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Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain
(4.2/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
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. Put Bear Mountain State Park into our Bear Mountain itinerary maker to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Bear Mountain.
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  • We went up to Bear Mountain for a day trip to see the fall colors. The mountain and lakeside were beautiful. We waked around Hessian Lake, counter-clockwise. The walk is probably about a mile and a ha...  more »
  • The park is a great place to see some stunning examples of the fall colors. The observation point at the top of the mountain gives some amazing views. Wear comfortable shoes as it involves a lot of wa...  more »
  • Came for the day with a group of 9 people. So fun! We hiked the 3.9 mile loop, rode the marry-go-round and played just sat and enjoyed our beautiful surroundings while eating lunch. $10 for parking & ...  more »
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  • Just as stated, the park delivered enjoyable hiking trails, grand views of the Hudson, and plenty of natural scenery (made even better by the arrival of autumn). Even mild cold/rain could not detract from the views. The Perkins Observatory hike is worth the extra effort. Hessian Lake would make an ideal summer destination.
  • I love Bear Mountain! We usually head here for the day and taper off into Warwick or one of the other small villages dotting the Hudson Valley. It’s very easy to drive to - there are signs all over telling you where you are - and some pretty good hikes throughout. In Bear Mountain State Park proper, there’s a Merry-Go-Round for the kids. In winter, check out Mt. Pete for skiing opportunities. In summer, the field, lake, and picnic areas get crowded quickly. If you’re looking to host an event or get-together, I’d call in advance to make sure you can secure an area. Spend the day driving winding roads and getting lost, or hike some trails for really great views of Bear Mountain and Harriman State Park!
  • Just a great Park to go to in the summer and fall handspring. It's free to go to the park and to the zoo. Has boating that you can pay for . Would recommend highly
  • This review primarily focuses on the Perkins Memorial Tower and the ONLY road that leads to it. My parents and I made a 2 hour trip from Pennsylvania a few weeks ago so I could show them the scenic view of the Hudson. When we got there (this was a Thursday morning in July, mind you), the gate was locked with no posted hours or reason why. Even a cyclist who arrived right after us was baffled. Since it was 20 minutes before the park was officially opened, I thought maybe that applied to the road. After driving around for 45 minutes (yeah, I gave them an extra 25 minutes past 8:00 a.m. to open the road), we went back. Gate STILL locked! By 8:45, we gave up and left. As for the remainder of the park, we did briefly stop to use the restrooms. The road signage is not very clear. The parking lot and grounds surprisingly looked desolate. I don't mean in the sense of not being crowded. It looked like it was one of those off-the-beaten-path parks that time and the world forgot. The only thing keeping this from 1 star is that incredible mountainside scenic view of the Hudson River--when you can actually access it.
  • Beautiful place. Lots of activites. Boats. Fishing. Swimming. Hiking and more. All in a beautiful setting. The pool is huge and perfect for kids of all ages and adults.