Bear Swamp is a beautiful 3000+ acre mixed use forest with old woods roads, ponds, and trails bordering Skaneateles Lake to the east. The terrain is rolling and forested. No prior experience is needed. We’ll walk on a variety of trails, some of which may be muddy, so come prepared for that. If the trees are budding, it should be photo-worthy!
General information with photos: www.cnyhiking.com/BearSwampStateForest.htm
Detailed state forest map: https:/www.dec.ny.gov/lands/59258.html
Where to Meet: Iowa Road parking lot, Bear Swamp State Forest, Sempronius, NY, 13077
From points north, east, and west, drive to Skaneateles. Take Rt. 41A South down the west side of Skaneateles Lake to Iowa Road in Sempronius. Turn left onto Iowa Rd. Take it to where it ends, at a T. Turn left at the T. (You’re now turning onto Bear Swamp Rd. - which is dirt, not pavement - although there’s no sign that says so.) Drive about 2000 yards and there will be a parking lot on your right. That’s where we’ll meet.
From the south: Get to Rt. 38A north; follow it a short way to Dresserville Rd. and turn right; turn left on Franklin; continue straight onto Big Hill Rd; turn left onto Rt. 41A north, and in .4 miles turn right onto Iowa Rd. Follow it for 1.5 miles and turn left onto Bear Swamp Rd. In .2 parking lot will be on right.
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