Dry River
The Dry River as it enters Crawford Notch State Park
Dry River (New Hampshire) is located in New Hampshire
Dry River (New Hampshire)
Dry River (New Hampshire) is located in the United States
Dry River (New Hampshire)
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
CountiesCoos, Carroll
RegionWhite Mountains
Physical characteristics
SourceOakes Gulf
 • locationSargents Purchase
 • coordinates44°15′1″N 71°18′43″W / 44.25028°N 71.31194°W / 44.25028; -71.31194
 • elevation4,180 ft (1,270 m)
MouthSaco River
 • location
Harts Location
 • coordinates
44°8′41″N 71°21′40″W / 44.14472°N 71.36111°W / 44.14472; -71.36111
 • elevation
1,090 ft (330 m)
Length9.0 mi (14.5 km)

The Dry River is a 9.0-mile-long (14.5 km)[1] river in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in the United States. It is a tributary of the Saco River, which flows to the Atlantic Ocean in Maine. For nearly its entire length, it is within the Presidential Range-Dry River Wilderness of the White Mountain National Forest.

The Dry River rises in Oakes Gulf, a glacial cirque on the southern slopes of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern United States. The river flows southwest through a wooded mountain valley between the southern part of the Presidential Range to its west and the lower Montalban Ridge, including Mount Isolation, to its east. It is paralleled for its entire distance through the wilderness area by the Dry River Trail.

The river ends in Crawford Notch State Park, where it joins the Saco River.


Established in 1975 by the U.S. Congress, the Dry River is the centerpiece to the Presidential Range-Dry River Wilderness and is protected as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. This 27,605-acre (11,171 ha) wilderness area is managed by the U.S. Forest Service.[2]

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