Cold River

South Acworth, New Hampshire

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This eTrail includes two sections of New Hampshire's Cold River: South Acworth to Vilas Pool and Alstead to Drewsville. The Cold is a small, snappy stream that offers nearly continuous current, pleasant scenery, fallen trees, and barbed wire. A road passes alongside almost the entire route, so starts and stops are flexible. Trip B may be made in conjunction with the previous one or as a separate trip. Just below the dam on Vilas Pool, immediately after a right turn, there is another dam. This dam is broken and may be runnable depending on the water level and your ability. Look it over and decide for yourself. Since you have to portage the dam at Vilas Pool, you might as well carry down to Alstead if you want to continue on from the upper part (trip A). Because trip B is only 2.0 miles long, it presents a good opportunity for new paddlers to practice without having to tackle the longer upper section of the river. This section of the river is similar to the preceding section, and, although the rapids diminish somewhat, the swift current continues.
Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide

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Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide

by Bruce Lessels (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

This eTrail includes two sections of New Hampshire's Cold River: South Acworth to Vilas Pool and Alstead to Drewsville. The Cold is a small, snappy stream that offers nearly continuous current, pleasant scenery, fallen trees, and barbed wire. A road passes alongside almost the entire route, so starts and stops are flexible. Trip B may be made in conjunction with the previous one or as a separate trip. Just below the dam on Vilas Pool, immediately after a right turn, there is another dam.

This dam is broken and may be runnable depending on the water level and your ability. Look it over and decide for yourself. Since you have to portage the dam at Vilas Pool, you might as well carry down to Alstead if you want to continue on from the upper part (trip A). Because trip B is only 2.0 miles long, it presents a good opportunity for new paddlers to practice without having to tackle the longer upper section of the river. This section of the river is similar to the preceding section, and, although the rapids diminish somewhat, the swift current continues.

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Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: South Acworth
Distance: 7.5
Class: Class II
Local Contacts: Gauge location and water level information is provided in the eTrail if available.
Topo Map: Cold River Topographic Map
Guide Book: Classic Northeastern Whitewater Guide Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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