Swift River Falls
  • Town: Roxbury
  • Rating: 3.5
  • Type: cascades
  • Height: 6 feet
  • Source: Swift River
  • Trail Length: roadside
  • Trail Difficulty: easy
  • Altitude Gain: none
  • Hiking Time: none

Two sites along the Swift River merit your attention. The first, Coos Canyon, a state-funded picnic area lying in the village of Bryon, is a geologically fascinating granite gorge with precipitous walls, but surprisingly no waterfalls or even small cascades can be found here. The second, just south of the canyon, is a segmented cascade known simply as Swift River Falls.

The powerful, rushing waters of the Swift River cascade over small to large potholes that look as if a giant's fingerprints have created impressions in the rocks. Beyond the falls, the sides of the river are lined with hundreds more potholes and oddly carved granite structures. There is also a natural bridge formation, quite small but worthy of note.

To our dismay, the area has fallen victim to partygoers and other visitors who have disrespected the land. Spray paint, junk food wrappers, and cigarette butts lie among the potholes. Hopefully the site will one day become a small park or rest area and be cleaned up a bit.

Waterfall details provided courtesy of www.NewEnglandWaterfalls.com.

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