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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
Beautiful views, and very moving monument. I don't think it's really necessary to go all the way around the pond and up from the river. You get a nice scramble and the amazing panoramic view and monument just from starting at Mine Rd. This makes for a somewhat strenuous and steep 1.8 mi loop. Look at my recording for the trailhead. Park at 404 Mine Rd in Highland Falls, walk up the road past the trailhead on your right, to a blue blaze on the right side of the road. From here, climb straight up and stay on blue blazes til summit, then come back down the other side. The way down has a couple of fixed knotted ropes to help you down. Cool! Will definitely be back. Best bang for your buck, length-to-view ratio.
Started slow and did the loop around the pond.....nice views....then started up hill on the blue trail....not much incline at first and then BAM!!!! Up up and away.....heck of a workout but once you get to the top......out of all my hikes, this one had the best views....hands down. The memorial on top was very emotional for me....never expected it. The climb down was a little tricky at first but got easier. Definitely one of my favorite hikes this summer.
Nice, quick hike! Beautiful views of the Bear Mountain Bridge and lower Hudson River. A couple of steep, challenging moments in the first .5 mi (typical AT scramble, almost like an enormous stone staircase), but is totally manageable once you switch off from the Appalachian Trail onto the local trail, where it climbs a bit, and then levels off almost entirely to a leisurely walk in beautiful woods. Very nice views! Bang for your buck, I'd say!