When I was looking for a house away from the rat race I came across a lovely two story in Raymond, New Hampshire. What sold me was the view from the deck overlooking the Exeter River. Dreams of swimming and canoeing in the beautiful little waterway led me to the purchase.
The Exeter is a 40.5 mile long river rising from its headwaters in Chester, New Hampshire and flowing into the Squamscott River before entering Great Bay. Putting in at Sandown, New Hampshire at the Route 121A bridge makes a nice weekend afternoon paddle.
The river continues on through wooded countryside with my house one of the few right on the riverbank.
Keep an eye open for wildlife along the river, wild turkeys are common. I have even seen a moose about a half mile from my house.
The river is small, winding and can be hazardous during spring flood. There are several beaver dams that must be lifted over and dangerous strainers can sometimes block the entire width of the river.
The river finally reaches the town of Exeter, New Hampshire where there are many restaurants some of which have a great view of the river.
A great small New Hampshire river worth a paddle.