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Discover Pine

Pine Creek Cabin's

Area Activities

From the outdoor enthusiast to the enthusiastic shopper, Pine offers something for everyone. The Pine-Strawberry area enjoys four seasons with fun activities for the year-round traveler.

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Hiking Trails

Fossil Creek


Fossil Creek is a Wild and Scenic River that can be accessed via Fossil Creek Road near Gila County's community of Strawberry, Arizona. This river has long been one of Arizona's favorite recreational swimming holes. But with that comes many challenges. You will need a permit and parking pass to access the area. Learn More.




Arizona Trail


East from the Pine Trailhead the trail climbs two long, gentle switchbacks ending at an open area overlooking the eastern front of the Mazatzal Range. Working its way east along the Highline Trail (#31), it skirts the southern edge of Milk Ranch Point, passes a nice camping site at Red Rock Spring and crosses Webber Creek at the Geronimo Trailhead. Learn More.




Horton Creek Trail


This is the most popular day hike in the area. Horton Spring is an unusually large spring. Water literally gushes from the side of the rim supplying Horton Creek. Think of the Rim as a huge sponge and Horton Spring is the faucet. The Trails starts from the parking area cross the concrete bridge. Continue on the pavement up the hill heading towards the campgrounds. The trailhead is on the left side of this road. Learn More.




Pine Canyon Trail


This trail travels through one of the most peaceful and verdant canyons below the Rim. Rocky Mountain maples, alders and oaks abound near the creek. Mixed conifers spread out on the canyon walls. Several dripping springs make Pine Canyon the epitome of a storybook setting abundant with yellow columbines and scarlet monkey flowers. Learn More.




More Hiking Trails


The Payson Ranger District is located on all four side of the town of Payson, and continues north to the Mogollon Rim. It consists of approximately 450,000 acres (approximately 182,000 hectares) of Chaparral, Pinyon-Juniper, and Ponderosa Pine types of vegetation. The Verde River and several trout streams pass through this district. The Payson Ranger District is notable for its campgrounds, hiking trails, and fishing opportunities. Learn More.





Tonto Natural Bridge


The largest natural travertine in the world resides just north of Payson. The bridge stands 183 feet high over a 400-foot long tunnel that measures 150 feet at its widest point. There are three hiking trails, a picnic area, and a group use area. Learn More.




Mogollon Rim Road


30 miles north of Payson. Over 7,000 feet in elevation, the rim is a 200-mile long mountain plateau. This scenic drive follows the rim 45 miles east to Highway 260. Vista points along the way provide an awesome view of the Tonto National Forest below. Fishing in the lakes along the way; picnicking, camping, boating, hiking and wildlife viewing make this an unforgettable trip.
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Railroad to Nowhere


Take Forest Road 300 and stop at the head of the East Verde River. A monument to the Battle of Big Dry Wash marks the spot, along with a sign pointing to General Springs. Follow switchback trail down into the canyon, and the tunnel is hidden up to your left in a side canyon. This is a difficult hike.
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THAT Brewery


THAT Brewery handcrafts beers in the high desert of Arizona using only the finest brewing methods and ingredients available.
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Strawberry Schoolhouse


The Oldest Standing Schoolhouse in Arizona serves as a great museum to the Pine-Strawberry community. Learn More.





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Local Lakes

Blue Ridge Resevoir


Chevelon Canyon Lake is quite remote and is a deep canyon lake that requires a relatively steep hike 3/4 of a mile to get to the waters edge from the parking area. Generally, only the most avid of anglers that are physically well-conditioned fish Chevelon Lake. However, those that do are rewarded with views of the most scenic trout lake in Arziona. It is simply gorgeous and panoramic with thick forested vegetation and trees that abut the lake. If you're seeking tranquility, this is the lake of choice. Learn More.




Knoll Lake


This secluded forest lake attracts visitors for a number of reasons. Surrounded by ponderosa pines, with a picturesque island in its middle, Knoll Lake provides a scenic setting in which to enjoy your canoe or other small boat. Fishing is good here too, offering rainbow, brown and brook trout. Learn More.




Potato Lake


Potato Lake is a lake located just 8.2 miles from Pine, Arizona and is more of a place to hold a picturesque picnic rather than trying to catch the monster rainbow mountain trout. There are some fish in the lake and flycasters have pretty good luck on this lake. Learn More.





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Black Canyon Lake


Like all Mogollon Rim Area Lakes, Black Canyon Lake is scenically forested. Although the surrounding forest was adversely effected by the 2002 Rodeo-Chediski Fire and some trees around the lake were charred, a sizeable portion of the lake is lushly forested. Because of the danger of falling trees damaged by the 2002 fire, the entire area around the lake is limited to day use only until further notice. Learn More.




Knoll Lake


This secluded forest lake attracts visitors for a number of reasons. Surrounded by ponderosa pines, with a picturesque island in its middle, Knoll Lake provides a scenic setting in which to enjoy your canoe or other small boat. Fishing is good here too, offering rainbow, brown and brook trout. Learn More.




Potato Lake


Potato Lake is a lake located just 8.2 miles from Pine, Arizona and is more of a place to hold a picturesque picnic rather than trying to catch the monster rainbow mountain trout. There are some fish in the lake and flycasters have pretty good luck on this lake. Learn More.





Fishing & Wildlife

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