Bear Mountain State Park Things to Do

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    Hudson River Boat Dock

    by Wanderer001 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A nice slightly out of the way dock in the Bear Mt. park. It is a little bit of a walk to get here with steep parts in the path. But well worth the hike. It is normally not that crowed, and you can get up close and personal with the Hudson River.

    This is a great place to take pictures of the Bear Mt. bridge, boats that go by or the foliage during the fall.

    Also, it is legal to fish for crabs off the dock, there is a sign that says how many you can legal/health wise fish out in a day.

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    Cruise night

    by Wanderer001 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Starts in May and goes till September 9th; Wednesdays 6pm-9pm. There is a parking fee of $4, even though it is after regular park hours.

    Great place to come if you are a gear head or just like cars in general and want to check out cars from 1989 and older, with some new one thrown in for good measure, and motorcycles of all makes and models. Cars and motorcycles are not just for looking here, some are for sale. So this would be a good place to come if you are in the market for a classic that you just can't find else where.

    There is also food, a DJ, and little nick knack stands to buy things like vanity plates, and die cast cars.

    Well worth the trip and price for parking.

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    Scenic views & trail to Fort Montgomery

    by Wanderer001 Updated Aug 20, 2010
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    A nice place to site down and take in a view of both the Hudson river and Bear MT bridge. Not very busy because most people pass it up because they do not know it is there.

    For those who are more daring there is also a trail that you can take that will take you to Fort Montgomery. Now this is a trail so at minimum sneakers are needed. There are a lot of step steps at the start of the trail and it is about a 15 min brisk hike to the fort. Also keep tabs on the time the gate you go through will be closed at 4pm so if you are late you will have to take an alternative trail. This trail is much more rugged and lets you out some where other then the zoo from what I was told.

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    Perkins Memorial Drive

    by Wanderer001 Updated Jun 1, 2010

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    Open most days weather permitting and closes at dusk.

    A scenic drive up Bear Mountain literally. To get to the summit you take a long winding road, it is two lanes; one up one down and not that steep. If you are no good with heights I would suggest on the way back down sitting on the drivers side because there are a few spots where the road just kinda looks off into the trees with no bottom in sight.

    At the summit there is a good number of parking spots but, if you go on a weekend mid day or during the fall season parking can get a little heck tick.

    There is a four story observation tower which when open gives you a 360 degree view of the surrounding landscape. The tower itself is something to see. Each level has tiled mosaics of land mark happenings in the park system, as well as little benches in the corners to sit on. The paint scheme is a little wild and kind reminds me more of a Native American place then something run by the NY Parks Department. The tower closes at 4 p.m.

    The summit of Bear Mt. has benches scattered around in different locations to take in the views from. However, more popular would be hanging out on a rock to take in the scope of the land. This is a great spot to take pictures from, even better during the fall. Because this is at the top of a mountain there is normally a breeze even if there is nothing at ground level. This means if you have a good breeze at ground level the wind will be really wiping at the top.

    Part of the Appalachian trail runs through the top of the mountain so hikers are a common sight here, seeming to come out of no were. If you look around for signs or trail makers you will see where they are coming or going from. As well as being able to walk on a small part of the trail yourself.

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    Go rowing or enjoy a paddle boat

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jul 9, 2009

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    One of the nice and relaxing things you can enjoy while you are here at the park is either rowing or paddle boating.

    We didn't get a chance to do either of these as the lines where quite long and neither me or Kris wanted to exert any more energy especially since this was a very rare relaxing day for us.

    We did take a look at the prices and did see alot of people enjoying themselves, hopefully next time.

    The price for one hour of either row boats (up to three people) or paddle boats (they have a two or four person paddle boat) is $5 per person - very affordable. There is a $20 deposit required which will be refunded at the end of the hour.

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    Enjoy Hessian Lake

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jul 9, 2009

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    Hessian Lake is quite beautiful with its dramatic mountains in the back drop. The lake is great for rowing, paddle boating and fishing is definitely encouraged.

    There were plenty of people out the day we were here either enjoy some rowing, fishing or just walking along the lake.

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    Hike and get that heart going :)

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jul 9, 2009

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    As Kris, Jon and Leo were relaxing on a picnic blanket, Ferni and I decided to take a nice little hike around the park.

    Along Hessian Lake there is a nice asphalt trail that leads into some wooded areas with huge boulders and nice picnic areas where many people were hanging on hammocks, bbquing and even fishing.

    The hike around the like is about an hour or (3-5 miles?) and is a good way to get those legs stretched. Ferni and I took our time walking enjoy the nice views, watching some women fish and even stopping for a quick smooch among the huge boulders.

    There are a few other trails in the park, but we didn't have much time to explore any others.

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    The carousel is so much fun

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jul 9, 2009

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    After spending a nice day picnicing before we left the park we decided to take Leo for a nice ride on the carousel.

