Sawyer River

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Sawyer River
Sawyer River is located in New Hampshire
Sawyer River
Sawyer River is located in the United States
Sawyer River
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
CountiesGrafton, Carroll
TownsLivermore, Harts Location
Physical characteristics
SourceHancock Notch
 • locationSandwich
 • coordinates44°3′17″N 71°29′11″W / 44.05472°N 71.48639°W / 44.05472; -71.48639
 • elevation2,680 ft (820 m)
MouthSaco River
 • location
Harts Location
 • coordinates
44°5′10″N 71°20′46″W / 44.08611°N 71.34611°W / 44.08611; -71.34611Coordinates: 44°5′10″N 71°20′46″W / 44.08611°N 71.34611°W / 44.08611; -71.34611
 • elevation
827 ft (252 m)
Length9.1 mi (14.6 km)

The Sawyer River is a 9.1-mile-long (14.6 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.

The Sawyer River rises in the unincorporated township of Livermore, New Hampshire, on the eastern side of Hancock Notch, a pass in the Pemigewasset Wilderness between Mount Hancock to the north and Mount Huntington to the south. The river flows east, paralleled by the Hancock Notch Trail, into a broad valley with Mount Carrigain to the north and the smaller summit known as Greens Cliff to the south.

The river turns northeast, with Carrigain Brook joining from the north and the outlet of Sawyer Pond joining from the south, and enters a deeper, narrower mountain valley as it descends to Crawford Notch. The river is paralleled in this lower section by the Sawyer River Road, a gravel Forest Service access road open to the public May–October. The Sawyer River enters the town of Hart's Location and ends at the Saco River near its great bend to the east as it leaves Crawford Notch.

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