Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain

State Park · Nature / Park
Not far from the bustling urban center of New York City, you can focus on nature at Bear Mountain State Park. You'll find mountain views along the banks of the Hudson River; on a clear day the Manhattan skyline is visible on the horizon. You can hike the park's many trails, go on a bicycle or boat ride, fish in the river, or have a picnic. Kids can have fun in the play area, while bird watchers can see different rare and threatened species. The park also features a zoo and a swimming pool. Park admission is charged per vehicle; some amenities require an additional fee. Plan your visit to Bear Mountain State Park and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Bear Mountain trip planner.
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  • This park is a wonderful place for a day trip. Many things to do in a walkable distance. Beautiful scenery and clean facilities  more »
  • Sometimes unplanned adventures are the most memorable. This was the case for us when visiting Bear Mountain. Arrived on a Friday around 10 and the lot was half full but was completely full when we...  more »
  • Bear Mountain State Park is a lovely place with lots to see and do. The weekends get too crowded, but weekdays aren't bad. The Trailside Museum and Zoo is nice place to visit. Paddleboats at the...  more »
  • The trail to get to the tower is in great condition. It is not long, but steep, and the whole thing is basically a long set of stone stairs. There are plenty of places to stop and rest along the way and the views from the top are fantastic. I highly recommend going into the tower itself and reading the captions under all the photos on the walls. There is a second trail to the tower that is quite different from the piece of the Appalachian Trail with the steps. I took the alternate route to get down the mountain and it involved a lot of scrambling over steep rocks. Doable if you are in good physical condition, but you'll probably want to stick to the other trail if you have kids.
  • One of my all time favorite spots from childhood all the way through till adulthood. Beautiful views, nice zoo, and the restaurant in the bear mountain inn is also a great place to check out! Lake is right there with plenty room to walk around and explore. Great place to BBQ in the summer or come enjoy some outdoor family activities
  • This place has always been a family favorite! Its a large picnic park with tons to do. Great pool, paddle boating, walking trail, zoo. You won't get bored at Bear Mountain! Come early to get a spot right in front the lake. It was beautiful. And bring cash- parking is $10 and pool entry is $2per person including children.
  • It's so easy to get around. The trails have a good mix of easy and harder elements so you can find whatever you're looking for. There are bathrooms there for public use if you're in need. It takes about and hour and a half to get there from the heart of Brooklyn. If you need a day away from the city it's the best option I've found by far.
  • My parents took me there with my 7 brothers and sisters (late1950's and 1960's). We always had a great time every season. I took my children there and they loved it just as much as I did. Winter offers ice skating and sledding with great hot chocolate or something stronger in the inn. My son did his thesis in college on the history of Bear Mountain. If you get a chance you should look into it you will be very surprised.

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