Bear Swamp State Forest - Long Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This 3,316-acre state forest is traversed with 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 the other State Forest land, this land was purchased in the 1930s and was replanted by the Civilian Conservation Corps with red pine, Norway spruce, and larch. You’ll be passing through these replanted forests, now a mix of conifers and hardwoods. Bear Swamp State Forest is managed using the multiple-use concept. This concept includes maintaining wildlife habitat, harvesting wood products, and encouraging recreational uses. The roads in Bear Swamp State Forest are rough but navigable by a vehicle. They are seasonal use roads that are not plowed in the winter. Surface: Dirt trails."