Situated in the rugged mountains rising on west bank of the Hudson River, Bear Mountain State Park offers a highly regarded peak with plenty of sights to see.
The state 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 and 42 hand carved seats of native animals including black bear, wild turkey, deer, raccoon, skunk, Canada goose, fox, swan, bobcat, rabbit and more. The Merry-Go-Round is available to book for birthday parties by contacting Guest Services at the Bear Mountain Inn at 845-786-2731.
Bear Mountain Inn
Situated in Bear Mountain State Park and overlooking the shores of Hessian Lake, the historic Bear Mountain Inn is listed on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places. The inn offers three separate lodging options, each providing contemporary comfort and convenience surrounded in rustic charm. Their 63 non-smoking guestrooms offer pet-friendly and ADA-accessible accommodation options. Additionally, the inn offers delicious dining options including on-site cafe and formal restaurant. Contact the hotel at 845-786-2731.
Parking at the State Park is $10 (cash only). Admission to the pool is $5 per person. The cost for the zoo and trailside museums is a suggested donation of $1. There are also admission fees to the outdoor ice skating rink during the winter months, which are typically $5.
“It is located amongst mountain range is graced by lake, huge lawn, inn and family hikes. One can take a hike and go on top of the hill to have a grandeur view. On one side the river flows gracefully with a lake on the other side. Even kids can participate in all activities.”
Take Amtrak to Bear Mountain State Park
Visit Bear Mountain via Amtrak to Poughkeepsie Station—Don’t forget to use the See New York and Save 15% discount!
Get picked up from Poughkeepsie Station and taken to your reserved NYTRAIN Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Click here to reserve your car or call the Poughkeepsie office today at: (845) 485-2222.