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Pine & Strawberry

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The oldest still-standing Arizona schoolhouse is located in Strawberry. This is definitely worth seeing (slide 1 below). Stop by the honey stand along the highway in Pine for a fabulous selection of raw honey.

Located in the pine forest at the base of the great Mogollon Rim, Pine and Strawberry offer a cool retreat from the summer heat.

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The towns of Pine and Strawberry are located NW of Payson on Hwy 87. Strawberry has hotel and dining services; it does not have a gas station. Nearby Pine is 3 miles SE of Strawberry and offers several more hotel options, stores and services.

Nearby attractions are:

Mogollon Rim

Shoofly Ruins and back road,  

Tonto Natural Travertine Bridge  

Both towns offer fish fry at several cafes on Friday night. Outdoor patio dining is refreshing on a summer evening. Gentle snowfall creates a peaceful scene during winter.

Due to snow in winter, road conditions at this time of year must be checked before a trip.

The oldest (still standing) schoolhouse in Arizona is located in Strawberry. The school is wheelchair accessible, and handicap parking is located in front of the school. The schoolhouse is open by appointment. Enjoy a meal in the shaded picnic area in front of the school.

For more history, as well as relaxation in a beautiful setting, visit Randall Park in downtown Pine. Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library, Pine's first library, is located in the park. This converted log cabin became the library in the 1960's.

The Pine Museum is open 7 days per week (as of July 07). Visit their website for current hours of operation (see "resources" below). A visit to this museum is a must for all history seekers. On display are artifacts and documents from Native American cultures as well as early west settlers of Pine and Strawberry.

The Pine Museum building also houses the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.


Pine-Strawberry Museum


From the Phoenix area, take hwy 87 north to Payson. Go east on hwy 260, or continue north on 87/260 through Pine and Strawberry. FR 300 connects 87 north of Srawberry to 260 east of Christopher Creek, allowing a complete loop through the area.

accessible travel Accessibility
The Nifty Fifty Diner in Pine is wheelchair accessible. The restaurant has a private, lock-up accessible restroom - and very good food at reasonable prices.

Behind the diner are the Pine Creek Cabins. Cabin #4 is a handicap-accessible ADA unit with entry ramps, wide doors and easy-access design.

Go to their website for more information:
Pine Creek Cabins ADA - accessible cabin; pets with approval of management.
travel with children Children
Randall Park is located in historic downtown Pine. The Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library is located within the park. This converted rental cabin became Pine's first library in the 1960's. Picnic tables are available in the park. Children can enjoy books in the clubhouse.

Left: Whispering Pines Road in Pine. Take time to drive the side roads throughout Pine and Strawberry.
travel with pets Pets
Nearby Payson's Rumsey Park provides an off-leash Dog Park.
For information on the park location and other amenities, go to: Rumsey Park

Leashed pets are allowed on the forest trails unless otherwise posted. Clean up after your pets. Follow safety precautions regarding your pet. Bring plenty of water, allow ample rest, watch for signs of exhaustion, hunger, dehydration etc.

Pet-friendly logding: Pine Creek Cabins - call ahead for approval from management.
Go to: Pine Creek Cabins Pets allowed: call ahead to confirm