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Massachusetts whitewater, Westfield River - North Branch

Hampshire Hampden county, West Cummington to Cummington section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     6.2 miles
  This stretch of Westfield River - North Branch in Hampshire/Hampden County is 6.2 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-III section. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Massachusetts is often easier than elsewhere, so don't forget that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling places. Great exercise
    and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Pittsfield, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page.
The natural beauty of Hampshire/Hampden County and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon.  
The campgrounds here at Westfield River - North Branch are pretty good.

Briefly about the general area:
There are plenty of people from Cummington here at Westfield River - North Branch. Really perfect skiing awaits you at Berkshire East, and a journey to Mohawk Trail State Forest is a great idea. This is such a fun river. There are nice places to discover along the Spring Trail; going to Gardner State Park is a nice thing to do. Don't leave Westfield River - North Branch without first going for a hike along the Dunbar Brook Trail. Summer brings highs in the 80's to Westfield River - North Branch.

Westfield River - North Branch, West Cummington to Cummington road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Westfield River - North Branch.
 Whitewater Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire/Hampden County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.2 miles long (West Cummington to Cummington)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire / Hampden County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 7.2 miles long (Cummington to Chesterfield Gorge)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire/Hampden County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.2 miles long (Chesterfield Gorge to Knightsville Dam)
Swift River, Benzie County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1 miles long (Along Route 9 to North Branch Westfield River)
Chickley River, Franklin County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Route 8A to Deerfield River)
Westfield River - Middle Branch, Hampshire / Hampden County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (River Road to Littleville Dam)
Whitewater Outfitter - Zoar Outdoor, Franklin County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Crab Apple Whitewater, Franklin County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Cold River, Franklin County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.25 miles long (Route 2 hairpin turn to Deerfield River)
Westfield River - West Branch, Berkshire / Hampshire County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Chester to Huntington)
 Ski Areas Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Berkshire East, Massachusetts , 8 miles away, 1180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Blandford, Massachusetts , 14 miles away, 465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Otis Ridge, Massachusetts , 18 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Haystack, Vermont , 23 miles away, 1160 foot drop, 23 lifts, 145 runs
Bousquet, Massachusetts , 24 miles away, 750 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Mount Snow, Vermont , 25 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 20 lifts, 80 runs
Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts , 25 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 9 lifts, 45 runs
Ski Sundown, Connecticut , 30 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Living Memorial Park, Vermont , 30 miles away, 204 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Ski Butternut, Massachusetts , 31 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 10 lifts, 22 runs
 Marinas Near Westfield River - North Branch:
T & C Marina, East Otis , 17 miles away
J and D Marina, Otis , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Holiday Inn BERKSHIRES, North Adams , 17 miles away
The Porches Inn At MASS MoCA, North Adams , 18 miles away
Econo Lodge Pittsfield, Pittsfield , 19 miles away
Autumn Inn, Northampton , 21 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, New Ashford , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Peppermint Park Camping Resort, Plainfield, 2 miles away
Berkshire Park Camping Area, Worthington, 4 miles away
Shady Pines Campground, Savoy, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Spring Trail, Hampden , 10 miles away
Dunbar Brook Trail, Franklin , 13 miles away
Busby Trail, Berkshire , 14 miles away
Richard Trail, Hampden , 17 miles away
Link Trail, Hampden , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Mohawk Trail State Forest, Massachusetts , 9 miles away
Gardner State Park, Massachusetts , 11 miles away
Savoy Mountain State Forest, Massachusetts , 11 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Edge Hill Golf Course, Shelburne Falls , 11 miles away
Bass Ridge Country Club, Hinsdale , 14 miles away
Brae Burn Country Club, Newton Lower Falls , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Westfield River - North Branch
Ashmere Lake, Berkshire , 11 miles away
Lake Sadawga, Windham , 16 miles away
Ashley Reservoir, Berkshire , 19 miles away

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