Trailside Museums & Zoo

At Bear Mountain State Park

HOURS: 10AM - 4:30PM, 7 Days a Week. Be sure to plan ahead, our Bears and Beaver go into their dens at 4:00PM

Alert: Trailside Closing

Trailside will be CLOSED Monday through Friday: October 15th through November 24th.

Trailside will be OPEN Saturdays and Sundays during this time period.

During the closing, there will be NO access to Trailside from any point of entry. The closing of Trailside is due to a major construction project at the Pool Bathhouse.

Hikers, please use the blue-blazed bypass trail to stay on the Appalachian Trail. Follow the blue blazes around the outside perimeter of Trailside to reconnect with the white blazed AT.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Please check back for updates.

Boo at the Zoo

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 25th (rain date Sunday, October 26th) 10:30 am at the bear den to 3:00 pmTrailside presents a not-so-scary alternative for the spookies of seasons. At 10:30 am, make spooky snacks for the black bears. At 11 am, watch as the zookeepers let the bears loose on the tasty Halloween decorations. Touch real animal skulls, see stuffed specimens in the Nature Study museu, make autumn crafts and learn about bats and our not-so-scry owls and vultures. Lots of family-friendly fun and activities! Parking at Bear Mountain State Park $8/vehicle Admission to Trailside: suggested donation $1/person.

Beary Merry Holiday

Beary Merry Holiday

Beary Merry Holiday

Saturday, December 20th (rain date Sunday, December 21st) 10:30 am at the bear denCelebrate the holidays at Trailside! Come to the Bear Den at 10:30 am and make tasty snacks for the black bears. We’ll celebrate the holiday season at 11:00 am when we let the bears out to unwrap their gift boxes full of delicious treats! Parking at Bear Mountain State Park $8/vehicle Admission to Trailside: suggested donation $1/person.



Trailside Bears

Black Bear Celebrating Spring

Black Bear Celebrating Spring

Follow the NYS Parks Nature Times blog to learn about how Earth Day was celebrated at Trailside and other nature happenings in NYS Parks.



Myth of the Woolly Bear

Woolly Bear
Pyrrharctia isabella

Click here to watch Science Friday video featuring Bear Mountain’s own Woolly Bear and Edwin McGowan, Director of Science and Trailside Museums and Zoo.

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