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Massachusetts whitewater, Westfield River - North Branch

Hampshire Hampden county, Knightsville Dam to Huntington section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     5.2 miles
  The Knightsville Dam to Huntington section of Westfield River - North Branch in Hampshire/ Hampden County is 5.2 miles long and is a class I-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Massachusetts tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The wonderful Massachusetts
    scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. This is a pretty decent length section, it's good length for a morning trip. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system,
the Knightsville Dam to Huntington stretch is just one of many. The starting location is a short drive from Springfield, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might  
end up sleeping in your car. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.

Briefly about the general area:
Gardner State Park is a good place to stretch your legs a bit, and you can have a great hiking adventure along the Richard Trail. This is a popular spot for folks from Huntington, and hiking along the Spring Trail is glorious fun. This river is so wonderful. Hit the beach if you want, Babbs Beach is practically right here. Chester-Blandford State Forest is a lovely location any time of year, and the best way to spend a winter day is on the slopes of close by Blandford.

Westfield River - North Branch, Knightsville Dam to Huntington road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Westfield River - North Branch.
 Whitewater Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Westfield River, Hampden County, 1 miles away
      Class I-II - 4 miles long (Huntington to Russell)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire/ Hampden County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 5.2 miles long (Knightsville Dam to Huntington)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire/Hampden County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 9.2 miles long (Chesterfield Gorge to Knightsville Dam)
Little River, Hampden County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.2 miles long (Dam below Cobble Mountain Reservoir to Northwest Road)
Westfield River - Middle Branch, Hampshire / Hampden County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (River Road to Littleville Dam)
Westfield River - West Branch, Berkshire / Hampshire County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Chester to Huntington)
Walker Brook, Berkshire/ Hampden County, 9 miles away
      Class IV - 3.5 miles long (3.5 miles West of Chester on Route 20 to Chester)
Swift River, Benzie County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1 miles long (Along Route 9 to North Branch Westfield River)
Westfield River - North Branch, Hampshire / Hampden County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 7.2 miles long (Cummington to Chesterfield Gorge)
Hubbard River, Hampden County, 12 miles away
      Class V - 2.65 miles long (W Hartland Road to Route 20)
 Ski Areas Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Blandford, Massachusetts , 4 miles away, 465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Otis Ridge, Massachusetts , 16 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
Berkshire East, Massachusetts , 19 miles away, 1180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Ski Sundown, Connecticut , 20 miles away, 625 foot drop, 5 lifts, 15 runs
Bousquet, Massachusetts , 29 miles away, 750 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Ski Butternut, Massachusetts , 31 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 10 lifts, 22 runs
Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts , 33 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 9 lifts, 45 runs
Haystack, Vermont , 34 miles away, 1160 foot drop, 23 lifts, 145 runs
Mount Southington, Connecticut , 35 miles away, 425 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Living Memorial Park, Vermont , 36 miles away, 204 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
 Marinas Near Westfield River - North Branch:
J and D Marina, Otis , 13 miles away
T & C Marina, East Otis , 13 miles away
Four Mile River Marina, West Springfield , 18 miles away
 Beaches Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Babbs Beach, Hartford , 14 miles away
 Hotels Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Quality Inn Westfield - Springfield, Westfield , 11 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites WESTFIELD, Westfield , 11 miles away
Autumn Inn, Northampton , 16 miles away
Homewood Suites By Hilton Holyoke-Springfield-North, Holyoke , 16 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Springfield Northampton/Amherst, Northampton , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Indian Hollow Group, Chesterfield, 5 miles away
Laurel Ridge Camping Area, Westfield, 6 miles away
Beartown State Forest, Monterey, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Spring Trail, Hampden , 3 miles away
Richard Trail, Hampden , 6 miles away
Link Trail, Hampden , 6 miles away
County Road Trail, Hampden , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Gardner State Park, Massachusetts , 2 miles away
Chester-Blandford State Forest, Massachusetts , 6 miles away
Hampton Ponds State Park, Massachusetts , 12 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Westfield River - North Branch:
Southwick Country Club, Southwick , 11 miles away
Shaker Farms Country Club, Westfield , 12 miles away
East Mountain Country Club, Westfield , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Westfield River - North Branch
Springfield Water Works Intake Reservoir, Hampden , 7 miles away
Nashawannuck Pond, Hampshire , 14 miles away
Congamond Lakes, Hampden , 14 miles away

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