French River Canoe Trail – Greenbriar to Hodges Village Dam

Parking available near put-in at Greenbriar Park and take-out at Hodges Village Dam.
This stretch of the French River has only one established kayak/canoe launch and the trip down to the Bailey Bridge take-out area at Hodges Village Dam is not an easy paddle. Boaters must portage around at least two formidable beaver dams and can count on tree snags occurring here and there along the way. What makes it worth the effort is the abundance of wildlife, particularly in the open marsh areas. The trail is 3.4 miles long, and should take about 2.5 hours. Ample opportunities to stop and pull out for rest and exploration. You can also paddle back upstream to the put-in. No fee.


  • Paddling


30 Howarth Rd. (off Charlton Rd.)
Oxford, MA 01540