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New Hampshire whitewater, Contoocook River

Hillsborough county, Hillsborough to Henniker section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     3 miles
  The starting location is a reasonable drive from Concord, 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 this state tend to be more challenging than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of
    paddling places. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. This is a pretty short section so you'd better be prepared
to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. The Hillsborough to Henniker stretch of Contoocook River in Hillsborough County is 3 miles long and it is classified as a class III-IV section by American Whitewater. The scenic beauty of New Hampshire and the water flowing gracefully down Contoocook River make the trip here worthwhile.

Briefly about the
general area:
Hiking along the Wilmot Trail is magnificent fun, and Winslow State Park is a great place to stretch your legs a bit. You must beyond doubt take a look at wonderful Campers Beach since you're here at Contoocook River; Pats Peak has great slopes and a friendly staff. This river is so wonderful. If you want to hit the beach, Picnickers Beach is around here; you'll almost certainly meet some folks from Henniker here. When you're here at Contoocook River it's always fun to visit Rollins State Park, and you can have a good hiking adventure along the Wapack Trail. And if you're still looking for more outdoors enjoyable things just keep reading.

Contoocook River, Hillsborough to Henniker 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 Contoocook River.
 Whitewater Near Contoocook River:
Contoocook River, Hillsborough County, 0 miles away
      Class II(III) - 2 miles long (Henniker)
Contoocook River, Hillsborough County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Hillsborough to Henniker)
Warner River, Merrimack County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 5.15 miles long (Melvin Mills to Warner)
Blackwater River, Merrimack County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Route 127 to Snyder's Mill)
Piscataquog River - South Branch, Hillsborough County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (New Boston to Goffstown)
Contoocook River - North Branch, Hillsborough County, 16 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (Route 9 and 123 to Hillsboro Fire Station)
Stony Brook, Hillsborough County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.25 miles long (Route 31 to Wilton)
Souhegan River, Hillsborough County, 18 miles away
      Class III - 1.25 miles long (NH Route 101 Bridge to Wilton)
Merrimack River, Merrimack County, 19 miles away
      Class I - 18 miles long (Franklin to Penacook)
Souhegan River, Hillsborough County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.75 miles long (Greenville to New Hampshire Route 101)
 Ski Areas Near Contoocook River:
Pats Peak, New Hampshire , 3 miles away, 710 foot drop, 8 lifts, 21 runs
Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire , 8 miles away, 875 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire , 16 miles away, 1250 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire , 18 miles away, 1510 foot drop, 10 lifts, 62 runs
McIntyre, New Hampshire , 29 miles away, 300 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Tenney Mountain, New Hampshire , 30 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 48 runs
Whaleback, New Hampshire , 32 miles away, 700 foot drop, 7 lifts, 28 runs
Wachusett Mountain, Massachusetts , 33 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 20 runs
Gunstock, New Hampshire , 38 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Pine Ridge, Massachusetts , 42 miles away, 200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near Contoocook River:
Sargents Marina, Sunapee , 20 miles away
 Beaches Near Contoocook River:
Campers Beach, Hillsborough , 11 miles away
Picnickers Beach, Hillsborough , 11 miles away
Wadleigh State Beach, Merrimack , 12 miles away
State Park Beach, Merrimack , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Contoocook River:
Colby Hill Inn, Henniker , 1 miles away
Henniker Motel, Henniker , 3 miles away
The Maples At Warner, Warner , 6 miles away
Maplehurst Inn, Antrim , 9 miles away
Jack Daniels Motor Inn, Peterborough , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Contoocook River:
Rock' N Birch Campground, Henniker, 4 miles away
Mile/Away Campground, Henniker, 5 miles away
Lake Massasecum Park and Campground, Bradford, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Contoocook River:
Wilmot Trail, Merrimack , 11 miles away
Wapack Trail, Hillsborough , 15 miles away
Monadnock Sunapee Trail, Sullivan , 15 miles away
Old Country Road, Hillsborough , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Contoocook River:
Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor, Putnam - CT , 63 miles away
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Woonsocket - RI , 63 miles away
Rollins State Park, New Hampshire , 12 miles away
Winslow State Park, New Hampshire , 13 miles away
Miller State Park, New Hampshire , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Contoocook River:
Angus Lea Golf Course, Hillsboro , 5 miles away
Oak Brook Golf Course, Weare , 7 miles away
Duston Country Club Golf Course, Contoocook , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Contoocook River
Deering Reservoir, Hillsborough , 6 miles away
Weare Reservoir, Hillsborough , 6 miles away
Lake Massasecum, Merrimack , 6 miles away

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