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Bear Mountain State Park

Planning Your Vacation to Bear Mountain State Park

These rugged mountains just west of the Hudson River in the Palisades form the core of Bear Mountain State Park. A true wilderness in the state of New York, there's plenty to discover for both families and intrepid explorers. Besides a vigorous hike up Bear Mountain itself, you can enjoy activities from biking and fishing to picknicking and visiting the park's zoo.
Best Hiking Trails in Bear Mountain State Park

Best Hiking Trails in Bear Mountain State Park

The uncompromising terrain of Bear Mountain State Park means that many of the hiking trails are best reserved for seasoned walkers and those with plenty of outdoors experience. However, there are several easier trails that visitors of all ages can enjoy. Whatever your group's level, most Bear Mountain State Park cabins provide an ideal base for exploring the park on foot.

  • 1. Manitou Point Preserve Trail

    Rated as easy in terms of difficulty, this three-mile trail is great for families. Enjoy the view of the waterfall you'll pass, as well as superb views across the Hudson. If you're staying in one of the nearby Bear Mountain State Park hotels, you can easily access this trail.

  • 2. Bear Mountain Loop Trail

    This moderately difficult four-mile trail skirts the western side of Hessian Lake. Wildflowers are abundant along this route, and there is a good chance you'll be able to spot some local wildlife, too.

  • 3. Dunderberg Spiral Railway

    Featuring strenuous rock scrambles and steep ascents, this trail, just under seven miles, is rated as hard in terms of its difficulty. However, as the route passes over Bald Mountain, the views to Bear Mountain Bridge are exceptional.

Best Family Activities in Bear Mountain State Park

Best Family Activities in Bear Mountain State Park

There's a whole host of family activities awaiting you just outside the local Bear Mountain State Park cabins. Whatever the season, you will find something suitable for all age groups, from cross-country skiing opportunities in winter to visiting the park's pool in summer.

  • 1. Trailside Musem and Zoo

    Home to numerous animals, including native turtles, frogs, and salamanders, alongside three separate museums, the Trailside Musem and Zoo is a must-see for natural history lovers. Entertaining educational programs are also offered throughout the year.

  • 2. Ice Skating

    In winter, Bear Mountain State Park opens an ice rink for skaters of all levels. The excellent views make for a stunning backdrop as you enjoy the ice.

  • 3. Boating

    Paddleboats are available to hire on Hessian Lake and provide the whole family with a fun way to explore the park. Just keep in mind that each boat must have someone at least 16 years of age as an operator.