The Swift River Walking Trail is a paved walkway that meanders through a young deciduous forest. The paved surface of about six feet wide is suitable for strollers, wheelchairs, and others with mobility challenges. The trail parallels the Swift River offering many beautiful views from the river's banks, and it provides a calm getaway from the athletic fields. Distance markers keep users informed on how far they have traveled along the path.
Dogs are welcome, but please pick up after them.
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The trailheads for the Swift River Walking Trail are located north (upstream) of the Hosmer Athletic Complex just north of downtown Rumford. Parking is available at all of the trailheads.
The walking trail is located near the intersection of US-2 and ME-120 (Lincoln Ave and Hancock Street) in Rumford. Take ME-120 (Hancock Street) north from the intersection. Take the next right onto Strafford Avenue. Continue straight for another 0.1 miles before reaching the athletic fields. There is parking all along Hosmer Lane, but parking near the football field puts you closest to the two southern trailheads, located on the far side of the football field. The paved parking lot includes ADA-designated spaces, and is on level with the track around the field, from which both trailheads may be reached. At the southern trailhead the trail leaves directly from the track through a gate in the fence. Both trailheads are well marked with signs.
Another parking lot can be reached by continuing past the football field on Hosmer Lane for just over 0.4 miles and parking near the tennis courts. The parking lot is paved and on level with the trail; there are no specifically ADA-designated spaces. The trailhead is located next to a large picnic area in the woods with several tables.
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