Snowmobiling is a popular sport in and around Hancock. There are lands and trails available for riders in our area, but you have to do some digging.
The Delaware Valley Ridge Riders are the “folks in the know” about such things, so you’ll definitely want to get in touch with them. They ride nearby on the Bear Spring and Campbell Mountain trails and many other trails in the Delaware Valley region. They also maintain an active Facebook Page where you can find out about their current events and trail rides.
The well-marked trails at Bear Spring Mountain vary in degree of difficulty. Maps are posted at the trailheads and indicate the rating of each trail. However, the maps do not list trail distances, and signs indicating mileage are few and far between. The trails travel along the ridges. You will encounter gradual hill climbs and some steep sections.
In a clearing along the Middle Pond Shortcut, notice the ruins of an old farm. The “Box of Rocks” Trail is extremely rocky as it’s name suggests. The Fork Mountain trail during autumn offers beautiful views westward after the leaves blanket the ground.
During winter months, the trails are marked and maintained for snowmobiling by the Delaware Valley Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club. Trails are marked, allowing riders passage to Downsville, NY, where riders have access to marked gas trails for gasoline, convenience stores, a diner, and The Old Schoolhouse Inn bar/restaurant.
This is a small, local group out of Deposit, New York with some great, convenient trails surrounded by several thousand acres of state land. They operate a B&B which also serves as the main trailhead, so no need to trailer your machine… just fire it up and ride!