dogs on leash
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.
following this app, you only get 1 really nice view (the Ledges on the A.T. section), after that, it's pretty much a typical trail. because this trail is made up of a mix of trails in the area, there are a lot of shared access (dirt bikes, atv's) power line "trails" that are not groomed well, and some roads. I enjoyed myself, but can't say that this particular route was inspiring. I would, however, use this route for trail run training, there are a good amount of ups and downs, but it's mostly level. few roots and rocks, but not too much to suffer!
If you're hiking this, not skiing/snowshoeing, it a VERY easy hike. The most difficult aspect is probably the loose rocks that the dirt bikes and quads kick up. Yes, dirt bikes and quads are allowed in the summertime, although the few we ran into were all going pretty slow. There is one lookout point where you have a nice view, the rest is just walking through the woods. We also did the turkey trail.. Which didn't have any views or challenging parts either.