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Massachusetts whitewater, Westfield River - North Branch

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

 

CLASS I-III     7.2 miles
  The scenic beauty of Hampshire / Hampden County and the water flowing gracefully down Westfield River - North Branch beats anything. The average Massachusetts whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that many runs in this state are very easy. This stretch has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a
    bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The put-in is not too far from Springfield, as you can see on the road map further down.
This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. This stretch of Westfield River - North Branch is 7.2 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-III section of whitewater. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good places.

Briefly about the general area:
Berkshire East has delightful slopes and a friendly
 
staff, and a trip to Gardner State Park when you're here is never a bad idea. If you're visiting Westfield River - North Branch from West Chesterfield, you won't be the only one. Chester-Blandford State Forest is a great location to visit on a delightful day, and hiking is a popular thing to do around Westfield River - North Branch; Richard Trail is a great local trail. There's great hiking along the Spring Trail. Summertime highs at Westfield River - North Branch frequently tend to be in the 70's. Once the sun is down it sinks down to the 50's. The winter comes with highs in the 20's; winter nights come with lows in the 0's to Westfield River - North Branch.

Westfield River - North Branch, Cummington to Chesterfield Gorge 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, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 7.2 miles long (Cummington to Chesterfield Gorge)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire/Hampden County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.2 miles long (Chesterfield Gorge to Knightsville Dam)
Swift River, Benzie County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1 miles long (Along Route 9 to North Branch Westfield River)
Westfield River - Middle Branch, Hampshire / Hampden County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (River Road to Littleville Dam)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire/Hampden County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 6.2 miles long (West Cummington to Cummington)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire/ Hampden County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 5.2 miles long (Knightsville Dam to Huntington)
Chickley River, Franklin County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Route 8A to Deerfield River)
Westfield River - West Branch, Berkshire / Hampshire County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Chester to Huntington)
Westfield River, Hampden County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 4 miles long (Huntington to Russell)
Whitewater Outfitter - Zoar Outdoor, Franklin County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Berkshire East, Massachusetts , 10 miles away, 1180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Blandford, Massachusetts , 12 miles away, 465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Otis Ridge, Massachusetts , 19 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Haystack, Vermont , 25 miles away, 1160 foot drop, 23 lifts, 145 runs
Bousquet, Massachusetts , 27 miles away, 750 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Mount Snow, Vermont , 28 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 20 lifts, 80 runs
Ski Sundown, Connecticut , 28 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts , 29 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 9 lifts, 45 runs
Living Memorial Park, Vermont , 29 miles away, 204 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Ski Butternut, Massachusetts , 33 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:
Autumn Inn, Northampton , 17 miles away
Quality Inn Westfield - Springfield, Westfield , 18 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites WESTFIELD, Westfield , 18 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Springfield Northampton/Amherst, Northampton , 18 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Northampton- Amherst, Northampton , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Berkshire Park Camping Area, Worthington, 2 miles away
Indian Hollow Group, Chesterfield, 5 miles away
Peppermint Park Camping Resort, Plainfield, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Spring Trail, Hampden , 7 miles away
Richard Trail, Hampden , 14 miles away
Link Trail, Hampden , 15 miles away
County Road Trail, Hampden , 15 miles away
Dunbar Brook Trail, Franklin , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Gardner State Park, Massachusetts , 7 miles away
Chester-Blandford State Forest, Massachusetts , 10 miles away
Mohawk Trail State Forest, Massachusetts , 12 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Edge Hill Golf Course, Shelburne Falls , 9 miles away
Beaver Brook Golf Club, Haydenville , 13 miles away
Pine Grove Golf Club, Florence , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Westfield River - North Branch
Ashmere Lake, Berkshire , 14 miles away
Springfield Water Works Intake Reservoir, Hampden , 16 miles away
Nashawannuck Pond, Hampshire , 17 miles away

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