Bear Caves Mount Seneca Trail

MODERATE 19 reviews

Bear Caves Mount Seneca Trail is a 4.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Salamanca, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

4.2 miles
1,328 feet
Out & Back




mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing





wild flowers



New York State Division of Tourism, One Commerce Plaza , Albany, NY, 12245, Phone: 518-474-4116

9 days ago

Hiked part of the trail with a 3 and 5 year old. Made it in about a mile, just past the “cave.” Cool rock formations throughout. Would definitely like to get back here again ... cool hike.

10 days ago

We hiked this trail on a Saturday morning. The first two miles it was raining, the remainder it stopped. The trail was well kept. We only passed a few people on our way out ( near the ‘bear caves’). We opted to take the roadway back to the trail head as it was a wet mess. Our 4.5 year old son hiked the trail with no issues. I was a bit disappointed as it offered no scenery outside of your typical dense woods and it’s not a loop.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail! The bear caves were very neat to see. My only complaint was that it’s not a loop.

7 months ago

Great trail just need better markers.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

I loved this trail!!! The caves at the beginning were awesome and fun to climb on. The rest of the hike was tough but beautiful!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Despite all the rain overnight this trail remained reasonably dry. Nice hike.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

great hike

Thursday, February 20, 2014

If you start at the trail head it's a great mild hike up to the caves. The trail is well established and easy to follow. If you are with kids or just feel like doing a quick stop to just see the bear caves you go to the end of the trail on the road and just hike a mile or so back to the bear caves. It's easy to find along the road because most of the time there's multiple cars parked there. But if you enjoy the hike and feeling like you worked your way into the woods to get there i recommend doing the full trail.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Bring a headlamp for the caves, and think skinny!

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