Bear Mountain | New York

Hiking in Bear Mountain State Park


Spring through fall is ideal, but it’s open year-round

Skill level

All skill levels welcome

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Only 50 miles north of NYC is an outdoor adventurer’s wonderland

Just up the Hudson River, on land that was originally slated to house a relocated Sing Sing in 1908, are Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks. Because of the success of conservationists seeking to keep the prison away, the land is now home to a wealth of trails, an outdoor ice rink (in winter), a zoo, Bear Mountain Inn and countless other outdoor attractions for the whole family. On either side of the Hudson are stunning views of the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge with the historic Revolutionary War-era Fort Clinton to the west and Anthony’s Nose to the east

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The General’s Fortress

This is a perfect chance to get acquainted with the Hudson Valley’s historical importance during the Revolutionary War. After arriving in Bear Mountain State Park, you’ll be on a guided 3-mile hike on the 1777 Trail — a trail dating back almost 250 years. After the hike, you’ll have a farm-to-table lunch at the Bear Mountain Inn, followed by a private tour of West Point, farther north up the Hudson.

Historical Hikes at Bear Mountain

With the Bear Mountain Inn as your starting point, discover awesome hikes at Dunderberg Mountain, Popolopen Gorge, West Mountain, and Bald Mountain. With hikes available for all skill levels, ranging from 5 to 6 miles, spend a day with an NYS licensed hiking guide and get the most out of the Hudson Valley!

Things you need to know

When is the best time to go?

The park is open year round, but spring and fall show off its strengths best.

What's a typical itinerary?

Inclement weather can get in the way of hiking, but, if in doubt, ask your guiding service for more information. If you do hike and there’s potential for rain, bring extra clothing that will help keep you dry!

What about group sizes?

Group sizes range from 1 – 12, but depending on the provider, the number can vary.

What about bad weather?

Chances are pretty good inclement weather won’t get in the way of your surfing holiday. Remember that as quickly as a storm rolls it, it’ll often roll out. Be sure to ask your provider for more details.

Getting there

If you’re visiting NYC for the first time, La Guardia (LGA) and JFK are where you’ll be flying into, or Newark (EWR). Shuttle service can be arranged, or take a train from Grand Central to Manitou or nearby Peekskill.

Don’t let the paved road to Bear Mountain’s summit fool you!

While some weekend tourists may take the ‘easy’ route to get to Perkins Tower at the summit, doing so the old-fashioned way, on foot, is worth it — this way you get to stop and smell the proverbial roses. Bear Mountain is also home to the oldest section of the Appalachian Trail, a section of which has over 1,000 stone steps, all leading to the summit. Fun fact, no machines were used in this part of the trail’s construction! So whether you hike the AT or explore other trails within the park, like Major Welch Trail or Timp-Torne Trail further in at Doodletown, there’s plenty to discover weekend after weekend. And, hey, on a clear day you can see NYC from the top!

Who should go hiking at Bear Mountain?

The park has so much to offer that even resistant hikers will find something to enjoy. It’s an easy way to get out of the city and escape the concrete jungle if only for a day!

On either side of the Hudson, there's an abundance of hiking and history waiting to be discovered.
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