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Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.1/5 based on 380+ 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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  • I thought it wold be a nice experience to take my almost 2 year old niece and her parents for a family picnic to Bear Mts. It took us longer than the 1 hr estimated on mapquest. We live in NW New Jers...  read more »
  • I can confirm this fond, Appalachian memory of my early youth stands bucolic and majestic, still, with a lake of similar virtues pooled lovingly athwart, for boating not swimming. A pool of large expa...  read more »
  • Okay, this is an unexpectedly beautiful spot. If you are looking for a beautiful drive and some breathtaking vistas, you have got to stop here. 
  • One of my favorite places to go each year, both for the beautiful scenery of the hiking trails and the view from the top of the mountain, and for the Oktoberfest event they have. Paths are well marked and do offer some areas where you can challenge yourself with steep hills, but are all manageable if you pace yourself. The view at the top is phenomenal, especially in the fall as the leaves of the trees begin to change color. The main park area is nice with a place to grill food and sit, and some open spaces to toss a ball or picnic.
  • 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.
  • Bear Mountain is the place to come if you’re looking for an amazing spot to boat, BBQ, swim, hike, go to a zoo, or just enjoy nature. While Bear Mountain is a large area, this review refers to the area near Bear Mountain Inn and Hessain Lake. Located within minutes of much of Northern New Jersey and New York City, Bear Mountain State Park is a popular place during every season., but especially during the summer. In the summer months this place is packed with family friendly activities. The humongous pool is very popular and typically filled to capacity on hot summer days. Not interested in swimming? Then just walk a few feet from the pool, take a hike, or enjoy the small zoo. In addition to the zoo and pool, closer to the inn are lakes that are surrounded by places to have a BBQ with family and friends. At different times of year, typically during weekends, you can find artisans selling their creations along the paths of the lake. You can also rent boats here too. The activities keep you busy, but one of the best reasons to visit Bear Mountain are the views. Walk a short distance and you can see the classic looking Bear Mountain Bridge spanning the hudson river. Look south and all you see are trees and water. Come here in the fall and you’re greeted by an explosion of color that is just spectacular. Even during the winter months you can bring the family and ice skate on the rink next to the Inn. The view during the winter is breathtaking as well, with the trees bare and snow dotting the landscape, it's very picturesque. Bear Mountain is a must visit for anyone looking to get away from the city and enjoy nature at its best.
  • This is a beautiful area with several great trails. Some areas are steep and rocky but others are smooth and easy. They also have a lot of great events during the summer. It's an easy drive from NYC so we go here often.
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