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Bear Mountain State Park

Spend days hiking along mountain trails through dense forests. Explore the park’s zoo, museums and ice skating rink.

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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Overlook Lodge at Bear Mountain $149
Reviewed on May 17, 2019
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Overlook Lodge at Bear Mountain

Overlook Lodge at Bear Mountain

55 Hessian Drive, Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain, NY
     
    4.0 of 5
    2.5 out of 5.0

    Very quiet and peaceful, staff was very nice and welcoming! We will be back!

    Country Farmhouse Minutes From Hiking Trails at Bear Mt. and West Point
    Reviewed on Jan 20, 2019
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    Country Farmhouse Minutes From Hiking Trails at Bear Mt. and West Point

    Country Farmhouse Minutes From Hiking Trails at Bear Mt. and West Point

    Highland Falls, NY
       
      4.9 of 5
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      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!

      Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Peekskill - Hudson Valley $127
      Reviewed on Apr 20, 2019
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      Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Peekskill - Hudson Valley

      Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Peekskill - Hudson Valley

      2 John Walsh Boulevard, Peekskill, NY
         
        4.5 of 5
        2.5 out of 5.0

        Nice view of the Hudson. Walking trail across the street. One hour train ride to Grand Central terminal.

        Holiday Inn Express West Point $143
        Reviewed on May 15, 2019
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        Holiday Inn Express West Point

        Holiday Inn Express West Point

        1106 Route 9 W, Fort Montgomery, NY
           
          4.3 of 5
          2.5 out of 5.0

          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.

          Inn on the Hudson $89
          Reviewed on May 11, 2019
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          Inn on the Hudson

          Inn on the Hudson

          634 Main Street, Peekskill, NY
             
            3.6 of 5
            2.0 out of 5.0

            The beautiful scenes of the river and the mountains across tje river.

            FairBridge Inn & Suites at West Point $104
            Reviewed on May 15, 2019
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            FairBridge Inn & Suites at West Point

            FairBridge Inn & Suites at West Point

            17 Main St, Highland Falls, NY
               
              3.1 of 5
              2.0 out of 5.0

              We were quite satisfied with our accommodations. Staff was friendly and helpful.

              Entire First Floor of 1920 Craftsman House, Right on the Edge up of Blue Mt Park
              Entire First Floor of 1920 Craftsman House, Right on the Edge up of Blue Mt Park

              Entire First Floor of 1920 Craftsman House, Right on the Edge up of Blue Mt Park

              Peekskill, NY
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0

                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).

                West Point Motel $140
                Reviewed on May 10, 2019
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                West Point Motel

                West Point Motel

                156 Main Street, Highland Falls, NY
                   
                  3.8 of 5
                  2.5 out of 5.0

                  great motel! 2nd time staying there. This time had some noisy neighbors they were very quick to take care of. Over all fantastic.