Soucook River

The Soucook River is a 29.2-mile-long (47.0 km)[1] river located in central New Hampshire in the United States. It is a tributary of the Merrimack River, which flows to the Gulf of Maine.

The Soucook River begins at the outlet of Rocky Pond on the border between the towns of Canterbury and Loudon, New Hampshire. The river flows south through gently rolling terrain, soon entering Loudon and passing near the New Hampshire International Speedway. The river passes through the village proper of Loudon, crossing a small dam, and continues south along a rapidly developing suburban corridor on the outskirts of Concord. The river forms the boundary between Concord and Pembroke and ends at the Merrimack River downstream from Garvins Falls.

There are extensive sand and gravel deposits filling the Soucook River valley, which has led to the creation of several large excavation operations close to the river. New Hampshire Route 106 parallels the river throughout its course, crossing the river four times.

The Soucook River in Loudon, New Hampshire

See also


  1. ^ New Hampshire GRANIT state geographic information system Archived 2013-08-03 at the Wayback Machine

Coordinates: 43°09′32″N 71°29′37″W / 43.15889°N 71.49361°W

Abbott State Forest

Abbott State Forest is a 35-acre (14 ha) protected area located in Concord, New Hampshire, on the west side of Lake View Drive. It is bordered to the east, across Lake View Drive, by Penacook Lake water supply land. Abbott State Forest was reported to be producing white spruce seed in 1982.

Agnew State Forest

Agnew State Forest is a 109-acre (44 ha) protected area in Jefferson, New Hampshire. It is bordered to the south and east by the White Mountain National Forest. Adding boulders to block vehicle access and raising trail levels with logs was discussed as part of a restoration plan for a nearby stream.

Alton Bay State Forest

Alton Bay State Forest is a 210-acre (85 ha) protected area in Alton, New Hampshire. It was acquired in 1915. It is bordered to the east by the village of Alton Bay at the south end of Lake Winnipesaukee.

Ames State Forest

Ames State Forest is in Henniker, New Hampshire. It covers 13 acres (5.3 ha). It was established after Flora Ames, a resident of Henniker, donated about 15 acres to the state for reforestation. Keyser Pond Campground on Keyser Pond and Craney Hill State Forest are nearby.

Cardigan Mountain State Park

Cardigan Mountain State Park is a 5,655-acre (2,288 ha) state park in Orange, New Hampshire. The park is free to use, open year-round, and offers a hiking trail up to the 3,121-foot treeless granite summit of Mount Cardigan. There are picnic facilities.

Coleman State Park

Coleman State Park is a state park in Stewartstown, New Hampshire on Little Diamond Pond. Activities include camping, hiking, fishing, ATV, and picnicking.

Conway Common Lands State Forest

Conway Common Lands State Forest is a 568-acre (230 ha) state forest in Conway, New Hampshire, in the United States. It was organized a few years after the establishment of the New Hamsphire Forestry Commission. Purchase of the lands and protection involved negotiation with a granite company based in Maine.

Craney Hill State Forest

Craney Hill State Forest is in Henniker, New Hampshire. It comprises 21 acres (8.5 ha) along the south side of Old Concord Road and is also bordered by gravel pits on two sides and private land.

Devils Slide State Forest

Devils Slide State Forest is a 290-acre (120 ha) state forest in Stark, New Hampshire. It is part of a contiguous area of more than 2,000 acres (810 ha) of protected lands that includes the Kauffmann Forest and Percy State Forest.

Ellacoya State Park

Ellacoya State Park is a 65-acre (0.26 km2) state park in Gilford, New Hampshire. Located on the southwest shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, the park has 600 feet (180 m) of beachfront. There is a pavilion, an accessible bathhouse with showers and a changing area for swimmers.

Hannah Duston Memorial State Historic Site

Hannah Duston Memorial State Historic Site is a 35-foot (11 m) statue in Boscawen, New Hampshire, located on a small island at the confluence of the Contoocook and Merrimack rivers. Erected in 1874 and the first publicly funded statue in New Hampshire, the memorial commemorates Hannah Duston, who was captured in 1697 in Haverhill, Massachusetts, during King William's War, then killed her captors while they were camped at the site in Boscawen.

Kauffmann Forest

Kauffmann Forest is a protected area around Christine Lake in Coos County, New Hampshire. It is owned by the Percy Summer Club and is protected by a conservation easement held by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

List of New Hampshire state forests

This is a list of New Hampshire state forests. State forests in the U.S. state of New Hampshire are overseen by the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands.

The former Gay State Forest was transferred to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests in 2009.

List of rivers of New Hampshire

This is a list of rivers and significant streams in the U.S. state of New Hampshire.

All watercourses named "River" (freshwater or tidal) are listed here, as well as other streams which are either subject to the New Hampshire Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act or are more than 10 miles (16 km) long. New Hampshire rivers and streams qualify for state shoreland protection (and are listed here in bold) if they are fourth-order or larger water bodies, based on the Strahler method of stream order classification.

Loudon, New Hampshire

Loudon is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 5,317 at the 2010 census. Loudon is the home of New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The primary settlement in town, where 559 people resided at the 2010 census, is defined as the Loudon census-designated place and is located along the Soucook River at the southern terminus of New Hampshire Route 129.

Loudon (CDP), New Hampshire

Loudon is a census-designated place (CDP) and the main village in the town of Loudon in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. The population of the CDP was 559 at the 2010 census, out of 5,317 in the entire town of Loudon.

Sculptured Rocks Natural Area

The Sculptured Rocks Natural area is a 272-acre (110 ha) natural area in Groton, New Hampshire. Its main feature is its namesake, the Sculptured Rocks, which are a series of narrow, sharply carved rock formations that are a popular local swimming hole. They are located on the Cockermouth River, which is the longest tributary of Newfound Lake. The Sculptured Rocks Road, which runs along this same river, shares its namesake with the park.

Wellington State Park

Wellington State Park is a 204-acre (83 ha) state park in Bristol, New Hampshire on Newfound Lake. It features the largest freshwater swimming beach in the New Hampshire State Park system.

Activities include swimming, fishing, non-motorized boating, hiking and picnicking. The park maintains volleyball and horseshoe courts. There is a seasonal snack bar. Gas grills are allowed along with wood and/or charcoal fires for cooking.

White Lake State Park

White Lake State Park is a 902.7-acre (3.653 km2) state park in Tamworth, New Hampshire, on the shore of the White Lake. It is open year-round and offers swimming, hiking, non-motorized boating, camping, picnicking, fishing and winter sports.

A 72 acres (0.29 km2) stand of pitch pine trees has been designated a National Natural Landmark and is accessible by a walking trail.

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