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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

Wonderful trail for a first timer! I highly suggest to download the "Avenza" app on your phone and purchase the "northern Harriman bear mountain trails" map onto the app. It tells you GPS coordinates of where you're walking and saves your trip. The only tricky part of the trail is finding the next "trail marker" ... which can be spotted on trees... rocks...boulders...etc. i highly recommend this beautiful trail. The view from bald mountain was epic

1 day ago

Very beautiful views, but not easy. This loop covers many different trails and its possible to take a wrong turn. Make sure you have a hard copy map in case your battery dies.

Fantastic hike with great views. Needs some better markings, lost the trail a couple of times. Be prepared for some steep climbing on the way up. Wear hiking shoes if it rained recently.