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.
Note: No dogs allowed at Quabbin.