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New Hampshire whitewater, Newfound River River

Grafton county, Newfound lake to Bristol section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     1.5 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in New Hampshire are often tougher than in other states, so better not forget that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. If you're coming from Concord it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The campgrounds here at Newfound River River are pretty good. The wild scenery of the White Mountains
    is great. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Newfound lake to Bristol stretch
is one of them. This stretch is short so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. The nature scenery of Grafton County and the water flowing gracefully down Newfound River River are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make  
reservations in advance you're all set. This stretch of Newfound River River in Grafton County is 1.5 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III section by American Whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
Rollins State Park is both wonderful and pretty, and it's in close proximity to Newfound River River; you can go for a hike on the Melton Falls Trail. Be careful coming to the White Mountains, you might not ever want to go back home again. Here at Newfound River River there are plenty of people from Bristol, and if you like skiing, you're in luck; Tenney Mountain is relatively near.

Newfound River River, Newfound lake to Bristol 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 Newfound River River.
 Whitewater Near Newfound River River:
Newfound River River, Grafton County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 1.5 miles long (Newfound lake to Bristol)
Pemigewasset River, Grafton/ Belknap County, 2 miles away
      Class II(III) - 1.6 miles long (Ayers Island dam to Coolidge)
Smith River, Merrimack / Grafton County, 5 miles away
      Class IV - 1.75 miles long (Route 104 to Bristol)
Fowler River, Grafton County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 5.9 miles long (Alexandria)
Merrimack River, Merrimack County, 10 miles away
      Class I - 18 miles long (Franklin to Penacook)
Halls Brook, -blank- County, 11 miles away
      Class V - 2.6 miles long (Halls Brook Road to Highway 25)
Winnipesaukee River, Belknap / Merrimack County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.25 miles long (Cross Mill bridge road to Franklin)
Branch Brook, Grafton County, 14 miles away
      Class II-V - 3.3 miles long (Ellsworth to Branch Brook campground)
Mad River, Grafton County, 15 miles away
      Class III - 1 miles long (Gorge)
Winnipesaukee River, Belknap County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 2.1 miles long (Upper)
 Ski Areas Near Newfound River River:
Tenney Mountain, New Hampshire , 7 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 4 lifts, 48 runs
Ragged Mountain, New Hampshire , 9 miles away, 1250 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Pats Peak, New Hampshire , 23 miles away, 710 foot drop, 8 lifts, 21 runs
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire , 23 miles away, 2020 foot drop, 11 lifts, 52 runs
Loon Mountain, New Hampshire , 24 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 10 lifts, 45 runs
Gunstock, New Hampshire , 26 miles away, 1400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 45 runs
Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire , 27 miles away, 1510 foot drop, 10 lifts, 62 runs
Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire , 29 miles away, 2180 foot drop, 9 lifts, 72 runs
Whaleback, New Hampshire , 30 miles away, 700 foot drop, 7 lifts, 28 runs
Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire , 31 miles away, 875 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Newfound River River:
Asquam Marina at Holderness Harbor, Holderness , 12 miles away
Jay's Marina, Tilton , 17 miles away
Meredith Marina, Meredith , 17 miles away
Paugus Bay Marina, Meredith , 17 miles away
Lakeport Landing, Laconia , 20 miles away
 Beaches Near Newfound River River:
Wadleigh State Beach, Merrimack , 19 miles away
Endicott Park Beach, Belknap , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Newfound River River:
Red Carpet Inn And Suites, Plymouth , 8 miles away
Comfort Inn Ashland, Ashland , 8 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Plymouth, Plymouth , 8 miles away
Cheney House, Ashland , 9 miles away
Econo Lodge Near Plymouth State University, Plymouth , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Newfound River River:
Blueberry Shores Campground, Bristol, 1 miles away
Newfound RV Park, Bristol, 2 miles away
Camp Masquebec Hill, Bristol, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Newfound River River:
Melton Falls Trail, Grafton , 7 miles away
Manning Trail, Grafton , 10 miles away
Holt Trail, Grafton , 10 miles away
Clark Trail, Grafton , 11 miles away
Rattlesnake Mountain Trail, Grafton , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Newfound River River:
Wellington State Beach, New Hampshire , 3 miles away
Rollins State Park, New Hampshire , 12 miles away
Cardigan State Park, New Hampshire , 12 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Newfound River River:
White Mountain Country Club, Ashland , 9 miles away
Ragged Mountain Ski Resort, Danbury , 9 miles away
Den Brae Golf Course, Sanbornton , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Newfound River River
Newfound Lake, Grafton , 4 miles away
Webster Lake, Merrimack , 8 miles away
Loon Lake, Grafton , 9 miles away

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