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Bear Rocks is a Nature Conservancy Preserve which is considered home by numerous species in the far north. Located in Dolly Sods, a high plateau on top of the Allegheny Front, is covered with thick shrubs like huckleberries, blueberries, mountain laurel, azalea, and rhododendron. Dogwood and red spruce trees can be seen as well. The areas surrounding Bear Rocks are dotted with outcroppings of Pottsville conglomerate with low bushes and grassy meadows.

Throughout the area, unique white sandstone and quartz rocks make the site striking and bold. In many of these rocks, cavities shaped as a bowl have been carved due to erosion. Visitors will see them filled with ice, water, or algae. Rock steams that have formed way back in the glacial periods add up to the boulders.

Visitors can go for a hiking or a nature study on Bear Rocks Preserve. However, a precautionary measure is the preparation for the climate. The place is known to have an ever-changing and severe climate. Prevailing winds, rain, and thick snow may hinder some certain days from being pleasant for visitors.
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