Bear Mountain State Park borders the Hudson River, which meanders through green hills full of forests. Visit this large park comprising 5,067 acres (2,050 hectares) of scenic land to participate in varied outdoor activities, from ice skating and cross-country skiing in winter to cycling and cross-country running in other seasons. Follow part of the famous Appalachian Trail, which winds through the park.
Trailside Museums & Zoo is one of the park’s highlights. Watch videos and displays about intriguing animals. Topics include an explanation of pollination and the myth of the Woolly bear caterpillar. See native turtles, snakes and frogs in the Herpetology House. Visit the Nature Study Museum and the Geology Museum to find out about the region’s intriguing natural history. To learn about the area’s human past, head to the History Museum, which has exhibits about Native American settlers.
Fish on the Hudson River or on the main lake. Swim in these natural water features or in the park’s large swimming pool, which is surrounded by trees and generates the feel of a natural lake. Take the kids to the children’s playground and go on family hikes among the breathtaking mountainous and forest scenery.
In winter, try ice skating on the outdoor rink. Rent equipment from the rink and glide along the surface with your friends. Watch a game of ice hockey or don your pads and join in.
The park is open to visitors daily year-round from morning until sunset. Times vary for specific attractions, such as the zoo, museums, ice rink and swimming zones. Pay a daily use fee per vehicle or purchase a season pass. Other attractions have varying costs and discounts.
Bear Mountain State Park is spread across the counties of Orange and Rockland in southeastern New York State. The car journey north from New York City is about 50 miles (80 kilometers).
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Very quiet and peaceful, staff was very nice and welcoming! We will be back!
Emily and John were helpful and communicative hosts. We had a wonderful few days of cooking, hiking and catching up - found everything we needed, slept like logs. Nice place to get snowed in!
Nice view of the Hudson. Walking trail across the street. One hour train ride to Grand Central terminal.
Everything about our stay was well above average except that we were in room 101 which is right across the hall from the cleaning staff work room and storage area. We were hoping to sleep in, but the cleaning staff started a pep rally at about 0830 with much laughter, back slapping and chatter.
We were quite satisfied with our accommodations. Staff was friendly and helpful.
Situated in Peekskill, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Blue Mountain Reservation, Depew Park, and Peekskill Museum. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater and Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art are also within 3 mi (5 km).
great motel! 2nd time staying there. This time had some noisy neighbors they were very quick to take care of. Over all fantastic.