Trailside Museums & Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park
Walk along some of the Appalachian Trail while visiting the Trailside Museums & Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park.
This zoo is unique because it is home to injured and orphaned animals. You will learn about local ecology and history. You will see native wildlife close up in exhibits as you walk through the forest and see native gardens. You will take in spectacular vistas created by geologic forces over millions of years.
Trailside Museums and Zoo is a self-guided nature trail. Little signs serve as naturalist guides. Larger signs interpret ecological and historical stories. You will walk on a paved section of the Appalachian Trail, a footpath from Georgia to Maine.
There is a parking fee (see below), but the Zoo & Museums are Free.
Open everyday: 10am – 4pm (Winter): 10am – 4:30pm (Summer)
But $1/person suggested donation
Park at Bear Mountain State Park. Daily fee $10/vehicle in summer, weekends & holidays year-round.
Allow 20 minutes to walk from parking to Trailside. Allow 1 to 2 hours for your visit.