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.
Good Reads, Field Guides & Gifts – Discover the fascinating history & ecology of Bear Mountain & Harriman State Parks and Hudson Valley in the works of local authors. Pick up a copy of Doodletown: Hiking through History of a Vanished Hamlet on the Hudson, Rambling with Nature, Birds over Bear Mountain, Lost Arrowheads and Broken Pottery and many more fascinating works. Click here for more information. There are field guides, hiking guides, trail maps, t-shirts, toys and more at the Visitors Center on the Palisades Parkway between exit 17 and 18 and gift stores at Bear Mountain Inn and Fort Montgomery State Historic Site.
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. Boating & permits, contact 845-786-2701 x 242.
Ice Rink is open November to March. For schedule and other information click the Bear Mountain Ice Rink.
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. $2/person all ages