Nichewaug is the largest of the three tracts that comprise the 435-acre Swift River Reservation, and its stone walls and cellar holes attest to the land’s agricultural past. Four miles of trails through forest and field allow short and longer loop hikes. Several of these trails lead to the East Branch of the Swift River, about a mile south of the parking area; there the trail and a woods road meander along the river for about 1½ miles. The trail to the right out of the parking lot also leads to a ledge outcrop with a wonderful vista of the Swift River valley and the forested ridge beyond. (Also visit the other sections of the Swift River Reservation, the Slab City Tract and the Davis Tract.)Directions:
From Rte. 2, take Exit 17, Rte. 32. Drive south through Petersham center to the 32/122 intersection. Continue south for 3.3 miles. Turn right on Nichewaug Rd. and go about 1/2 mile to entrance on left.