Boston Herald | Moira McCarthy | August 22, 2021
This artist’s rendering shows the lower wave of Trestle View Park in Franklin Falls, NH. /Photo courtesy McLaughlin Whitewater Design Group
A whitewater adventure vacation is on many bucket lists — the chance to ride some challenging rapids and explore a cool destination once you’ve packed up your paddles. Great news: You’ll soon be able to do this just an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Boston.
New England’s first-ever whitewater park will open this fall in Franklin, N.H.
A new whitewater rafting park is set to open this fall in Franklin, N.H. /Photo courtesy Franklin Falls
This artist’s rendering shows the upper wave of Trestle View Park in Franklin Falls, N.h. /Photo courtesy McLaughlin Whitewater Design Group
Franklin, N.H., has long been a favorite destination for white water rafters. Photo courtesy Franklin Falls
Nature created the rapids, but the setup, including a downtown park and shopping area with views of the rapids, a bike pump path, climbing wall, campsites, shopping and dining spots and more, is part of a plan the once-thriving mill town put in motion seven years ago.
“It took us a long time to get to this moment,” Marty Parichand, owner of Franklin’s Outdoor New England (outdoornewengland.com) kayaking and rafting store, and the man who first pitched the idea to the town, said.
It was not, he said, an idea out of the blue.
“We have 35 years of whitewater recreation here,” he said. “This is a river that already attracts paddlers.”