Info: The Great Bear Recreational Area Trails is a cooperative effort between the City of Fulton, Town of Volney, and private land owners as well as volunteers. There are many nice trails of all kinds, everything from easy walking to muddy technical trails for the serious mountain biker. Dogs can be off-leash as long as they are under the owner’s control, and there is access to the Oswego River and numerous springs. The area has a rich history which can be found on the Friends of the Great Bear Recreational Website. Part of the trail goes along the old Erie Canal lock system, another part along an old trolley bed, and many other trails. Trails are pretty well marked, though it might help to print a map and bring with you if you are going on a number of them. The far end can sometimes be underwater slightly and there can be mud on some of the trails. For the winter season, effective December 1st – during the Winter xc-skiing and snowshoeing season, the landowners require no horses and bicycles when there is snow, ice, mud or poor ground conditions.
Directions/Location: The corner of Great Bear Road and Route 57 near Fulton in the Town of Volney. Good sized parking lot.
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GPS Coordinates: 43.2658°N 76.35185°W
Trail Distance: It varies, there are many trails from short ones to longer ones up to 2.7 miles in length, but by going on various trails you can go a longer distance.
Date/Time Open: Park is open year-round.
Mountain Biking Allowed: Yes.
Hiking/Walking Allowed: Yes.
Cross-Country Skiing: Yes. And snowshoeing.
Pets Allowed: Yes, dogs can be off-leash.
Built on Former Railroad: A section of one trail was built on an old trolley bed, another section the towpath for the Erie Canal.
Special Instructions/Information: Dogs can be off-leash. Friends of Great Bear Recreational Area website. For the winter season, effective December 1st – during the Winter xc-skiing and snowshoeing season, the landowners require no horses and bicycles when there is snow, ice, mud or poor ground conditions.