Discover Bear Mountain State Park, New York

Located in New York’s Hudson Highlands, this 5,000-acre park is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. With a variety of trails for all skill levels, abundant wildlife, and breathtaking scenic vistas, Bear Mountain State Park offers something for everyone.

Hike to the summit for panoramic views of the Hudson River, explore lush forests, or enjoy a peaceful lakeside retreat. Whether you’re an avid hiker, a wildlife watcher, or simply seeking a scenic escape, Bear Mountain State Park promises an unforgettable adventure. 

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Top 3 Facts about Bear Mountain State Park

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Historical Significance

Bear Mountain State Park was established in 1913, making it one of the oldest state parks in New York. It played a significant role in the early 20th-century conservation movement and was a model for future state parks nationwide.

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Appalachian Trail

The park is traversed by a section of the famous Appalachian Trail, a 2,190-mile-long hiking trail that stretches from Georgia to Maine. Hikers on this trail can enjoy some of the park’s most scenic landscapes.

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Bear Mountain Bridge

The nearby Bear Mountain Bridge, completed in 1924, was the first vehicular bridge to cross the Hudson River south of Albany. It connects Bear Mountain State Park to the neighboring Hudson Highlands State Park and provides stunning views of the river and surrounding mountains.

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Mason Street Getaway

555 Mason St, Saugatuck, MI 49453, USA
Number of Guests 5
Bathrooms 2
Bedrooms 2
Sq Footage 1,165
Carbon monoxide detectors, Fire extinguisher, First aid kit, Generator, Smoke detectors
$475.00 / day
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JP Rest House

V262+C5P, Manikganj, Bangladesh
Number of Guests 4
Bathrooms 2
Bedrooms 4
Sq Footage 2,400
Carbon monoxide detectors, Fire extinguisher, First aid kit, Generator, Smoke detectors
$300.00 / day
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Majestic Lakefront Log Cabin in the NC High Plains

121 Whispering Wolf Wy
Number of Guests 5
Bathrooms 2
Bedrooms 2
Sq Footage 1,500
Carbon monoxide detectors, Fire extinguisher, First aid kit, Generator, Smoke detectors
$195.00 / day
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Juniper Cabin

3601 Monck Road,Kawartha Lakes,ON,CA,K0M 2L0
Bathrooms 1
Bedrooms 2
$198.00 / day

Hemlock Cabin

3601 Monck Road,Kawartha Lakes,ON,CA,K0M 2L0
Bathrooms 1
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$194.14 / day

Greenash Cabin

3601 Monck Road,Kawartha Lakes,ON,CA,K0M 2L0
Bathrooms 1
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$182.42 / day

Dogwood Cabin

3601 Monck Road,Kawartha Lakes,ON,CA,K0M 2L0
Bathrooms 1
Bedrooms 2
$182.42 / day

Camping and transportation in Bear Mountain State Park

info_iconBackcountry camping permits required for wilderness camping opportunities.

How to Get to Bear Mountain State Park

From New York City:

  1. Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway (PIP):
    • Head north on I-95 (Cross Bronx Expressway) or take the George Washington Bridge and then follow signs for the Palisades Interstate Parkway North.
    • Continue on the PIP north for approximately 35 miles.
    • Take Exit 19 toward Bear Mountain.
  2. Alternate Route via Route 9W:
    • Head north on the Henry Hudson Parkway, which turns into US-9 North.
    • Continue onto NY-9A North, and then follow signs for Route 9W North.
    • Stay on Route 9W North for about 30 miles and follow signs to Bear Mountain State Park.

Bus:

  • Short Line Bus Service offers trips to Bear Mountain from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan. Check the Short Line website for schedules and fares.

Train:

  • Take the Metro-North Hudson Line from Grand Central Terminal to Peekskill Station.
  • From Peekskill, you can take a taxi or ride-sharing service for the remaining 10-mile trip to Bear Mountain.

    Places to Stay Near Bear Mountain State Park

    Looking for a cozy stay after a day of adventure? Whether you prefer to be surrounded by nature or enjoy the comforts close by, there’s a spot just for you.

