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Distance:
1.2 Miles / 1.9 km
Type:
Out-and-Back
Difficulty:
Easy
Time to Hike:
~36 minutes
Features:
Surface Type:
Dirt
Park:
Quabbin Reservoir
Town:
Belchertown, Massachusetts
Directions:
42.273428, -72.338098
Added:
December 31, 2017
Updated:
April 27, 2020
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22 '

Total Change
59 '

Ascent
59 '

Descent

The Swift River Trail at the Quabbin Reservoir in Belchertown, Massachusetts is a short 1.2 mile hike that runs along the Swift River. This popular trail is mostly flat and leads into Quabbin just south of Winsor Dam. The trail starts off by heading uphill to a split - keep right at the fork and head downhill along the stairs before crossing a small creek that feeds into the Swift River.

Further into the hike, the trail will again split - if you stay right you cross another bridge that leads over a large runoff creek that feeds into the Swift River as well. This runoff creek is the runoff water from the Winsor Dam. You can head to the end of the bridge which leads into the field just below Winsor Dam where the trail essentially ends. You can make a small loop of the trail by heading north and coming back along the water if you want as well.

This is one of the most scenic trails in Belchertown and in Quabbin, especially in the winter. There are also a ton of other trails in this area as well that lead up to the visitor's center and Winsor Dam, so be sure to check out the park's trail map.

Fishing
This trail is very popular for fly fishing along the Swift River and is a designated for fly fishing only.

Pets
Dogs are not allowed on any trails at Quabbin.

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  1. Parking

    42.273428, -72.338098
  2. Main Trailhead

    42.273692, -72.338216
  3. Next to a bench with a small view of the Swift River

    42.274678, -72.338997
    Next to a bench with a small view of the Swift River
  4. Bench along the river

    42.275394, -72.339081
    Bench along the river
  5. Access to the Swift River

    42.280403, -72.339456
    Access to the Swift River
  6. Bridge that crosses the water station's runoff stream

    42.280678, -72.339906
    Bridge that crosses the water station's runoff stream
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1.2 miles / 1.9 km
Trail added
December 31, 2017
Hiked on
December 27, 2017
Updated on
April 27, 2020

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