    I had so much fun watching my little Prince get all excited as I put him on the horse. As the carousel started going around and up and down he became more and more excited and started calling out for his ma, ma. He had such a great time and didn't want to get off, but it was the end of the day and the carousel was closing for the day.

    The price for about a 3-5 minute ride is only $1 which is a steal.

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    Spend an hour or two cooling off at the pool

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jul 9, 2009

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    The pool located here at Bear Mountain State Park is a great way to spend a few hours just cooling off especially during a super hot day.

    We decided to stop in the pool for a little cooling off and so Leo can enjoy himself wadding in the water. He had such a great time splashing and trying to swim with his mom, dad and Ferni. The pool is quite large and has a nice section for the little one to play in. There are plenty of life guards and they strickly enforce the pool rules.

    Entrance to the pool is only $2 for adults, children from the age of 13-17 are $1 and under the age or 13 are free.

    Food, beverages, strollers, swimmies and any sort of ball or games are not allowed in the pool area. There is a storage location where you can leave the strollers, coolers and any other item that is not allowed in the pool at your own risk, but the attendants assured us that they have never had anyone complain about anything being stolen...

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    Drive up Bear Mountain Summit Road

    by johncudw Updated Jul 21, 2008

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    View near the summit tower - July 2008

    This is Perkins Memorial Drive and goes up
    to the summit - See signs on Seven Lakes Drive past
    Tiorati Circle.
    1300 foot high mountain.
    with overviews of the Hudson River
    This is the view from the top, toward the
    southwest, on a hazy, hot July day.

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    BOAT DOCK

    by moiraistyx Written May 8, 2006

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    A quick walk downhill from the trailside museum and zoo is a boat dock. From here you can get some absolutely amazing views of the Bear Mountain Bridge and the hudson river. For the daring one, you can stand on a platform and watch the train pass less than a foot in front of you. I have however been told today that it is illegal to take pictures of the Bear Mountain Bridge. I'll have to check on that bit of info.

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    FORT CLINTON

    by moiraistyx Written May 8, 2006

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    While walking the trails of the zoo and trailside museum, you come across the site of what was once Fort Clinton. I can't find much about this historic site, but will keep looking. Until then, if you find any info, let me know.

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    BEAR MOUNTAIN SKATING RINK

    by moiraistyx Written May 8, 2006

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    BEAR MOUNTAIN ICE RINK regular sessions run SATURDAY, October 30 through SUNDAY, MARCH 5 with public skates of 1½ hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 10 AM and 12 Noon; Fridays at 7:30 PM (to 9 PM); and Saturdays/Sundays at 10 AM, 12 Noon, 2 PM, 4 PM, 6 PM, and 8 PM (no 8 PM on Sundays). The rink is open-air, so please dress appropriately. Fees are $4.00 per adult and $3.00 per child aged 5-12. Senior Citizens and spectators are $2.00. Children aged 4 or under are free. Skate rentals are $4.00 per pair. Skate sharpening is available for $5.00 per pair. Lockers can be rented. Hot and cold refreshments are available. Parking on weekends and holidays is $6.00 per car. Private sessions may be available Thursdays (8AM to 2:30 PM) and Fridays (from 8 AM to 4:30 PM). From February 27-March 3 private sessions are available weekdays only from 3:30-5:00PM. Reservations must be made in advance by calling the Bear Mountain Office at 845-786-2701. Private sessions are $165.00/hour. Bus groups must call in advance for permits.

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    HESSIAN LAKE

    by moiraistyx Written May 8, 2006

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    Hessian Lake

    In the center of Bear Mountain State Park, you will find Hessian Lake. This lake is absolutely beautiful to look at from a distance. When we got up close, we noticed that the lake has been littered badly by its visitors. We could see all sorts of soda cans, garbage and even a hubcab in the water. There was a lot of fish too, mostly perch and sunfish. I felt bad that people have wrecked the ecosystem of this lake simply because they can't walk 10 feet and throw away their garbage.

    Paddle boats as well as rowboats are available to rent beginning June 21, weather permitting, at Hessian Lake. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Cost is $3.50 per person, per hour and a $20 refundable deposit is required. Fishing is allowed just about everywhere along the shores of the lake.

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    TRAILSIDE MUSEUMS AND ZOO

    by moiraistyx Written May 8, 2006

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    One of the great features of Bear Mountain State Park are the trailside museums and zoo. Although there aren't many animals in the zoo, there's enough to keep most children under 12 happy and it's just long enough that the little ones don't get tired out before the end. Visitors will love watching the playful bear and coyotes. They are the lively animals of the group.

    The trailside museums are nice enough. There is one dedicated to amphibians, reptiles and fish, another to history, one to geology and one to the animals found in the area. In the geology museum you can see the mastadon bones that were escavated near by.

    The zoo is very cheap, $1.00 for adults 50 cents for children.

    Nature lovers will enjoy the signs dedicated to facts about the plants and other wildlife.

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