Bear Lake Recreation Area - Hiking
The Bear Lake Loop Trail is a great 4 mile hike to take the entire family. The recreation area also has a campground, boat ramp, and fishing pier.
The Bear Lake Loop Trail is 4 miles around. There is also a 6 mile mountain bike trail. The 1.3 mile Sweetwater hiking trail leads to another recreation area and the 2 mile Bear to Jackson Connector Trail leads to the 21.5 mile Jackson Trail.
Destination Distance From Downtown
This is a very easy trail around a lake. There is little elevation gain. Watch for snakes and alligators, especially during the warmer months.
Time To Complete
The trails is 4 miles around the lake, but there are other trail options as well. You may want to stop to watch birds or take pictures also.
The recreation area is open year-round. It is hot and humid during the summer and there are many biting insects. The spring and fall are ideal times for hiking in this area.
Dogs are allowed on the trails and in the campground, on a leash.
There is a $2 fee per vehicle entering the recreation area.