About Dunbar Brook Portage
The Dunbar Brook Portage is a small hiking trail and launch point for canoeing or kayaking on the Deerfield River. This river flows throughout Western Massachusetts and is well-known for fly-fishing, rafting, and whitewater kayaking. Visitors will find a small trail leading from Dunbar Brook, crossing River Road, and heading toward the Dunbar Brook Picnic Area. On the picnic area’s east side, visitors will begin following a narrow trail on an old road. Soon, after nearing the river, the trail turns to the left and descends a steep slope. There are ropes on this section of the pathway, helping paddlers climb safely to the banks.
The ensuing section of the Deerfield River features challenging whitewater and rocky shores. On the Deerfield River, visitors will greet scenic views and diverse wildlife. Numerous local bird species, such as hawks and herons, are easily visible along the side of the river. The Berkshires also rise from the river’s edges, providing boaters with excellent mountain views at all times of the year. When the weather cools, these hills eventually turn yellow and orange with the vibrance of fall foliage.
Visitors will find parking next to the Dunbar Brook Picnic Area. A take-out point is further downstream from the portage, just before the Deerfield No. 5 Station.