Distance: 1 mile, round trip
Duration: 20-30 minutes
Managed by: Rumford Parks Department
Right in the heart of Rumford, the Swift River Trail offers a peaceful riverside walk suitable for all abilities.
The best trailhead access is at the north end of the trail behind the Hosmer Field Athletic Complex where ample parking is available. It is also possible to access the trail from U.S. Route 2 (Lincoln Avenue), especially if you are walking from elsewhere in downtown Rumford or Mexico.
The half-mile long trail offers views of the shallow and rocky Swift River, which enters the Androscoggin River just downstream from the trail. Mileage markers posted along the trail let you know how close you are to each end of the trail.
The trail is wheelchair accessible although tree roots growing under the pavement have created some bumps along the way.
Users should also be aware that there are low-lying parts of trail that are flood-prone during times when the Swift River is running high.
It was a pretty good walking trail. Nice river view and you could hear the birds, so that was cool. It's also a quick walk to do if you need a place to think and clear your mind. Very calming
The Swift River Walking Trail is located within the river valley on the Rumford side of the bridge separating the two towns. You can enter the trail through the Hosmer Feild Complex entrance or through a road off to the left when leaving the High School. Our Walking For Fitness class opted to take the route that started at the road off of the High School, if you go this route you will also pass the skate park and the tennis courts.
The start of the tail currently has many tree stumps as the town prepares to move the trail further from the Swift River. This is happening due to the river undercutting the land the paved trail sits on and is causing it to sag. The further the you go into the trail the more you are shielded from the sun due to the thick foliage above. You will walk passed a cement building which used to be used as a GeoCash site but now is not, you will also go over a wooden bridge.
The entire trail is a half mile but is a whole mile round trip! It is also suitable for anyone of any fitness ability or anyone who has walking limitations as the entire trail is paved. Something that is worth noting is that the trail is flooded roughly half way through due to snow melt, other than that, a perfect trail for anyone!
There is a dirt path that run aside the tar trail so you do not have to go back the same way.
Nice stroll by the river
Beautiful spring day for a leisurely strolls along the Swift River. Sounds of the Spring birds singing their beautiful songs was relaxing and we saw the occasional chipmunk cross our path.
We love this trail! Usually we walk it with our dog, or riding bikes. This time we completed it on snow shoes!
We've done this path a few times. It's a great bike path for kiddos too.
We had a really nice stroll along this river trail. It's lovely!
The trail is beautiful and so close to shopping and services in Rumford! We had a pleasant walk with the town manager and public works director from Rumford. Thanks LJ and Mike for a great walk.