Although Strawberry is a small town, there are many things you can do around here:
The Strawberry Schoolhouse: About two miles from The Bear on Fossil Creek Road is the oldest standing schoolhouse in Arizona. Directions at The Bear.
Fossil Creek: Ask for information at the Pine / Strawberry Fire Department on Fossil Creek Road in Strawberry. Reservations are required, and the hike to the creek is difficult. Please bring plenty of water, and no flip flops allowed !!!
Hardscrabble Mesa: A good area for hikes and four wheeling. If you look closely you may even find an arrowhead or two. Twin Buttes road is a nice drive in the country, or you can go the "back way" from Strawberry to Pine. High clearance vehicle, truck or 4WD is recommended, especially if wet. Directions at The Bear.
Calf Pen Canyon: Six miles North of town, this area overlooks our miniature version of the Grand Canyon. Extremely Rough Road Directions at The Bear.
Wildcat Springs: A good place to find clamshell fossils, camp, or just take a hike. 300 Road is nearby, and is a nice ride in the forest with many fantastic views. Again, as with any Forest Service road, be careful of your choice of vehicle. Directions at The Bear.
Pine Museum: Local history in Pine at the Community Center.
Tonto Natural Bridge: A popular State Park halfway between Strawberry and Payson.
Strawberry to Pine Trail: Starts at the southbound slow vehicle pull-out on Hwy 87. This trail meanders down from Strawberry Mt. to Pine. It is not a casual hike, and may take some effort. Directions at The Bear.
Fishing Spots: Potato Lake, & Blue Ridge Reservoir are the best spots. Although some local ponds have fish, they are either entirely on Private Property or surrounded by Private Property. Please ask if fishing is allowed before wetting a hook in town.
REMEMBER...IF YOU PACK IT IN, PLEASE PACK IT OUT!!
A water bottle, soda or beer can, potato chip bag, or burger take-out box all weigh less when they're empty, which makes it easier to carry them out, than it was to carry them in!!!