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2 days ago

Absolutely peaceful here. A wonderful experience for all family. On our hike we were fortunate enough to actually see a deer. Beware! Bring the map along, the trail can be tricky if you do not pay attention.

had a beautiful kayack trip, although couldnt find a good place to swim. some areas had no swimming signs up.

Drove 40 minutes to get there with my dog to find signs posted every 5 feet saying NO PETS

2 months ago

I walked down the trail a little ways found a secret little path and went swimming. Water is very nice though somewhat shallow

Great trails to hike, easy to hike, brought my kids 11 and 8, they loved it too. Will go back!

7 months ago

Love this trail for quick walk. Mostly flat and well traveled. Peaceful with nice view of river. Also when I measured it is actually 4.7 miles round trip not 3.7.

8 months ago

Actually it’s 4.7 miles in and out from parking lot to end and back. Very peaceful and scenic.

We loved this hike! We have read aloud several of Thornton Burgess’s books to our children, so they loved making that connection. We saw animal tracks at the brook, birds, and beautiful fall foliage. The big boulder “Split Rock” was a favorite with the kids. The only reason I wouldn’t give this a five star rating is because the trails are poorly marked for a first time visitor. Print the trail guide from the Mass Audubon website before you go!

don't go here for a hike because there is no trail, at least not anymore. the entire woods surrounding the boat ramp are all posted, a royal waste of time trying to find it.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Other than a few people fishing, and had attitudes towards the kayakers, it was absolutely great. We go there early so we could get a good parking spot. Had an awesome time going upstream then down a ways. Crystal clear water. A lot of areas to explore. Not boring at all if you are with friends and family having a good relaxing time.....

Sunday, July 16, 2017

not dog friendly, aside from that. flat and boring

Monday, July 10, 2017

Quick and easy terrain. Many places to be alone, and just exist. A few hidden gems if you deviate from the access road

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Nice calm river to kayak, canoe on. Tomorrow we are going to try going toward the Quabbin as last time we went the opposite direction. Highly recommended

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

This is a nice round trip trail. You can make your walk shorter with a lot of options. Maps are provided at the parking lot at the dam. I wouldn't go out of my way to hike here. It's a great local spot to walk the dogs. Stanton Road and into the woods down to the pond was a favorite dog scooter run for my Siberian Husky.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

I don't see how this would be a good horseback trail. It's narrow, hard to get up the esker, tiny narrow bridges. It's mostly for walking or finding a good fishing spot. Nice trail, a good walk with my dogs. They get to chase the beavers. The beavers have fun outsmarting them. There's miles and miles of nice trails in the Brimfield Forest and many ideal for horseback riding and cross country skiing. But not this one.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

A pretty spot. Lots of nice little peninsulas to explore. A lot of history here walking along the old Rabbit train bed that went through the Quabbin towns to Orange. There are the ruins of the old Bondsville mills as well. An interesting walk, a good place to sneak a swim, though the water is freezing cold. A pretty old dam and waterfall.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Had a great time kayaking the Swift River yesterday! Will definitely be going back. Great parking and bathroom to use before heading out.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Easy hike, good for kids, quiet area even though it's right off the road. One giant boulder my kids liked to scramble up and down.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

very peaceful, did the large loop. Saw a giant pack of deer!

Friday, May 27, 2016

only 3 stars because I had to come back without my poor dog for this short hike. it was a nice day and the sound of the trickling water made for a relaxing hike. sadly there was no wildlife to be seen

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Was ok took my two year daughter. She loved the brook. We were lucky enough to see a blue heron and an owl.

only give 3

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Nothing special for a wild life sanctuary all we saw was 1 squirrel. Trail markings very poor.

It was amazing!!!!!!

LOL. I was so wet

It wasn't Evan funny

Easy trail for the little ones.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Great for fresh water fishing.. Areas of strong current. My father and I used to wade out with our thigh high fishing boot amongst the boulders near the sides of part of this river..fell in a few times..lol..the fresh air,clear water& sounds of nature make this the perfect place to destress

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

I have been hiking these woods for over 35 years. There is a low trail that is stunning with its narrow paths amongst the needle tall pines- excellent for photography with the appearance of Deer frequently.
The high trail is more uphill & rocky. The further you go the deeper the woods become until you literally can reach the side of a mountain or a wonderful babbling brook you can hike thru or relax buy.
This is a wildlife sanctuary so along the beginnings of your hike there are cages in the woods with endangered animals that need help with injuries eventually to re-enter their natural habitat.
Outside the parking lot there is a main center filled with maps and information as well as trail guides if you should need one
It is also the homestead of Thorton Burgess a famous children's author. You can tour his home while there.

paddle sports
Monday, August 03, 2015

Very pretty & peaceful. Great for kayaking or canoeing. A lot of shade. Definitely Bring bug-spray if you're there after sunset!

Great place to hike around and see birds and other wildlife. The caretakers here are dedicated and awesome.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Multiple well-marked trails to choose from. Follow the river path, mild uphill hiking, or follow a deeper woodland trail based on your preference.

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