Hours & Directions

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Photo: Michelle Riley

Trailside is Open Daily 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

closed Thanksgiving & December 25th


ALERT: Trailside Closing

Trailside will be OPEN Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4:30 pm.

Trailside will be CLOSED Monday through Friday through March 31st due to construction. Please check on the afternoon of March 31st to see if we will be able to open for the remainder of the week.

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.


Trailside Museums & Zoo is located at Bear Mountain State Park, on the western bank of the Hudson River.

 GPS: Use Bear Mountain Inn address: 55 Hessian Drive, Highland Falls, NY 10928

Main Entrance to Bear Mountain State Park is on Seven Lakes Drive, off of Route 9W and a short distance south of the Bear Mountain Bridge Circle. The entrance is next to Bear Mountain Inn, 98 Hessian Lake Drive, Bear Mountain, NY 10911. Parking for Trailside is available at the parking lots of Bear Mountain State Park.

From NYC and New Jersey: Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway North (about 41 miles) to the end at the Bear Mountain Bridge Circle. Follow signs to Bear Mountain State Park.

From Westchester: Take the Taconic, Bear Mountain Parkway or Route 6 North to the Bear Mountain Bridge. After crossing the bridge, follow signs for Route 9W South and Bear Mountain State Park.

From Newburgh and points North: Take Route 9W South to Bear Mountain Bridge Circle. Follow signs for Bear Mountain State Park.