Bear Mountain State Park

Bear Mountain State Park

Quick Facts

Bear Mountain State Park

New York

(845) 786-2701

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Things To Do

Overview

Bear Mountain State Park is situated in rugged mountains rising from the west bank of the Hudson River. The park features a large play field, shaded picnic groves, lake and river fishing access, a swimming pool, Trailside Museums and Zoo, hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails. An outdoor rink is open to ice skaters from late October through mid-March. The Perkins Memorial Tower atop Bear Mountain affords spectacular views of the park, the Hudson Highlands and Harriman State Park. Perkins Memorial Drive and Tower are open from April through late November, weather permitting.

The Merry-Go-Round at Bear Mountain State Park features hand painted scenes of the park an 42 hand carved seats of native animals including black bear, wild turkey, deer, raccoon, skunk, Canada goose, fox, swan, bobcat, rabbit and more. For general information about the Merry-Go-Round please contact the Bear Mountain Office at (845) 786-2701 ext. 242. To book a birthday party at the Merry-Go-Round, please contact our concessionaire at (845) 786-2731

Lodges:

Map of Bear Mountain (NY)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.315047, -73.988929

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Activities

  • Boating

    Bear Mountain State Park provides a dock on the Hudson for mooring small craft. Beginning in June, mooring small crafts are available to rent (weather permitting) at Hessian Lake and paddle boats and row boats can be rented at the boat house.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    A scenic drive to the top of Bear Mountain leads you to the impressive Perkins Memorial Tower. The tower provides one of the best panoramic views of the Hudson River and an unobstructed 360-degree view south to New York City, east to Connecticut, north to Mount Beacon and west to the Shawangunks.

  • Fishing

    The park provides lake and river fishing access.

  • Hiking

    The park boasts miles of marked trails through woodlands.

  • Historic Sites

    Visit the park visitor center for more information.

  • Picnicking

    The park provides shaded picnic groves for visitors to enjoy.

  • Water Sports

    The Bear Mountain Pool is open in summer.

  • Wildlife Watching

    In addition to spotting animals in their natural habitat, visitors can also enjoy the Trailside Museums and Zoo, which occupy 40 acres on a bluff 250 feet over the Hudson River. The trails - including the first section of the Appalachian Trail - are among the oldest in the country; they link the various homes of Samantha, the eagle, and other birds of prey, the bear den, as well as habitats for beavers, a river otter, foxes, coyotes, etc.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross-country ski trails can be found at the park for enjoyment during the winter months. Also, an outdoor rink is open to ice skaters from late October through mid-March.

Seasonality/Weather

For information about local area weather, please visit: http://www.weather.com/weather/today/10911.

Park Partners

Palisades Park Conservancy

The Palisades Parks Conservancy was created with the following mission: "This corporation is established exclusively for charitable objectives to receive and maintain funds and apply such funds for the improvement of and activities in the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, and for the purposes of promoting and expanding the preservation of natural, historical, and cultural resources in the Park for the benefit of the public."

(845) 786-2701

Bear Mountain Inn

In 1914, construction began on the Bear Mountain Inn that when finished would include a restaurant, a cafeteria, overnight accommodations, a bakery, a laundry, and for a time, a soda bottling facility. Gifts and purchases expanded the parks in subsequent years. Listed on the National and New York State Register of Historic Places, the 1915 rustic style Bear Mountain Inn is located at the base of Bear Mountain overlooking both the Hudson River and the historic Hessian Lake. It is the architectural jewel of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission (PIPC) and is a familiar landmark for many visitors. Park employees constructed the Inn and its furnishings using natural materials, including chestnut, and other timber and fieldstone found in the park. In a national context, the Bear Mountain Inn ranks high as an excellent example of rustic design set amidst a natural landscape. It is the centerpiece of a great park system developed at the edge of metropolitan New York City. The Inn represents a very early, unusual example of a rustic lodge on a scale comparable, design-wise and functionally, to National Park Lodges.

Bear Mountain Inn attractions include: picnic groves, rowboat docks, a swimming pool and bathhouse, nature trails, an ice-skating rink, Trailside Museums and Zoo, Perkins Tower, Iona Island Estuarine Reserve and Bird Refuge. Bear Mountain Inn, operated by Guest Services, provides a venue for corporate retreats, family reunions, team building events and romantic getaways away from big city lights. The natural setting and spectacular views make it the ideal New York wedding venue.

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Directions

Driving

From the Palisades Interstate Parkway (north or south): Get off at exit 19 (Bear Mtn. Park) and take Seven Lakes Drive for 3 ½ miles to the Bear mountain Circle. At the circle, take the second right. Follow the signs to Parking Lots. If you miss exit 19, take the Parkway to the Bear Mountain Bridge Circle. At this circle, make the first right onto 9W south and go to the traffic light. Bear right and go up the hill. From the North via I-87 (NY Thruway): Take I-87 south to exit 16 (Harriman). At the traffic light turn left onto Route 32, At third light, turn left onto Route 6 east. Take Route 6 east to the Queensboro Traffic circle. At circle, make the third right onto Palisades Interstate Parkway north. Take exit 19. From the North via Route 9W: Take 9W south to the Bear Mountain Bridge Circle. At the circle, go ½ way around to Route 9W south. At the first traffic light bear right and go up the hill. From the north via I-84: Take I-84 west to the second exit after the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge (Route 9W south). Take Route 9W south about 18 miles to the Bear Mountain Bridge Circle. At the circle, go ½ way around to Route 9W south. At first traffic light, bear right and go up hill. From New York City via Palisades Interstate Parkway: Take the upper level of the George Washington Bridge. Take the very first right onto the Palisades Interstate Parkway north. Go about 42 miles to exit 19. From the South via Garden State Parkway: Take the Garden State Parkway north to the last exit (I-87/287, NY Thruway). Go east/south on I-87 to exit 13N (Palisades Interstate Parkway north). Go about 19 miles to Exit 19. From the West via Route 17 or I-84: Take Route 17 east to Exit 130A (Bear Mountain) to Route 6/Long Mountain Parkway. Take Route 6 east to the Queensboro Traffic Circle. At the circle, make the third right onto the Palisades Interstate Parkway north. Take exit 19.

Phone Numbers

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(845) 786-2701

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