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New Hampshire whitewater, Cold River

Cheshire county, Alstead to Drewsville section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     2 miles
  The wonderful New Hampshire scenery and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. This section of Cold River in New Hampshire is 2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II section. The put-in is not too far from Keene, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This is a short paddling stretch so better bring some good walking shoes. Some people prefer whitewater rafting
    and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Alstead to Drewsville stretch is just one of them. The rivers for whitewater
rafting and kayaking here in New Hampshire are often tougher than in other states, so keep in mind that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of folks from South Acworth here, and Glovers Ledge is an out of the ordinary site to have a look at while at Cold River. A trip to Wilgus State Park when you're here at Cold River is never a bad idea. For the duration of the summer here at Cold River, high temperatures usually reach the 80's. During the moonlight hours it's regularly in the 50's. High temperatures during the wintertime are normally in the 20's, and nighttime lows all through the winter for Cold River tend to be in the 0's. Cold River frequently gets a good deal of rain.

Cold River, Alstead to Drewsville 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 County, 1 miles away
      Class II - 2 miles long (Alstead to Drewsville)
Cold River, Cheshire/Sullivan County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0.7 miles long (Vilas Pool to Alstead)
Cold River, Sullivan County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 5.5 miles long (South Acworth to Vilas Pool)
Ashuelot River, Cheshire County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Gilsum Gorge to Shaws Corner)
Ashuelot River, Cheshire County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.3 miles long (Marlow to Gilsum Gorge)
Otter Brook, Chesire County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 3.1 miles long (Roxbury to Keene)
Otter Brook, Cheshire County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.2 miles long (East Sullivan to Otterbrook Park)
Adamson River - West Branch, Windham County, 16 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 6 miles long (Route 100A to Putney)
Saxton's River, Windham County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 11 miles long (Grafton to Connecticut River)
Minnewawa River, Cheshire County, 17 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.5 miles long (Marlborough recycling center to Otter Brook)
 Ski Areas Near Cold River:
Ascutney, Vermont , 17 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 6 lifts, 57 runs
Living Memorial Park, Vermont , 21 miles away, 204 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire , 23 miles away, 1510 foot drop, 10 lifts, 62 runs
Whaleback, New Hampshire , 27 miles away, 700 foot drop, 7 lifts, 28 runs
Okemo, Vermont , 27 miles away, 2210 foot drop, 19 lifts, 119 runs
Magic Mountain, Vermont , 28 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 4 lifts, 40 runs
Suicide Six, Vermont , 29 miles away, 650 foot drop, 3 lifts, 22 runs
Twin Farms, Vermont , 33 miles away, 700 foot drop, 1 lifts, 6 runs
Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire , 35 miles away, 875 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Stratton, Vermont , 37 miles away, 2003 foot drop, 16 lifts, 90 runs
 Marinas Near Cold River:
Marina Restaurant, Brattleboro , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Cold River:
Rodeway Inn Bellows Falls, Bellows Falls , 6 miles away
Holiday Inn Express SPRINGFIELD, Springfield , 8 miles away
Days Inn Keene NH, Keene , 12 miles away
Rodeway Inn Claremont, Claremont , 12 miles away
Holiday Inn Express KEENE, Keene , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cold River:
The Farm Campground, Windsor County, 10 miles away
Surry Mountain Campground, Keene, 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 , 16 miles away
Pillsbury State Park, New Hampshire , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cold River:
Hooper Golf Club, Walpole , 4 miles away
Bellows Falls Country Club, Bellows Falls , 8 miles away
Bretwood Golf Course, Keene , 9 miles away
 Lakes Near Cold River
Spofford Lake, Cheshire , 12 miles away
Otter Brook Lake, Cheshire , 14 miles away
Ashuelot Pond, Sullivan , 15 miles away

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