Bear Swamp State Forest - Long Loop Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This 3,316-acre state forest is traversed by 13 miles of trails through shady forest. Over 10,000 years ago the glaciers sculpted the Finger Lakes, leaving steep valley walls and flat-topped ridges. Native Americans used this area as hunting grounds. After the Revolutionary War, veterans and their families cleared the forests and settled the area. Farming continued through the Civil War and slowly declined as the soil was depleted, until the Great Depression of 1929 hastened farm abandonment. As with other State Forest land, this land was purchased in the 1930s and replanted by the Civilian Conservation Corps with red pine, Norway spruce, and larch. You’ll pass through these replanted forests, now a mix of conifers and hardwoods. Surface: Dirt trails."