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Best Trails in Bear Mountain State Park

349 reviews

#5 of 347 State Parks in New York

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Bear Mountain State Park is situated in rugged mountains rising from the west bank of the Hudson River. The park features a large play field, shaded picnic groves, a dock on the Hudson for mooring small craft, lake and river fishing access, a swimming pool, a zoo and nature, hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails. An outdoor rink is open to ice skaters from late October through mid-March. The Perkins Memorial Tower atop Bear Mountain affords spectacular views of the park, the Hudson Highlands and Harriman State Park. The Merry-Go-Round at Bear Mountain State Park features hand painted scenes of the park an 42 hand carved seats of native animals including black bear, wild turkey, deer, raccoon, skunk, Canada goose, fox, swan, bobcat, rabbit and more. For information about the Merry-Go-Round or to book a party please call (845) 786-2731

on Popolopen Torne Loop
7 days ago

hiking

Beautiful views on a moderately strenuous hike. Use lots of insect repellant

on Popolopen Torne Loop
10 days ago

hiking

Great hike; much of the trail is along a stream which came in handy last weekend when the temp felt like 110°. nice views from the top.

on Bear Mountain Loop Trail
11 days ago

backpacking

Really loved this hike today. We started at 5 pm and finished at 8:40. We went up the red trail took a good break at the top to watch the sunset and hiked back down the AT (white trail). The incline up is fairly steep, but manageable and there are several great viewpoints along the way. The Perkins tower is pretty. Some hikers noted a struggle to find the tower. It is fairly easy - hike to the top of the red path and then continue along the flat part for another several minutes. Visitors can also drive to this scenic overlook which means there are port-a-potties and a vending machine for drinks. We descended in twilight to dark but with a headlamp we were fine. The trail had rock steps built in for a good portion of it.

on Bear Mountain Loop Trail
12 days ago

hiking

This was our first mountain!

on Bear Mountain Loop Trail
17 days ago

hiking

Amazing!

on Anthony's Nose Trail
19 days ago

hiking

on Anthony's Nose Trail
1 month ago

hiking

This trail was amazing. Some steep parts going up but once you reach the top the views are amazing and worth the climb. Park on side of road by bear mountain bridge and follow the trail with white markers up to the top.

on Anthony's Nose Trail
1 month ago

hiking

This trail was pretty good I started off following the blue markers and that trail was very steep so I switched to the white markers which were so much easier especially since I am a beginner loved it and once I made it to the top it was amazing.

on Timp Trail
1 month ago

Great views

on Anthony's Nose Trail
1 month ago

on Anthony's Nose Trail
1 month ago

Incredible views

on Anthony's Nose Trail
1 month ago

hiking

The views are incredible !!!