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Bear Mountain State Park

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Park Conditions Update

Bear Mountain State Park picnic grounds, Hessian Lake loop trail and Trailside Museum & Zoo have reopened. Many trail closures still remain in effect.

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

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Pet Policy

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.

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 and booking birthday parties at the Merry-Go-Round, please contact Guest Services at the Bear Mountain Inn at 845-786-2731.


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

    Dawn to Dusk
    Open year round


    April 1 - October 31
    10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    November 1 - March 31
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Bears and coyotes go off exhibit 30 minutes prior to zoo closing time. Museums shut 15 minutes prior to zoo closing time.

  • BEAR MOUNTAIN POOL - 2023 Anticipated Swimming Season
    6/17/23 - 6/19/23 Weekend ONLY
    6/24/23 - 9/4/23 Weekdays & Weekends

    Weekdays:  10:00 AM - 5:30 PM, Last Admission at 5:00 PM

    Weekends:  11:00 AM - 6:30 PM, Last Admission at 6:00 PM

    Holidays: 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM, Last Admission at 6:00 PM

    *Last entry is 30 minutes before the pool closes

    Please contact Guest Services at the Bear Mountain Inn to confirm fees and hours of operation. 845-786-2731
    April 1 - November 30,  weather permitting.

    Please contact Guest Services at the Bear Mountain Inn for fees and hours of operation at 845-786-2731 ext. 1000.

    For public session hours and fees, and information on skate rentals and private rentals, please visit 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.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • $10.00 per vehicle *pool & other amenities additional



    Weekends & Holidays 8:00-5:00 PM

    Summer Months

    Weekdays 8:00-4:00 PM

    Weekends & Holidays 8:00-5:00 PM

  • Bus groups visiting Bear Mountain must obtain bus permits well ahead of their intended date of outing. Please contact (845) 786-2701 ext. 244 for more information. Bear Mountain will not be accepting buses on weekends (Saturdays & Sundays) or holidays, from May through October 2023. 

    Non-501(c)(3) Group: $100.00
    IRS 501(c)(3) Group: $60.00
    On-Site Group Fee: $150.00

  • Pool Admission: $5 per person

        Cash Only

  • Please contact Guest Services at the Bear Mountain Inn for fees and hours of operation. 845-786-2731

  • No charge. Donations accepted. Suggested donation $1.00 per person (Cash Only).

  • Please contact Guest Services at the Bear Mountain Inn for fees and hours of operation. 845-786-2731

  • All boats require permits. Call Bear Mountain Office: 845-786-2701, ext. 242

  • Public Skating:
    Admission - $5.00
    4 and under - Free
    Skate Rental (per pair) - $10.00
    Skate Sharpening - $10.00

    Private Rink Rental: $300/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.

    Visit them at their website for additional information, holiday hours and any cancellations at


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.

Sun 10 Mar
Winter Tree Identification
Sunday, March 10, 2024 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Bear Mountain State Park
Do all trees look the same to you in winter? Then join us for a guided identification of trees without their leaves! Meet in front of Bear Mt. Inn Program geared to adults. Parking fee $10.00 per vehicle. For more information contact:845-942-3861
Mon 08 Apr
Eclipse Viewing at Bear Mountain
Monday, April 8, 2024 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Bear Mountain State Park

Join us at the large field next to the Inn at Bear Mountain State Park to learn about eclipses and view the solar eclipse. We will have 50 eclipse glasses that will be distributed to guests on a first come, first served basis. If you have your own, please bring them, so you can safely enjoy the eclipse if we run out. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets so you can enjoy this rare event in comfort. For more information please contact Christopher O'Sullivan at or 845-942-3861.

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Additional Documents

Did You Know? This park has key segments of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the Long Path.

Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Boat Rentals (Accessible)
  • Campsites, Cabins & Lodging * see "Resources and Links"
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating (Accessible) * see “Resources and Links”
  • Nature Center
  • Playgrounds
  • Playing Fields (Accessible)
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Swimming Pool
  • Visitor Center (Accessible) * see “Resources and Links”