Area Attractions

 Area Attractions

Great Blue Heron Iona Marsh
photo: Vince Ferraro

Hiking – Take advantage of the many miles of hiking trails throughout the park. Click here for map of Trails in Bear Mountain State Park.  Trail maps are available for purchase at the Visitor Center/Bookstore on the Palisades Parkway or online from the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.

The famous Appalachian Trail (over 2,000 mile trek from Georgia to Maine) runs through the park and Trailside! The lowest point on the entire trail is in front of Trailside’s bear den exhibit.

Appalachian Trail Hikers
photo: Elaine Brown

History– Learn about the Revolutionary War at Trailside and throughout the park. Hike the 1777 trail, study in the History Museum, or take the Fort Montgomery trail that starts at Trailside and extends over the Popolopen Creek via a foot bridge. This trail can be hazardous during inclimate weather, so please use caution!


Hessian Lake at Bear Mountain State Park

Picnicking – There are picnic sites at Hessian Lake and other designated areas throughout the park. If you want to grill at Bear Mountain State Park (including Hessian Lake), you will need to bring your own grill. Picnicking is not permitted at Trailside.

Boating– Paddle and row boats are available for hourly rent at Hessian Lake. Contact the Bear Mountain office for hours and prices 845-786-2701 x 242. For other boating and permits, contact 845-786-2701 x 242.

Lake Tiorati
Harriman State Park
photo: Vince Ferraro

Carousel and Ice Rink– The Carousel is open on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day weekend to last week in June, and from last week in June through Labor Day, it is open Wednesday through Sunday 10:00 am-5:00 pm. The Ice Rink is open November to March. For schedule and other information click the Bear Mountain Ice Rink.

Pool – The pool is open daily during the summer. Monday through Friday it is open 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and Saturday, Sunday and Holidays it is open 11:00 am to 6:30 pm.

For more information about the state parks in the Palisades Region, please visit the websites of  New York State Parks or the Palisades Parks Conservancy.