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Bear Swamp State Forest

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Lots of varied terrain for intermediates to advanced riders, some really tough climbing and great downhill single track
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Latitude
42.74890305768043
Longitude
-76.31807327270508
Trail Directions
Bear Swamp lies at the south end of Skaneatles Lake off State Rt. 41A. Park behind a tavern called the Colonial Lodge.
Trail Length
3200 acres
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Skaneatles
   


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Review Date
July 31, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Morris921 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I ride an animated ATV: my horse!! But the trails are multi-use - hikers, bikers, riders and xc skiers in the winter. There are 3316 acres; has a total of 13 miles of trails, some level, some hills; paved and dirt roads through the forest as well as paths. There are residents within the forest boundaries. There are some gorgeous look out spots, conifer and deciduous wooded areas, and adequate parking. There is a copy of the NYS DEC map at: cnyhiking.com/BearSwampStateForest.htm

The Forest is less than half an hour from Skaneateles, Ithaca, Cortland; less than an hour from Syracuse; 'about' an hour from Binghamton.

Recommended Route:
Bear Swamp is located south west of Skaneateles Lake. Best access is off Route 41A; park behind the Colonial Restaurant at Hartnett Rd.



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Review Date
October 1, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: swampluv ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The swamp is great. I live in Skaneteles and its the best of whats around. It sounds like the majority of responses start at the Lodge Resturant/bar and go down into the swamp. The red trails are good but move to the heart of the swamp. Park at the south entrance and use the yellow trials to get to the blue and reds. Its really as boring as you make it. Pedal faster. And if you want excitment, climb to the intersection of Y9,Y5 and Y6(Memory a little hazy on this). Take Y5 and shoot down B3 and B1. This makes for a loop a couple miles in length and includes fast longer downhill with some rockgarden segments and some decent root hopping. I have bift it hard a couple times on the last steep segment on B1, you get moving and then relize there a log pyramid in muk followed by a bridge. The logs are cake but that damn brideg comes up fast and has a handrail, which really really hurts. Its actually the reason i bought a helmet. Im there about evryday, and its a shame that more people dont go.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
tell me please



Comments
teeyay (02/28/2012)
You ride there every day but you are a little hazy on details ?? What a moron you are . Maybe you should have bought that helmet sooner.
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Review Date
December 2, 2002

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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3.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Chris , from Newtown CT

Summary:
WoW. I'm glad I don't live out here cause I wouldn't ride. I rode here for a week and found nothing but nothing. This is by far the worst place I have ever riden. There arn't any drops steeps or anything!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None!



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Review Date
October 2, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Kris , from Union Springs, NY

Summary:
Trail ok, fun, but not challenging and can get boring since its not a long trail. Upstate NY is not incredibly hilly and therefore any hills on the trail are just that - small. I have probably only ridden 60% of the available trails, which, to be honest, are not that many, so the other reviews could be hitting on something I haven't ridden. Bottom line is that if you want to ride in this region Bear Swamp is the only place to do it... so one must make the best out of this trail. Trail is suited to beginners as its not too rough, paths are wide and relatively clean and there are no really steep grades. For a beginner to intermediate trail I give it a 4/5.

Recommended Route:
Park by the cafe.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
No other trails in immediate area of which I am aware.



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Review Date
October 28, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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4.50 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: cannondale/volvo , from groton

Summary:
decent trails, not to technical but fun for all skill levels. there are a few tough mud holes and a pretty fast downhill on rocks and roots so be careful. watch out for the creek crossing.

Recommended Route:
any but i recommend parking at the bottom and getting the long hill out of the way first. go all the way to the sign in booth and start the trail here.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
not too close but shindangen hollow and jenksville



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