The plan is to meet no later than 10:00 AM at the Great Bear Recreation Area parking lot right on Rte. 57 between Phoenix and Fulton.
Directions the Great Bear Recreation Area:
- From points south, take Rte. 57 north from the center of Phoenix approximately 3.75 miles. The parking lot will be on the left.
- Alternately, if you are approaching from the south on Rte. 481, get off at Exit 14, turn right towards Mexico at the end of the ramp and then almost immediately left on county Rte. 6. Stay on Rte. 6 for approximately 2.25 miles where you will then take a left onto Bankrupt Rd. After approximately 1.5 miles you will come to the intersection of Rte. 57, turn right and Great Bear will be about ¾ of a mile north on your left.
There are many trails at Great Bear. If you are not familiar with Great Bear, I recommend either downloading a copy of the map or printing one out. The map can be found at the Friends of Great Bear site --> Great Bear Trail Maps
I'll vary the length and trail choice for the hike based on weather and trail conditions. There are rolling hills, pine forests, drumlins, marsh areas and a walk by the Oswego River. There will be options to cut the hike short and head back to the parking lot. There are frequent trails signs with arrows pointing back to the parking lot.
And if you haven’t been there before, you’re going to love it! We should see plenty of signs of Spring in full bloom. Check out the full Great Bear site --> Friends of Great Bear