Bear Mountain State Park Travel Guide

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    Quite peaceful and beautiful
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    Bear MT bridge and Mountain
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Bear Mountain State Park Things to Do

  • Hudson River Boat Dock

    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...

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  • Cruise night

    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...

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  • Scenic views & trail to Fort Montgomery

    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...

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  • Perkins Memorial Drive

    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...

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  • Go rowing or enjoy a paddle boat

    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...

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  • Enjoy Hessian Lake

    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 :)

    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...

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  • The carousel is so much fun

    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...

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  • Spend an hour or two cooling off at the...

    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...

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  • Drive up Bear Mountain Summit Road

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

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  • Go to the Bear Mountain Zoo

    Exhibits of North American localwildlife - bear exhibit is nice,deer, ottter, coyote, fox, owl,eagle, among others.

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  • Go Skating at the Bear Mountain Rink

    Nice skating rink, maintained ice, outdoors.Has lights for when it gets dark.$4.00 adult admission, sometimes parking lot charges $6.00 a car when the station is manned.

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  • Look at Mountain Laurel Blossoms

    In spring these are growing all over theBear Mountain/Harriman area.Whole groups and clumps of theshrubs in bloom (Kalmia)

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  • BOAT DOCK

    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...

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  • FORT CLINTON

    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

    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...

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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...

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  • TRAILSIDE MUSEUMS AND ZOO

    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...

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Bear Mountain State Park Transportation

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    by moiraistyx Written May 8, 2006

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    This park has lots and lots of walking involved. If you have very small children bring the stroller or even better a wagon. Be alert that to get to the trailside museums and zoo, you have to go down stairs and through a tunnerl. The walk to the dock is all down hill, so coming back can be tedious.

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Bear Mountain State Park Warnings and Dangers

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    by KarenandCory Updated Dec 4, 2005

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    Warning! No animals allowed at the zoo!

    It's actually quite a lovely zoo with many animals to see.

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    by Gypsystravels Updated Jul 9, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The only fee you pay as you enter the park is what they call a parking fee. The parking fee is only $7 per car and there is plenty of parking as you enter the main park entrance, no matter what time you arrive.

    You pay your parking fee as soon as you get to the park, are given a parking ticket and a few yards further you are asked to show the ticket to the parking attendant. You can park any where you find a spot.

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