nature trips




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wild flowers

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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

Fun hike especially down near the river. On the downside the upper parts were not well marked and there were a lot of ticks. My wife got a tick bite and a couple in the parking lot said they took several ticks off their dog.

We started the loop from the left and hiked around to the the right side. The left side prior to the tower was easy with paved stairs all the way to the top. As for after the tower, It was pretty steep and a tab bit hard coming down as it's rocker and less paved going down the right loop. Either way, we chatted with other hikers that the right side of loop was a bit hard hiking up as well. It took us about an hour and a half to hike up, lunch at the top of the tower for 45 mins and an hour to hike down.

It's beautiful. Took the Perkins Tower loop. Have to say the rough part was the start from the lake but after the tower it was easier stair descend down.