Stumpfield Marsh, Hopkinton Lake, and Everett Lake

Hopkinton, New Hampshire

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Huge trees drape out over the water of this meandering, slow-moving stream. Neither we nor the several other canoes and kayaks that shared this water with us on a June Saturday could detect any current. We could not get over the size of the trees, particularly the white oak and white pine. Some of these stately trees certainly exceed 100 feet in height. High tree-species diversity kept us occupied as we identified red and white oak, basswood, beech, and shagbark hickory, among others. Except for the campground along Route 108, which does not intrude all that much, the Exeter River corridor provides a pretty serene place to paddle. The lack of development here helps explain why we heard a continuous chorus of orioles singing their melodious song from the treetops as we paddled several miles upriver from Exeter’s Gilman Park put-in. Both the main and side channels provide opportunities for exploring.
Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide

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Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide

by John Hayes (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Huge trees drape out over the water of this meandering, slow-moving stream. Neither we nor the several other canoes and kayaks that shared this water with us on a June Saturday could detect any current. We could not get over the size of the trees, particularly the white oak and white pine. Some of these stately trees certainly exceed 100 feet in height. High tree-species diversity kept us occupied as we identified red and white oak, basswood, beech, and shagbark hickory, among others.

Except for the campground along Route 108, which does not intrude all that much, the Exeter River corridor provides a pretty serene place to paddle. The lack of development here helps explain why we heard a continuous chorus of orioles singing their melodious song from the treetops as we paddled several miles upriver from Exeter’s Gilman Park put-in. Both the main and side channels provide opportunities for exploring.

©  John Hayes/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Hopkinton
Duration: All day
Driving Directions: Directions to Stumpfield Marsh, Hopkinton Lake, and Everett Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

8/10/2007
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Great place for flatwater kayaking! Easy entrance and parking at Gilman Park. River is narrow and "S" shape with very, very slow if any movement. Trees hang over the edge of the banks making a Florida type of experience in some areas. Plenty of places to stop and swim or fish! Some challenging areas because of fallen trees and a few places where you have multiple options as to which trail to take! Scenic and fun. This is a trail where any level of experience can easily handle, at least in August.



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