Bear Swamp State Forest Professional Review and Guide
"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. Bear Swamp State Forest is managed to maintain wildlife habitat, harvest wood products, and encourage recreational uses. The trails are well marked with round trail markers. Please stay on the marked trails. Hills tend to be long but not particularly steep. This area lies within the snowbelt and holds snow well into spring. Terrain: Hilly."