Less than an hour from New York City, and yet Bear Mountain feels like a different world. It’s the perfect getaway for city dwellers looking to be immersed in nature, to hike out on secluded trails and enjoy stunning Hudson Valley views, with the Manhattan skyline in the distance.
The parking lots and lawns can get a bit crowded on summer weekends with visitors picnicking and paddling on the lake, but as soon as you venture out onto the trails you can get away from the hustle and bustle. With 50 official trails covering over 200 miles there’s plenty of space and every kind of hike you might want. If you just want the views without the hike, drive up to Perkins Memorial Drive to the summit. The view is stunning. If you’re traveling with kids, make sure to stop by the Trailside Zoo or the year-round indoor historic carrousel.
There’s also the historic Bear Mountain Inn that was built in 1915 and was recently restored. Here you can find a cafe and restaurant, and comfortable rooms if you want to spend the night.
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