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North Country Trail

Bear Creek
State Forest


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This 2.2 mile stretch of the North Country Trail features Bear Creek State Forest. This section of the NCT coincides with the white blazed Finger Lakes Trail.

At 547 acres, Bear Creek State Forest is smaller than most state forests. This state forest is located northwest of Franklinville, NY just off NY 16 along Upper Bear Creek Road. The North Country Trail travels just over two miles through the western, southern and eastern parts of the forest.  There is an abandoned road that runs along Bear Creek through the middle of the forest and logging tracks that gives hikers other options to explore within the state forest.  There is also power lines that run north-south through the forest that offers another hiking option in the forest.

Look below for a picture, map and detailed trail description of this section of the trail.

Entering Bear Creek State Forest


Mile Elevation North Country Trail Description
0.0 1797 feet

Parking. Trail turns right off road near the left bend of the road.  Enter Bear Creek State Forest and ascend.

0.25 1964 feet

Trail veers left.

0.45 2026 feet

Highest point along trail in Bear Creek State Forest.

0.75 1936 feet

Begin to ascend.

1.1 2025 feet

Begin to descend.

1.3 1918 feet

Trail turns left.

1.7 1905 feet

Begin steep descent toward Bear Creek Road.  Part of the way along logging road.

2.1 1684 feet

Cross Bear Creek.  No bridge.

2.2 1683 feet

Reach Bear Creek Road.  End of this section.  NCT turns right and follows road to NY 16 south to just pass Ten Broeck Cemetery.  For a continuation see Kingsbury Hill.


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