Swift River

EASY 14 reviews

Swift River is a 3.7 mile out and back trail located near Belchertown, Massachusetts and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
19 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

canoeing

fishing

trail running

whitewater kayaking

hiking
30 days ago

whitewater kayaking
3 months ago

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.....

3 months ago

not dog friendly, aside from that. flat and boring

3 months ago

4 months ago

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

walking
4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

4 months ago

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

Thursday, April 28, 2016

fly fishing
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

whitewater kayaking
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!

hiking
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The freshest water in Western Mass! The Swift River is fantastic for kayaking. A gentle meandering river just as it comes out of the Quabbin Reservoir.

hiking
Saturday, June 07, 2014

nice flat easy trail follows the river nicely like 3/4 the way down a guy has a sweet campsite with a cute sign trail runs next to a fish and game club for a while with other trails branching off into that so watch out

trail running
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

This was my Local Spot. Still is, but further upstream. Before an unfortunate accident we were able to jump off the damn and rope swing, but now it is all fenced in. The trail itself is flat and straight. When you get to the end though there is a place we use to call the Red Bridge, but if I'm not mistaken they eventually painted it green. You can jump off of it into the river. The water is as FRESH as can be flowing from the Quabbin Reservoir.