Bear Meadows Natural Area - Rothrock State Forest

  • Bear Meadows Hike in the Summer

    Interestingly enough, all the hikes that I have done on the Bear Meadows Trail have been during the winter months. The trail is ideal for hiking in the winter, with its lack of hills and well groomed trails. But the Bear Meadows Bog has a lot to offer in the summer months as well. In particular, during the later part of summer, are the numerous blueberry bushes that are bursting with ripe blueberries. Towards the end of July Mike and I decided to head out to Bear Meadows and do a summer hike on the Bear Meadows Trail.

  • Bear Meadows Trail: A Winter Stroll

    Bear Meadows was designated a natural area in 1966. Located in Rothrock State Forest, Bear Meadows is one of the largest fresh water bogs in the east. Unlike the bogs of Canada, the bog at Bear Meadows was not touched by the glaciers of the last ice age supporting a variety of plants over the past 10,000 years. On the day before deer season of 2005, Shari and I decided to take a nice winter hike around this 800 plus acre natural area.

  • Bear Meadows Variation Hike: Hiking the Jean Aron Path and Tuxedo Trail

    Bear Meadows was designated a natural area in 1966. Located in Rothrock State Forest, Bear Meadows is one of the largest fresh water bogs in the east. Unlike the bogs of Canada, the bog at Bear Meadows was not touched by the glaciers of the last ice age supporting a variety of plants over the past 10,000 years. Bear Meadows is a great place to explore and the Bear Meadows Trail that loops around the bog is a great place to start. However, this hike was a slight variation of the typical Bear Meadows hike as we explored some of the trails and ridgelines to the northeast of Bear Meadows.

  • Winter Hiking in Bear Meadows

    The first hike of 2011 had Shari, Dan and I doing a winter hike in Rothrock State Forest. We opted for the Bear Meadows Trail that loops around the Bear Meadows Natural Area. With four-wheel drive vehicles, we made it to the trailhead and began our first winter adventure of the year.