Cycling Bear Creek Harbor to B. Forman Park

My bicycle "parked" at B. Forman Park, Pultneyville, New York
My bicycle “parked” at B. Forman Park

I took a little bike ride.  Usually, I’d ride trails and keep my road-riding to a minimum, but it had rained the week before and the trails were very soggy.  We ended up taking back roads for a very nice, rustic ride between Bear Creek Harbor (east of Webster) and B. Forman Park (east of Pultneyville).

Quick Stats

Round Trip Length: 7.0-17.8 miles Trail Type: Shuttle, Out & back, or Lollipop loop Elevation Change: 275ft. Pets: Leashed Fees: None

Looking down a road to Lake Ontario in Pultneyville, New York
Looking down a road to Lake Ontario in Pultneyville

The shortest method would have been to bike down Lake Road, but I didn’t want to do that (too much traffic without enough shoulder), so we took the small roads.  The scenery was a lot of apple orchards and vineyards, with some forest, fields, and country neighborhoods.  All in all, very nice for being next to a road!

Biking on Shepherd Road, Williamson, New York
Biking on Shepherd Road

Bear Creek Harbor is mostly just a boat launch for the Town of Ontario Residents (permit required whether or not you’re a resident of Ontario).  There is also a memorial garden to the veterans from the Town of Ontario who have died.  This time of year, the daffodils were glorious, and the views from the end of the grassy garden were pretty good too.

Daffodils at Bear Creek Harbor, Ontario, New York
Daffodils at Bear Creek Harbor

We headed east on Lake Road and took a quick right onto Furnace Road.  We passed a vineyard, then turned left on Putnam Road.  This is a neighborhood; there were quite a few families doing yard work (most of whom seemed to be enjoying themselves).  Putnam Road T’s into Fisher Road, so we turned left and took an almost immediate right onto Shepherd Road.

Riding up Fisher Road, Ontario, New York
Riding up Fisher Road

One of the nice things about Shepherd Road is that it’s very much in the country.  There are apple orchards galore, old barns, farm houses, and more.  Unfortunately, the trees weren’t blossoming yet (actually might be a good thing if we get the snow they’re predicting for this week).

The apple orchards along Shepherd Road, Williamson, New York
The apple orchards along Shepherd Road

Shepherd Road eventually T’s into Salmon Creek Road.  We turned left for almost a mile, where Salmon Creek Road T’s into Hamilton Street.  If you want to cut almost two miles (one way) off your ride, and you don’t mind a bit of traffic, turn left here up to Lake Road.  Once at Lake Road, turn right and you can ride through charming downtown Pultneyville (if historic towns are your thing, you’ll love it).

Downtown Pultneyville, New York
Downtown Pultneyville

We weren’t feeling quite that brave, so we turned right and continued south when Hamilton Street merges into Lake Avenue.  We should have then taken a left onto New Road, but I became confused and we continued down to Jersey Road.  Whichever you prefer, when you get to Bear Swamp Road, turn left and head back north to where it T’s into Lake Road and turn left.

A tractor in a field near Bear Swamp Road, Pultneyville, New York
A tractor in a field near Bear Swamp Road

You’ve overshot B. Forman Park at this point, but not by a lot.  A quarter mile will bring you to the entrance, on your right (the north side of Lake Road).

Along the shoreline at B Forman Park, Pultneyville, New York
Along the shoreline at B Forman Park

B. Forman Park was a long-standing fun place to visit when I was young, so I might have a little more fondness for it than many people.  Even so, it’s a very beautiful place to enjoy Lake Ontario.  There are small copses of trees, several picnic shelters, a large playground (the dangerous – but super fun – tall slides were removed a few years ago), and Mr. Forman’s house that has been turned into a lodge for parties.  (Interestingly, the house was a northern terminus for the Underground Railroad before the American Civil War.)

The B. Forman House was once a northern terminus of the Underground Railroad, Pultneyville, New York
The B. Forman House was once a northern terminus of the Underground Railroad

Better yet is the acres of green grass where you can plop down for a picnic or just to enjoy the views over Lake Ontario.  We kept our distance from all of the other people using the park (we by far were not the only people there) and found ourselves a nice little spot of green grass to park our bicycles.  Signs ask people to stay off the beach (I missed the meaning of the sign and did it anyway – oops!) but they’ve cut down all the vegetation along the edge of the beach and put in large rocks to keep the coastline in place.  Lakestones have washed up on top of the rocks, so while there may not be as many as there used to be (I remember when there were millions upon millions!) the beach is still pretty.

Lakestones on the shore of Lake Ontario, B. Foreman Park, New York
Lakestones on the lakeshore

We returned through Pultneyville and rode back to Bear Creek Harbor.  Overall it was a great day in the sunshine (even if I did forget sunscreen – yikes!) and a pretty good route, all things considered.

Cycling on Shepherd Road, Williamson, New York
Cycling on Shepherd Road

If you want to see a map of my ride (using New Road) on Google Maps, click here: https://goo.gl/maps/5voniyT2Vpu8xPXo6

Doing circles before our ride at Bear Creek Harbor, Ontario, New York
Doing circles before our ride at Bear Creek Harbor

Round Trip Length: 7.0 or 8.9 mile shuttle, 14.0 mile or 17.8 mile out & back; or 15.9 mile lollipop loop

Elevation gain: About 275ft. (253ft. to 348ft.)

Facilities: There were none at Bear Harbor; B. Forman Park usually has restrooms that always seem to be locked when I visit.  There are a few small restaurants in Pultneyville.

Fees: None for parking

Ride Notes: Some of the roads have better shoulders than others.  Most are fairly quiet though I saw vehicles on almost every single one.  No swimming, fishing, or alcohol is allowed at B. Forman Park.

Lakestones at B. Forman Park, Pultneyville, New York
Lakestones at B. Forman Park

Roads ★

Parking ★

Signs ★

Scenery ★

Would I go 100 miles out of my way for this? ★

Overall Rating: ★

Daffodils at Bear Creek Harbor, Ontario, New York
Daffodils at Bear Creek Harbor

GPS Coordinates

Bear Creek Harbor Parking: 43.276604, -77.275566 (43°16.59624′, -077°16.53396′ / 43°16’35.7744″, -077°16’32.0376″)

B. Forman Park: 43.281096, -77.168738 (43°16.86576′, -077°10.12428′ / 43°16’51.9456″, -077°10’07.4568″)

Anchor at Bear Creek Harbor, Ontario, New York
Anchor at Bear Creek Harbor

Getting to Bear Creek Harbor & B. Forman Park

Bear Creek Harbor is located on the north side of Lake Road 1.8 miles east of Webster Road, 5.1 miles east of County Line Road, 1.6 miles east of Ontario Center Road, 2.3 miles west of Stoney Lonesome Road, 4.7 miles west of Pultneyville, and 5.5 miles west of B. Forman Park.  The parking area is on the east side of Bear Creek across the road from the water treatment plant.

Lake Road in Pultneyville, New York
Lake Road in Pultneyville

B. Forman Park is located on the north side of Lake Road 0.8 miles east of Pultneyville, 1.4 miles west of Townline Road, 5.7 miles west of Maple Ave, and 9.6 miles west of Sodus Point.

For a map of my ride, click here: https://goo.gl/maps/5voniyT2Vpu8xPXo6

Map of my ride from Bear Creek Harbor to B. Forman Park, New York
Map of my ride from Bear Creek Harbor to B. Forman Park


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One thought on “Cycling Bear Creek Harbor to B. Forman Park

  1. David Kimble

    I seen information you supplied about where you can drive with an out of state permit . it was very helpful . thank you