    Inside the Park

    Bear Mountain Inn: Want to soak up nature 24/7? The Bear Mountain Inn offers you that experience. It’s like a retreat within a retreat with its rustic charm.

    Nearby Accommodations

    Want to end your day in a comfy bed with modern amenities a stone’s throw from the park? Here’s where you can unwind.

    Hotels and Motels:

    • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites West Point-Fort Montgomery: Only 3.2 miles away with an indoor pool and Wi-Fi
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    Best Time to Go to Bear Mountain State Park

    Summer

    Summer

    Summer is the season of sun and long days! This is the time to dive into the park’s pool, with the swimming season in full swing. Fishing is another popular pastime, with both the experienced and the novice casting their lines in the hope of a good catch. Expect average temperatures to sit comfortably in the 70s to 80s Fahrenheit. Don’t miss embracing the lush greenery and engaging in a post-hike spa visit to soothe those muscles.

    Winter

    Winter

    Winter offers a serene and quieter experience at Bear Mountain State Park. While some facilities may be closed or have reduced hours, visitors can still enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and ice skating (conditions permitting). The park’s landscapes transform into a winter wonderland, especially after snowfalls, creating picturesque scenes around Hessian Lake and the Hudson River. It’s an ideal time for those seeking solitude and peaceful walks amidst snow-dusted trails.

    Spring

    Spring

    Spring’s mild weather might make it perfect for exploring trails. On average, temperatures hover around a comfortable 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit, giving you the ideal climate for outdoor fun without the swelter. The Appalachian Trail passes through here, offering a picturesque trek with a canvas of blooming flowers. Wildlife emerges, like deer and turkeys, making it a great season for nature enthusiasts.

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    Must-See Attractions

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    Perkins Memorial Tower

    Located at the summit of Bear Mountain, this tower offers stunning 360-degree views of the Hudson River, the surrounding highlands, and even the New York City skyline on clear days. It’s a perfect spot for photography and taking in the area’s natural beauty.

    Hessian Lake

    This picturesque lake is ideal for boating, fishing, and picnicking. The serene waters and scenic surroundings make it a popular spot for relaxation and family outings.

    Appalachian Trail

    A section of the famous Appalachian Trail runs through Bear Mountain State Park, offering hikers a chance to experience a portion of this iconic long-distance trail. The park’s trails range from easy walks to challenging hikes, catering to all skill levels.

    Helpful Tips: Making the Most of Your Adventure to Bear Mountain State Park

    Plan Ahead

    Plan Ahead

    Before you visit, check the park’s official website for the latest information on hours of operation, parking fees, trail conditions, and any special events or seasonal closures. This will help you make the most of your trip and avoid any surprises.

    Pack Appropriately

    Dress Appropriately

    The park has a variety of trails, ranging from easy walks to challenging hikes. Wearing sturdy, comfortable footwear will ensure you can explore the trails safely and comfortably.

    Respect Wildlife

    Respect Wildlife

    Bear Mountain State Park is home to a variety of wildlife. To help preserve the natural environment, keep a safe distance from animals, do not feed them, and follow Leave No Trace principles.

    Stay Informed

    Arrive Early

    Bear Mountain State Park is popular, especially on weekends and holidays. Arriving early can help you secure a good parking spot and enjoy the park’s attractions with fewer crowds.

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    Frequently Asked Questions about Bear Mountain State Park

    This park is your playground, from hiking along scenic trails to a peaceful fishing session by the river. Look forward to a refreshing dip in the swimming pool or glide on the ice at the outdoor rink in the colder months. There’s also a zoo, biking paths, and cross-country ski trails.

    The park is open daily from dawn to dusk. Specific facilities like the Perkins Memorial Tower may have different operating hours.

    Yes, there are several easy to moderate trails suitable for beginners, such as the Bear Mountain Loop Trail and parts of the Appalachian Trail.

    Yes, leashed dogs are allowed on trails and in picnic areas. However, they are not allowed inside buildings or on the beaches.

    Swimming is permitted at designated areas in Hessian Lake during the summer months, typically from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

    Enjoy wildlife from a safe distance and do not feed or approach animals. Respect their natural habitat and follow park guidelines for wildlife interaction.

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