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New Hampshire whitewater, Cold River

Cheshire Sullivan county, Vilas Pool to Alstead section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     0.7 miles
  The scenic beauty of Cheshire/Sullivan County and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. The Vilas Pool to Alstead section of Cold River is 0.7 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III-IV section of whitewater. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. The put-in location is a short drive from Keene, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost.
    Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in New Hampshire tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers here are less forgiving. Since you're on this site you
are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling rivers. This is an extremely short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. 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 your paddling  
muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
Glovers Ledge is an interesting thing to observe since you're here at Cold River. There's good hiking along the Futures Trail, and if you're dropping by from South Acworth, you won't be the only one. A river like this is too good to miss. Going to Wilgus State Park right next door to Cold River is a good thing to do. For the period of the warmest time of the year, highs generally are in the 80's at Cold River. Once the sun is down it descends down to the 50's.

Cold River, Vilas Pool to Alstead 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, Cheshire/Sullivan County, 0 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.7 miles long (Vilas Pool to Alstead)
Cold River, Cheshire County, 0 miles away
      Class II - 2 miles long (Alstead to Drewsville)
Cold River, Sullivan County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 5.5 miles long (South Acworth to Vilas Pool)
Ashuelot River, Cheshire County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Gilsum Gorge to Shaws Corner)
Ashuelot River, Cheshire County, 11 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.3 miles long (Marlow to Gilsum Gorge)
Otter Brook, Chesire County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 3.1 miles long (Roxbury to Keene)
Otter Brook, Cheshire County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.2 miles long (East Sullivan to Otterbrook Park)
Sugar River, Sullivan County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.8 miles long (North Newport to Route 103)
Minnewawa River, Cheshire County, 17 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.5 miles long (Marlborough recycling center to Otter Brook)
Adamson River - West Branch, Windham County, 17 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 6 miles long (Route 100A to Putney)
 Ski Areas Near Cold River:
Ascutney, Vermont , 18 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 6 lifts, 57 runs
Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire , 21 miles away, 1510 foot drop, 10 lifts, 62 runs
Living Memorial Park, Vermont , 22 miles away, 204 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Whaleback, New Hampshire , 26 miles away, 700 foot drop, 7 lifts, 28 runs
Okemo, Vermont , 28 miles away, 2210 foot drop, 19 lifts, 119 runs
Suicide Six, Vermont , 29 miles away, 650 foot drop, 3 lifts, 22 runs
Magic Mountain, Vermont , 29 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 4 lifts, 40 runs
Twin Farms, Vermont , 33 miles away, 700 foot drop, 1 lifts, 6 runs
Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire , 34 miles away, 875 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Stratton, Vermont , 38 miles away, 2003 foot drop, 16 lifts, 90 runs
 Hotels Near Cold River:
Rodeway Inn Bellows Falls, Bellows Falls , 7 miles away
Holiday Inn Express SPRINGFIELD, Springfield , 8 miles away
Rodeway Inn Claremont, Claremont , 11 miles away
Days Inn Keene NH, Keene , 12 miles away
Holiday Inn Express KEENE, Keene , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cold River:
Surry Mountain Campground, Keene, 10 miles away
The Farm Campground, Windsor County, 10 miles away
Tree Farm Campground, Springfield, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Cold River:
Futures Trail, Windsor , 15 miles away
Slot Trail, Windsor , 16 miles away
Hang Glider Trail, Windsor , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cold River:
Wilgus State Park, Vermont , 13 miles away
Ascutney State Park, Vermont , 15 miles away
Pillsbury State Park, New Hampshire , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cold River:
Hooper Golf Club, Walpole , 5 miles away
Bretwood Golf Course, Keene , 9 miles away
Bellows Falls Country Club, Bellows Falls , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Cold River
Spofford Lake, Cheshire , 13 miles away
Otter Brook Lake, Cheshire , 13 miles away
Ashuelot Pond, Sullivan , 14 miles away

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