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Massachusetts whitewater, Dunbar Brook

Franklin Berkshire county, South Road to Deerfield River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     2.7 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Massachusetts are often easier than in other states, so don't forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The scenic beauty of Massachusetts and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. If you're coming from Bennington it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's
    a road map further down the page. This is a pretty short section so no need to bring snacks. The South Road to Deerfield River stretch of Dunbar Brook is 2.7 miles long and has been rated as a class V section by American
Whitewater. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. There's camping available near Dunbar Brook. 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 might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. This is one of a small number  
of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of folks from Monroe Bridge here; on a fine day you can take a hike along the Busby Trail. Going to Monroe State Forest close to Dunbar Brook is a perfect thing to do, and since you're here you can take a hike along the Dunbar Brook Trail. This is such a great river. A trip to Mohawk Trail State Forest when you're here at Dunbar Brook is never a bad idea, and a day on the slopes of Berkshire East is just what you need. All through the summertime months here at Dunbar Brook, high temperatures frequently get into the 70's with night lows in the 50's.

Dunbar Brook, South Road to Deerfield River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Dunbar Brook.
 Whitewater Near Dunbar Brook:
Dunbar Brook, Franklin / Berkshire County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 2.7 miles long (South Road to Deerfield River)
Deerfield River, Franklin County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 9.5 miles long (Bear Swamp to Route 2)
Deerfield River, Franklin County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3 miles long (Monroe Bridge to Bear Swamp)
Whitewater Outfitter - Crab Apple Whitewater, Franklin County, 4 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Cold River, Franklin County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.25 miles long (Route 2 hairpin turn to Deerfield River)
Deerfield River - West Branch, Bennington County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 3.5 miles long (Heartwellville to Readsboro Village)
Pelham Brook, Franklin County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 3.25 miles long (Rowe Center to Deerfield River)
Chickley River, Franklin County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Route 8A to Deerfield River)
Hoosic River, Hampden County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 11.3 miles long (North Adams to North Pownal Vermont)
Whitewater Outfitter - Zoar Outdoor, Franklin County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Dunbar Brook:
Berkshire East, Massachusetts , 8 miles away, 1180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 45 runs
Haystack, Vermont , 12 miles away, 1160 foot drop, 23 lifts, 145 runs
Mount Snow, Vermont , 14 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 20 lifts, 80 runs
Stratton, Vermont , 21 miles away, 2003 foot drop, 16 lifts, 90 runs
Jiminy Peak, Massachusetts , 23 miles away, 1150 foot drop, 9 lifts, 45 runs
Snow Valley, Vermont , 25 miles away, 700 foot drop, 1 lifts, 7 runs
Bromley Mountain, Vermont , 26 miles away, 1334 foot drop, 10 lifts, 45 runs
Bousquet, Massachusetts , 26 miles away, 750 foot drop, 5 lifts, 10 runs
Blandford, Massachusetts , 27 miles away, 465 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Otis Ridge, Massachusetts , 28 miles away, 400 foot drop, 5 lifts, 11 runs
 Hotels Near Dunbar Brook:
Holiday Inn BERKSHIRES, North Adams , 10 miles away
The Porches Inn At MASS MoCA, North Adams , 10 miles away
Snow Goose Inn, West Dover , 14 miles away
Mount Snow Condominiums, West Dover , 14 miles away
Laylas Riverside Lodge, West Dover , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Dunbar Brook:
Mohawk Trail State Forest, Rowe, 4 miles away
Savoy Mountain State Forest, North Adams, 6 miles away
Shady Pines Campground, Savoy, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Dunbar Brook:
Dunbar Brook Trail, Franklin , 1 miles away
Busby Trail, Berkshire , 6 miles away
Kelly Camp Trail, Bennington , 8 miles away
Old Stage Trail, Bennington , 10 miles away
Deerfield Ridge Trail, Windham , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Dunbar Brook:
Monroe State Forest, Massachusetts , 1 miles away
Mohawk Trail State Forest, Massachusetts , 4 miles away
Savoy Mountain State Forest, Massachusetts , 5 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Dunbar Brook:
Blackstone Golf Course, Defuniak Springs , 5 miles away
Stamford Valley Golf Course, Stamford , 7 miles away
Forest Park Country Club, Adams , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Dunbar Brook
Lake Sadawga, Windham , 7 miles away
Searsburg Reservoir, Bennington , 10 miles away
Ashmere Lake, Berkshire , 16 miles away

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