Bear Swamp State Forest covers 3,539 acres with a 14.3-mile multiple use trail system. All trails are designated by color and are marked. The trails have been designed to offer family-based cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Trails are available to serve beginners and intermediate users. There are 12.5 miles of snowmobile trails on Bear Swamp State Forest. The trails include 2.5 miles of corridor trail and the 10-mile Bear Swamp/Ridge Road loop trail.
Fishing is permitted as well as hunting and trapping during the appropriate seasons. A large wetland and creek bisect the forest and provide excellent opportunities for those who love to paddle.
At-large primitive camping is allowed. Campsites must be at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail, or body of water. Camping for more than three nights or in groups of 10 or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. Please see the DEC site for further information.