Bear Mountain State Park

Bear Mountain State Park
County: Orange Co
Open: Year-Round
Price: Free - $10 parking
Dog-friendly: Yes, Dogs must be leashed

Bear Mountain State Park is situated in rugged mountains rising from the west bank of the Hudson River. The historic Bear Mountain Inn overlooks Hessian Lake and provides fine food and overnight accommodations.

Features include:

  • Large play field
  • Shaded picnic groves
  • Dock on the Hudson for mooring small craft
  • Lake & river fishing access
  • Swimming pool (July – September)
  • Zoo & Nature Museums
  • Nature Center
  • Nature Study/Bird Watching
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Boat Rentals
  • Campsites
  • Playgrounds
  • Playing Fields
  • Cross country skiing & Snowshoeing
  • Outdoor ice skating rink (late October – March)
  • Indoor Carousel (closed at this time)
  • Perkins Memorial Tower (April – November)

The Perkins Memorial Tower atop Bear Mountain affords spectacular views of the park, the Hudson Highlands and Harriman State Park. (Closed at this time)

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.

State Park: open daily; sunrise to sunset
Trailside Museums & Zoo: open daily; 10:30am – 4pm

$10 per vehicle
September – mid-June on Weekends & holidays
Mid-June – September daily

Pool admission: Fee applies
Trailside Museums & Zoo: Free (Donation suggested)
Ice Skating: Fee apples
Boat Rentals: Fee applies

Dogs only, must be on a leash not more than 6 feet. Not allowed in buildings, picnic areas, bathing areas, on walkways or in the Trailside Museum and Wildlife Center.


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