Visitor Information

Spring View of Bear Mountain Bridge

Open Daily, Year Round 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
(Closed Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day)
Bears & Coyotes go off exhibit at 3:45 pm

Allow 20 minutes to walk from parking lots to Trailside. Allow 1 to 2 hours for your visit at Trailside.The bears go off exhibit at 4:00 pm.

Admission: $1.00/person suggested donation at Trailside.

Parking: $10/vehicle at Bear Mountain State Park

Empire Pass $80.00: Unlimited Day Use at most NY state parks & recreational facilities. Available for purchase online at Empire Pass or at Bear Mountain State Park as well as at other NYS Parks and Historic Sites.

Parking for People with Disabilities

Pay Parking Fee at Bear Mountain State Park & Display Parking Fee ticket on Dashboard. Park in designated Handicap Parking Spaces next to Service Gate of Trailside on Access Road for Bear Mountain Bridge Authority

Map of Trailside Museums and Zoo

Click here for a map of Trailside

NO Pets, Smoking any substance or Picnicking are permitted

in Trailside Museums & Zoo

Fieldtrips & Group Tours – To arrange a fieldtrip or group tour, please contact Environmental Educator Chris O’Sullivan at or 845-786-2701 x 293.