Bear Swamp

3.50 out of 5
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↑ 3,000 ft
↓ 2,700 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Not many blow-downs but they do get cleared periodically. Can be lots of mud at times. Some truck trails to ride on for beginners.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (8)

Granny Gear

July 10, 2017
xcxc Granny Gear  
Review: I was there yesterday (Sunday 7/9/17) and had a great ride. Trails in good shape, not as much mud as I had expected. The micro mud bogs were full but they always are, the trails were ok. Not a lot of downed trees or horse apples. The horse flies are a great training tool, they keep you moving.

Similar Trail: Shindagin, without the man made features and TLC


October 22, 2016
Review: Good place to get a cardio workout. I have been to Bear Swamp State Forest Park 3 times over the past 2 years. Nothing technical at all that I have found, but it is a good place to test your cardio fitness as there is a fair amount of climbing. Do not confuse this with Great Bear park in Phoenix NY. This is Bear Swamp in Sempronius/Moravia NY. Google Colonial Lodge, Moravia NY to find the nearest trail heads. PROS: ~Not technical (also could be a con depending upon your point of view) ~Good place to take a MTB newbie, so long as they are in good shape. ~Natural & Scenic. You are definitely out in nature on this trail. Good place to meditate relax and reflect while riding. ~ Good for XC. if XC MTB is your thing then this is your place. (Trails are also very good for XC skiing in winter). CONS: ~Not Technical at all. see Pros above :-) ~Horse crap is EVERYWHERE! I have never seen a horse on these trails but apparently the trails are very popular with the horseback crowd who don't pick up after their steeds. ~Some trails are overgrown due to lack of use.

Similar Trail: Hammond Hill near Ithaca NY

Granny Gear

June 5, 2016
pmbrownlee Granny Gear  
Review: It took me a couple tries to find the best starting point. Enter Iowa Rd to Bear Swamp road. Go north 1/4 mile and parking / trail map on your right. Takes you right to trails and you get to finish going down hill.

Granny Gear

April 21, 2016
itsjfonda Granny Gear  
Review: Maybe I didn't hit the right trail head? I tried two separate entries and both were extremely unruly and Not groomed. I would like to try again.

Bunny Hop

July 15, 2015
Albiecrazy Bunny Hop  
Review: Pretty gnarly trail - would have liked to spend a little more time but a thunderstorm rolled in and cut my ride a little short. Single track trails were muddy and some roots hidden within. Other sections were not as muddy and a lot of fun - some mainly straight down hills but one section of downhill was really flowy. Would love to get back here when it's a little drier, but I sense that this place is always a little muddy. The kind of place you want to keep moving or the bugs will have you for lunch.


March 22, 2006
Review: Best kept secret in New York! This is where I learned to ride. Multiple use area, everybody's friendly-except some o' dem backwoods boys on motorized vehicles... Yes, do go there with someone who knows the place. Climbs are killer, and there are very swoopy and technical trails if you know where they are. I have ridden at the swamp all day over 20 miles and never ridden over my own tracks!! Watch the horse dookie.

October 7, 2004
Review: trails were greeat not technical but very fast in spots, some fast swooping descents, better off going w/ someone that is familiar

June 14, 2004
Review: as of 6/9/04, a storm brought down some big trees. And of course they are across the best down hill trails. Hope they get cleared soon. The trails are starting to dry up.

Bear Swamp MTB Trail 3.50 out of 5 based on 8 ratings. 8 user reviews.
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