keene Downtown, Keene , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cold River:
Surry Mountain Campground, Keene, 10 miles away
Hilltop Camp, Sullivan, 10 miles away
The Farm Campground, Windsor County, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Cold River:
Futures Trail, Windsor , 15 miles away
Slot Trail, Windsor , 16 miles away
Hang Glider Trail, Windsor , 17 miles away
Monadnock Sunapee Trail, Sullivan , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cold River:
Wilgus State Park, Vermont , 13 miles away
Ascutney State Park, Vermont , 16 miles away
Pillsbury State Park, New Hampshire , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cold River:
Hooper Golf Club, Walpole , 8 miles away
Bretwood Golf Course, Keene , 10 miles away
Claremont Country Club, Claremont , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Cold River
Ashuelot Pond, Sullivan , 11 miles away
Otter Brook Lake, Cheshire , 13 miles away
Spofford Lake, Cheshire , 15 miles away

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