Bear Mountain State Park is a popular outdoor recreation area in New York, with year-round outdoor sports as well as attractions to visit.
Located on the western side of the Hudson River, Bear Mountain State Park covers more than 5,000 acres of land. There are mountains – including the 1,300-foot-peak from which the park takes its name – along with vast forest areas and wildlife sanctuaries. Recreational activities include fishing, boating, hiking, trail running, and even ski jumping, sledding, and ice skating in the winter.
The Bear Mountain Inn, built in 1915, sits atop Bear Mountain, and the Trailside Museums and Zoo occupy what was once a fort used during the American Revolution.
The Appalachian Trail runs through part of Bear Mountain State Park.
Bear Mountain State Park is roughly 50 miles north of New York City, which you can see from some elevated points in the park. The entry fee for the park is $8 per vehicle. There are individual fees for various attractions, including the pool, ice skating rink, and merry-go-round. The museum and zoo are free, though a donation is encouraged. The park is open from 8am until sunset.