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.
Nice trail by the river. It was not as buggy as we expected for being by the water. All kinds of fun stuff to do near the trail too. A walking track, fields to play in, skate park which was fun on the scooters too, basketball and tennis courts.
The trail was flooded in a couple places, but the alternate routes gave us a chance to check out some different scenery.
The kids and I had a blast on this trail, my four yr old enjoyed collecting rocks along the way
Nice Intown trail with a sweet view of the river.
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.
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.
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.
A quick and easy trail with a view of the swift river.
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!