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Bear Mountain State Park

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The Trailside Museum & Zoo is closed on Tuesday, August 23rd and Wednesday, August 24th.

Address
Palisades Parkway or Route 9W North
Bear Mountain, NY 10911
Latitude 41.31294
Longitude -73.98895

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, lake and river fishing access, a swimming pool, Trailside Museums and Zoo, 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. Perkins Memorial Drive and Tower are open from April through late November, weather permitting.

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 general information about the Merry-Go-Round please contact the Bear Mountain Office at (845) 786-2701 ext. 242. To book a birthday party at the Merry-Go-Round, please contact our concessionaire at (845) 786-2731.

Lodges:

Dogs only, must be on a leash not more than 6 feet. Not allowed in buildings, picnic areas, bathing areas, on walkways or in the Trailside Museum and Wildlife Center.

Mailing Address
PO Box 427
3006 Seven Lakes DriveBear Mountain, NY 10911

Hours of Operation

  • Open year round.
  • Park Hours: 8 a.m. – sunset
  • Bear Mountain Pool - 2016 Swimming Season

    June 18 & 19: 11:00am-6:30pm
    June 20-24: Closed
    June 25- Sept 5: weekdays 10am - 5:30pm, weekends & holidays 11am - 6:30pm

    Weekdays: 10am-5:30pm (last admission is at 5pm)
    Weekends and holidays: 11am-6:30pm (last admission is at 6pm)
  • 2016 Merry-Go-Round Schedule:
    4/1 - 6/21: Weekends and holidays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    6/22 - 9/5: Wednesdays - Sundays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    9/6 - 3/31/17: Weekends and holidays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Perkins Memorial Drive & Tower Hours: April 1 – November 30,  weather permitting.

  • Trailside Museums and Zoo - http://www.trailsidezoo.org/ 

    Open daily, 10am-4:30pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  • Boat Rentals: 
    6/9 - 6/26: Open Thursday - Sunday
    6/30 - 9/5: Open Daily
    9/10 - 10/30: Open Weekends & Holidays

    Weekday Hours: 11am-4pm
    Weekend Hours: 11am-5pm
  • Ice Rink: As of November 1, the Bear Mountain State Park Ice Rink is open for the 2015-16 season (weather permitting).

    For public session hours and fees, and information on skate rentals and private rentals, please visit www.bearmountainicerink.com. Please also refer to their website before your visit to check if there has been an unscheduled closure for maintenance or inclement weather.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.

  • Vehicle Use Fee
  • $10.00 per vehicle *pool & other amenities additional

    Bus Use Permit: Bus groups visiting Bear Mountain State Park must obtain bus permits well ahead of their intended date of outing. Please contact (845) 786-2701 ext. 244 for more information.

    Commercial buses: $100.00
    Non-Profit Organization: $60.00

  • Pool Admission
  • Pool Admission: $2 per person

  • Merry-Go-Round
  • $1 per ride (Children under 42 inches tall must be accompanied by an adult)

  • Trailside Museum and Zoo
  • No charge. Donations accepted. Suggested donation $1.00 per person.

  • Boat Rentals
  • $20 deposit per boat
    $5 per half hour per person
    $8 per hour per person
  • Commercial Docking
  • All boats require permits. Call Bear Mountain Office: 845-786-2701, ext. 242

    Non-profit: $1 per ft/per day
    Commercial: $2 per ft/per day

  • Ice Rink
  • Public Skating:
    Adult (12+) - $5.00
    Children (4-11) - $4.00
    3 and under – Free
    Non-skaters & Seniors - $2.00
    Skate Rental (per pair) - $4.00
    Skate Sharpening - $5.00


    Private Rink Rental: $200/hr
    Those interested should please fill out the form available here, and return it to the office at least ten days prior to the requested date. With any questions, please call 845-786-2701, x266.

Maps

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Key BCA Criteria:

- Waterfowl concentration site

- Migratory concentration site

- Diverse species concentration site

- Species at risk site

- Bird research site

The Iona Island/Doodletown BCA is located within the Bear Mountain and Harriman State Parks. The area includes one of the largest tidal wetlands in the Hudson River. The ecological importance of Iona Island has been recognized through designation as: Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitat Area, and National Natural Landmark. The Iona Island area is an approximately 270 acre tidal wetland that ranges from freshwater to brackish. It is dominated by narrow leaved cattail. Non-vegetated tidal flats, sub-tidal aquatic beds, and rocky uplands also occur. Tidal creek channels and a high gradient freshwater creek are also present. The Doodletown portion is largely a steep, rocky, undeveloped forest land that hosts a wide array of forest-nesting species, including rare warblers. The area as a whole provides highly valuable habitats for: marsh- nesting birds, waterfowl, warblers, shorebirds, eagles, amphibians, reptiles and fish spawning and nursery areas.

Listed species include Bald Eagle (threatened), Least Bittern (threatened), Cerulean Warbler (special concern), Golden-winged Warbler (special concern), Osprey (special concern), Northern Harrier (threatened) and Pied-billed Grebe (threatened). Other bird species using the Doodletown area include Hooded Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Acadian Flycatcher. Over 165 bird species have been observed within the Iona Island/Doodletown BCA.

Download a copy of the BCA map.

Wed 31 Aug
Bear Mountain Car Show
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Bear Mountain State Park
(845) 786-2701

DJ, bounce house, food and beverages available for purchase. There is a $5 per vehicle event fee, all NYS Parks discounted parking programs do not apply.

Wed 07 Sep
Bear Mountain Car Show
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Bear Mountain State Park
(845) 786-2701

DJ, bounce house, food and beverages available for purchase. There is a $5 per vehicle event fee, all NYS Parks discounted parking programs do not apply.

Sat 17 Sep
Biodiversity Celebration
Saturday, September 17, 2016 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Bear Mountain State Park
(845) 786-2701

Celebrate NYS native animals & plants! Enjoy nature crafts, games & activities. Visit the animals & museums & enjoy fall!

Tue 25 Oct
Boo at the Zoo
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 10:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Bear Mountain State Park
(845) 786-2701

Rain date: Sunday, October 25th

Come to the Bear Den at 10:30 to make spooky snacks for the black bears. At 11:00, watch the zookeepers let the bears loose to enjoy the tasty Halloween decorations. Touch real animal skulls, see stuffed specimens in the Nature Study museums, make Autumn crafts and learn about bats and our not-so-scary owls and vultures. Lots of family-friendly fun and activities.

Sat 17 Dec
Beary Merry Holiday
Saturday, December 17, 2016 10:30 AM
Bear Mountain State Park
(845) 786-2701

Rain date Sunday, December 18th

Come to the Bear Den at 10:30 and make tasty holiday snacks for the black bears. We'll celebrate the holiday season at 11:00 when we let the bears out to unwrap their gift boxes full of delicious treats! Bundle up and come out for a festive, family-friendly winter experience.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Boat Rentals (Accessible)
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Inns & Conference Centers * see “Resources and Links”
  • Museum/Visitors Center (Accessible) * see “Resources and Links”
  • Nature Trails (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds
  • Playing Fields (Accessible)
  • Swimming Pool
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating (Accessible) * see “Resources and Links”
  • X-Country Skiing