Bear Mountain

Location: Southeast New York
Trip Starts: Bear Mountain State Park
Trip Ends: Bear Mountain State Park
Total Distance: 1.2 miles
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Trails Used: Appalachian Trail
Trail Traffic: Light
Trip Type: Day HIke
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Bear Mountain State Park
Palisades Parkway
(Route 9W North)
Bear Mountain, NY 10911
(845) 786-2701

Bear Mountain State Park

Bear Mountain State Park is located in a valley between mountains overlooking the Hudson River. The park has a lodge, lake, swimming pool, and Trailside Museum and Zoo and numerous hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails.  There are over 50 official trails covering 235 miles in the Park. The first section of the Appalachian Trail running from Bear Mountain south to the Delaware Water Gap opened here on October 7, 1923 and served as a pattern for the development of other sections of the Trail.

On this hike, I started near the Bear Mountain Inn and walked the Appalachian Trail through the park and to the Bear Mountain Zoo. The Appalachian Trail passes through the Zoo which is the lowest elevation on the entire ~2,200-mile trail. There are outstanding views down to the Hudson River in this area and also from the nearby bridge.

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