Hiking in River Valley

Black Mountain
Offering many trails for walking and hiking with gorgeous views from the summit. Take a left from the Rumford Information Center on to Route 2 and a quick right on to Spruce Street. Follow this road to the end, which is at the top of a hill, and take a right on to the Isthmus Road. There will be a sign on the left for Black Mountain approximately 2.5 miles. Turn left on Glover Road and follow it until you reach the mountain. Parking is available.

Coos Canyon
A beautiful scenic gorge carved into bedrock by the Swift River located in Byron. Walking trails, viewpoints and picnic tables are available. In addition, you can swim or pan for gold in the river. From Route 2 in Mexico take Route 17 west 13 miles to Coos Canyon, parking will be on the right.

Mount Zircon Access
From the Rumford Information Center parking lot, turn left and proceed to the top of the hill. At the top of the hill, turn left on to the South Rumford Road crossing the river on the high bridge and proceed 0.9 mile to a fork. Bear right at the fork and continue for 2.2 miles to the now closed Mount Zircon Spring Water Company plant. Access to the mountain is approximately 100 yards beyond this point. A gravel road between two residences is marked by a pipe gate and a sign proclaiming Rumford Water District. There is parking for a few cars.

Pass under the gate and follow the gravel road. At approximately 1.5 miles, there is a white building on the left covering the well known Moontide Spring – take an opportunity to sample the water from the overflow pipe that empties on the right side of the road. Continue for another 0.5 mile to where the trail to the summit bears left (there is a sign) and continues for another 0.5 mile to a nearly treeless summit.

Rumford Whitecap Access
The summit area is an excellent place to pick blueberries and is also a favorite place for observing birds. Starting at the parking lot of the Rumford Information Center, turn left on to US Route 2 and follow approximately 5 miles to Rumford Center. In Rumford Center, turn right on to Route 5 on Andover Road and follow for 1.6 miles to a right turn on to the Coburn Brook Road. It is 0.8 mile to the trailhead.

There is no sign at the trailhead, but it can be identified by a small hillside field on the right side of the road that serves as a parking area. It is also indicated by a narrow parking spot on the left side adjacent to Coburn Brook. The trail starts as an old logging road for 0.5 mile, at which point it bears left for a short distance (less than 0.25 mile) before arriving at the base of a ledge. The ledge is negotiated best on the left side and is not especially steep or long (about 100 feet). Once at the top of the ledge, the path is nearly level with only occasional rises for approximately 0.75 mile on mostly bare ledge interspersed with stunted softwoods to the bare summit.

Swift River Walking Trail
Walking trails and picnic tables run along the Swift River in Rumford. Take a right from the Rumford Information Center on to Route 2 and follow to the traffic light. Go straight through the light, you are now on Hancock Street/Route 120. Drive approximately 1/2 mile on Hancock Street and turn right into the recreation area to park. The right is just before a blue house with a fence, if you get to the high school you have gone too far.

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