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Beartown State Forest has two distinctly different worlds between the summer and winter. During the warm months the pristine 35-acre Benedict Pond attracts swimmers, boaters and fishermen. An extensive network of trails on over 12,000 acres offers visitors a chance to glimpse deer, bear, bobcat, fisher and other wildlife, including the park's namesake, the Black Bear. Brooks, beaver ponds, rich deciduous forest, flowering shrubs and wildflowers and fall foliage are plentiful. The Appalachian Trail passes near Benedict Pond and offers spectacular wooded views. The other half of the year the forest becomes a winter wonderland, where visitors on cross-country skis, snowshoes or snowmobiles can explore a snow-covered wilderness. The 1.5 mile Benedict Pond Loop Trail is a must in any season. Year-round camping is also available.

hiking
1 day ago

Lovely walking, although parts of the trail aren't kept up well, but the view from the "look out point" is excellent. About two miles near the end of the trail is on a road, which was a nice respite from the brush and bugs.

This is a beautiful rather magical trail through the woods and rock formations.

Map is incorrect- you cannot go in a loop- runs into private property off Ice Glen Rd

hiking
1 month ago

I took my grandson here today. We both loved it. We enjoyed the rock scrambles, the icy air coming from the caves on this 90 degree day, and all the natural treasures we found along the way including coral mushrooms, a tree frog, and an elderberry borer beetle while other hikers were geocaching.

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1 month ago

Beautiful! Keep an eye out for the blue spots for markers. Wonderful scramble. Moderate because of all the rocks but not too hard just lots of scrambling. Fun with three teens and a 40-ish person :)

Bonus - tons of extra frogs just around the railroad tracks for fun. :)

Tough hike up but only because of the incline. Doable and lots of families. Worth the uphill track. Plan to come back with family. Dog friendly. Path up easy to follow and easily identified. Path back down ended up on the wrong path by following worn path but all ended at the right place! Just be careful on the way down to stay on the trail.

Worth it and family friendly!!!

park on the right, opposite the no tresspassing sign and walk past the big gate...keep your eyes peeled on the left for an unmarked path leading up...actually the entire first part of the trail is absent any legitimate markings...honestly it gets tricky and i had to use my gps once or twice....lots of fresh bear sign....moderate rating well earned for some of the elevation change and a couple small steep spots...my 60 year old dad with a nad hip did it although for him he said it was perfect and he wouldnt want much more difficulty....trail was EMPTY although there were people at the firetower at the top who came from a different trail....the view from the tower is nice..not amazing but nice

hiking
1 month ago

Ice Glen is a good hike for sure footed kids. Not a good hike if you're carrying kids. This is one of the only hikes our kids will gladly accompany us on.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail recently has re-routed for some reason right by the tower. Watch your route coming back as I've found it very easy to get off the trail. There are lots of paths that people have worn into this area so finding "the trail" can be a challenge.

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1 month ago