Bear Mountain State Park is situated in rugged mountains rising from the west bank of the Hudson River. The park features a large play field, shaded picnic groves, lake and river fishing access, a swimming pool, Trailside Museums and Zoo, hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails. An outdoor rink is open to ice skaters from late October through mid-March. The Perkins Memorial Tower atop Bear Mountain affords spectacular views of the park, the Hudson Highlands and Harriman State Park. Perkins Memorial Drive and Tower are open from April through late November, weather permitting.
The Merry-Go-Round at Bear Mountain State Park features hand painted scenes of the park an 42 hand carved seats of native animals including black bear, wild turkey, deer, raccoon, skunk, Canada goose, fox, swan, bobcat, rabbit and more. For general information about the Merry-Go-Round please contact the Bear Mountain Office at (845) 786-2701 ext. 242. To book a birthday party at the Merry-Go-Round, please contact our concessionaire at (845) 786-2731.
Dogs only, must be on a leash not more than 6 feet. Not allowed in buildings, picnic areas, bathing areas, on walkways or in the Trailside Museum and Wildlife Center.
2016 Merry-Go-Round Schedule:
4/1 - 6/21: Weekends and holidays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
6/22 - 9/5: Wednesdays - Sundays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
9/6 - 3/31/17: Weekends and holidays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Perkins Memorial Drive & Tower Hours: April 1 – November 30, weather permitting.
Trailside Museums and Zoo - http://www.trailsidezoo.org/
Open daily, 10am-4:30pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Ice Rink: As of November 1, the Bear Mountain State Park Ice Rink is open for the 2015-16 season (weather permitting).
For public session hours and fees, and information on skate rentals and private rentals, please visit www.bearmountainicerink.com. Please also refer to their website before your visit to check if there has been an unscheduled closure for maintenance or inclement weather.
Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.
Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.
$10.00 per vehicle *pool & other amenities additional
Bus Use Permit: Bus groups visiting Bear Mountain State Park must obtain bus permits well ahead of their intended date of outing. Please contact (845) 786-2701 ext. 244 for more information.
Commercial buses: $100.00
Non-Profit Organization: $60.00
Pool Admission: $2 per person
$1 per ride (Children under 42 inches tall must be accompanied by an adult)
No charge. Donations accepted. Suggested donation $1.00 per person.
All boats require permits. Call Bear Mountain Office: 845-786-2701, ext. 242
Non-profit: $1 per ft/per day
Commercial: $2 per ft/per day
Adult (12+) - $5.00
Children (4-11) - $4.00
3 and under – Free
Non-skaters & Seniors - $2.00
Skate Rental (per pair) - $4.00
Skate Sharpening - $5.00
Private Rink Rental: $200/hr
Those interested should please fill out the form available here, and return it to the office at least ten days prior to the requested date. With any questions, please call 845-786-2701, x266.
New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.
Key BCA Criteria:
- Waterfowl concentration site
- Migratory concentration site
- Diverse species concentration site
- Species at risk site
- Bird research site
The Iona Island/Doodletown BCA is located within the Bear Mountain and Harriman State Parks. The area includes one of the largest tidal wetlands in the Hudson River. The ecological importance of Iona Island has been recognized through designation as: Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitat Area, and National Natural Landmark. The Iona Island area is an approximately 270 acre tidal wetland that ranges from freshwater to brackish. It is dominated by narrow leaved cattail. Non-vegetated tidal flats, sub-tidal aquatic beds, and rocky uplands also occur. Tidal creek channels and a high gradient freshwater creek are also present. The Doodletown portion is largely a steep, rocky, undeveloped forest land that hosts a wide array of forest-nesting species, including rare warblers. The area as a whole provides highly valuable habitats for: marsh- nesting birds, waterfowl, warblers, shorebirds, eagles, amphibians, reptiles and fish spawning and nursery areas.
Listed species include Bald Eagle (threatened), Least Bittern (threatened), Cerulean Warbler (special concern), Golden-winged Warbler (special concern), Osprey (special concern), Northern Harrier (threatened) and Pied-billed Grebe (threatened). Other bird species using the Doodletown area include Hooded Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Acadian Flycatcher. Over 165 bird species have been observed within the Iona Island/Doodletown BCA.
Download a copy of the BCA map.
Rain date: Sunday, October 25th
Come to the Bear Den at 10:30 to make spooky snacks for the black bears. At 11:00, watch the zookeepers let the bears loose to enjoy the tasty Halloween decorations. Touch real animal skulls, see stuffed specimens in the Nature Study museums, make Autumn crafts and learn about bats and our not-so-scary owls and vultures. Lots of family-friendly fun and activities.
Rain date Sunday, December 18th
Come to the Bear Den at 10:30 and make tasty holiday snacks for the black bears. We'll celebrate the holiday season at 11:00 when we let the bears out to unwrap their gift boxes full of delicious treats! Bundle up and come out for a festive, family-friendly winter experience.