Area Attractions

Area Attractions

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.

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!
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 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. Boating & permits, contact 845-786-2701 x 242.

Merry-Go-Round is open Labor Day thru last week in June on weekends & holidays. Last Week in June thru Labor Day: open Wednesday thru Sunday 10:00 am-5:00 pm. $1/ride

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

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