Swift River Reservation, Petersham

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The Swift River Reservation is a 439acre open space preserve located in Petersham, Massachusetts, United States. The property, named after the East Branch of the Swift River (a tributary of the Ware River), is managed by the land conservation non-profit organization The Trustees of Reservations and offers 7mi of trails available for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and cross country skiing. Ledges, river corridor, woodlands, scenic vistas, and wetlands characterize the preserve.The property is divided into three contiguous parcels, the Slab City Tract, Davis Tract, and Nichewaug Tract. Trailheads are located off Massachusetts Route 32/122, Glen Valley Road, and Nichewaug Road in Petersham. A network of trails runs between the Davis and Nichewaug tracts; the Slab City tract is not connected to the other two parcels via trail. The East Branch of the Swift River passes through the Slab City and Nichewaug tracts.History and ConservationThe reservation was farmland until the late 1880s. Small scale mill industries also stripped the area of trees. When farming migrated to the Midwest and the industries closed, the land became wooded again. The property contains cellar hole remains of farmsteads. Scenic vistas are located on the Slab City and Nichewaug tracts.The tracts were acquired in 1983 and 1985 by the Trustees of Reservations.The Swift River Reservation is part of a larger area of protected open space including Harvard University's Harvard Forest, and state owned land. Work out when and for how long to visit Swift River Reservation and other Petersham attractions using our handy Petersham tour itinerary site .
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  • I visited Swift river this past winter after a snowfall. Parked on the Ware / Belchertown border in a little parking area. Lots of people were there fly fishing. Apparently this section of the river.....  more »
  • Gorgeous day at Swift River. We walked a combination of trails; red to blue to River Trail, yellow loop and Carruth Trail. It took about 3 hours, including stopping for photos and a few breaks...  more »
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  • What a lovely spot for viewing and fishing if you enjoy that as well. Early Morning till 11Am will bring you best times during the late spring, summer, early fall for some fantastic pictures, with great great and blue saturations. House picture framing material. Lots of trails in the area and I plan to go back for those this fall for leaf peeping. They stock fish multiple time a year in this area so bring your best worms or lures. Please bless me with a thumbs up if my review helped you, or you enjoyed my pictures. Have a great trip to the Swift River.
  • My favorite place to take young kids on a hike. Open grass paths lead past old cellar holes and there are a few different trails to choose from. I especially liked the trail that follows the Swift river. There are some magical mossy spots where the water is safe and shallow enough for young kids to play in. There's rocks to climb and gorgeous trees. It's perfect!

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