Explore the most popular Kid Friendly trails in Bear Mountain State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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muddy
scramble
1 day ago

Great trail, though agree with others that it’s moderate/hard. Definitely take the loop counter clockwise, much easier to scramble up than down. Additionally, if hiking with a dog you cannot go through the zoo/nature center. Instead take the bypass that takes you around the zoo. You will see a sign right before you go under the Bear Mt. Bridge, it reads “to Bear Mountain State Park”. This is a slight deviation from the trail marked on All Trails.

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off trail
rocky
1 day ago

Lovely hike. One really steep section but the rest is very manageable and kid friendly and the steep section comes about 1/3rd in.

Nice stroll on a blacktop footpath. You can also see the rescue zoo and the Bear Mountain Inn.

hiking
8 days ago

Short and sweet, stunning views from the summit. Some light rock scramble, but very manageable :)

Nice hike.. good views of the Hudson and the bridge from the top of Popolopen Torne. The memorial was cool. We threw in the detour around the pond. It was a great birthday hike!

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

Agree with the person who said to park at 288 mine rd — the coordinates given by alltrails takes you to a lot that is closed off by a gate with a sign that says “closed for the season

Amazing trail, very steep incline but totally worth it!

on The Torne

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Great family hike (ages 9-15 all experienced, but doable for all ages). So you have options here. The parking area on Mine Rd is small with room for maybe 10 cars. We could not find the 2 trail entrance points. One is clear by the info kiosk and the other further up Mine Rd could not be spotted. We were advised to do the loop clockwise and that's what we did. As you head up the trail from the kiosk look for the blue blazes and take the one that veers off to the left (I'd say it is about 75 feet up past where you can pick up a walking stick.) That takes you straight up over many rock scrambles and somewhat challenging little climbs. Near the top we had some trouble getting up over the final steep climb. Instead we found a way around the left of it by hugging the rock edge and then getting to the more flat slabs at the top. A bit further and you are at the beautiful tribute to the fallen. Really breathtaking and meaningful. Views 360 for days. Leave your rock or memento and then head past the pile to continue on the blue trail along the slabs and eventually down. Use the ropes to descend as needed and follow blue all the way back to the kiosk. So your choice is: do you want to do the scramble and steep climbs or not? If not, just head right from the kiosk and come up the right side and then backtrack down. It reminded us of Pratt Rock and Storm King Mth/Butter Hill where you have a challenging start and then the descent around the loop is easier and you say to yourself, why didn't we just do the easy route there and back? Accept the challenge and go for it, but know you have two options! With multiple stops it took the fam about 2.5 hours to complete.

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over grown
1 month ago

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icy
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail Short and had to do climbing It was worth it Stunning views

hiking
scramble
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice though I wouldn't call it kids friendly... was very challenging and scary with an active 4yo. Views at the top were cool. As of today, foliage was before peak. Would probably be better views in a week or two.

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off trail
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Very easy walk, fully paved. Dog and kid friendly. Parking costs $10. The loop is more of a walking trail, other trail heads off of it for more of the hike experience. This loop is within bear mountain park itself, this is good for strollers and a family day.

Great hike- I took a Lyft from Peekskill Metro North to the trailhead on Rte 9. Follow the blue blazes until the junction with signs- and then follow the white blazes with the red circle to get to the top of Bald Mountain. Well-worth the hike up- great views of Bear Mt and several others, as well as the Hudson. Warning- easy to go off trail here, and I did so several times. I used Gaia GPS and brought a charger for my phone.

hiking
4 months ago

Tricky trail in the beginning and the end because you have to cross the road several times. Nice hike, challenging, steep areas and some rocks to climb. Top of the monument was very nice, also good views.

hiking
4 months ago

If you need a nice walk on black top you probably won’t do better than this part of Bear Mountain. Besides the lake there is a merry go round a small but interesting zoo and lots of informative signage.

hiking
scramble
4 months ago

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rocky
scramble
4 months ago

I loved this hike!! There’s some substantial rock scrambling, but not too difficult if you take the trail clockwise. The views are stunning and truly panoramic. Very rewarding and worthwhile.

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rocky
scramble
4 months ago

It’s was really fun but the rock faces were more difficult than expected

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