Swift River Trail

Trail Stats

Location: Rumford
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 1 mile, round trip
Duration: 20-30 minutes
Managed by: Rumford Parks Department

What to Expect

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.

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Adventurers' Log





Adventurer:

CarouselShel

Completed Swift River Trail on:

08/17/2019

Trail Notes:

Nice Intown trail with a sweet view of the river.





Adventurer:

CharlieBear

Completed Swift River Trail on:

07/25/2019

Trail Notes:

This was where I learned to walk on a leash. I followed (hearded) two humans along the trail one way, on the way back I figured it all out and walked along beside my human. I enjoyed a quick play in the river after the walk. This is a great place to walk in town yet it feels like your in the woods.





Adventurer:

MissBarb

Completed Swift River Trail on:

07/25/2019

Trail Notes:

What a beautiful walk down by the river.
In town but you don't feel like your in town, it gives you that little bit of nature.





Adventurer:

SarahMarshall

Completed Swift River Trail on:

07/08/2019

Trail Notes:

One important thing to note about this trail is that Hosmer Field is now under construction (they are replacing the track) and is closed. If you are going to do this trail, it's important to note that you'll need to park by the tennis courts, and you're only able to walk in one direction and then turn around.





Adventurer:

Renee

Completed Swift River Trail on:

06/26/2019

Trail Notes:

A quick and easy trail with a view of the swift river.





Completed Swift River Trail on:

05/06/2019

Trail Notes:

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





Adventurer:

Karsenault2468

Completed Swift River Trail on:

05/06/2019

Trail Notes:

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!





Adventurer:

Gagson

Completed Swift River Trail on:

08/24/2018

Trail Notes:

There is a dirt path that run aside the tar trail so you do not have to go back the same way.





Completed Swift River Trail on:

08/01/2018

Trail Notes:

Nice stroll by the river





Adventurer:

AThiker

Completed Swift River Trail on:

05/12/2018

Trail Notes:

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.