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Trailside Museums And Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park

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Seven Lakes Pkwy, Appalachian Trail
Bear Mountain, NY 10911

The Trailside Museums and Zoo are located at Bear Mountain State Park. There are four museums at Trailside-all built of native granite:

The Herpetology House is home to a variety of native turtles, snakes, frogs, toads, salamanders and skinks as well as many species of fish.

The Nature Study Museum houses specimens originally collected by the Museum of Natural History to educate people about animal identification.

Geology Museum introduces visitors to the geologic formations of the Hudson Highlands and industries that have tapped natural resources. 

The History Museum provides an introduction to human occupation of the region from the earliest Native American settlers to European and their descendants who made the area their home. The History Museum houses a collection of Daniel Carter Beard (1850-1941). Beard was an illustrator, author, social reformer and youth leader. He was an illustrator for authors, including Mark Twain and Ernest Crosby. Beard founded the Sons of Daniel Boone in 1905, and subsequently merged it with the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. 

For more information visit: The Trailside Museums & Zoo 

Mailing Address
Trailside Museums & Zoo PO Box 427 Bear Mountain, NY 10911

Hours of Operation

  • Open daily 10:30 am to 4 pm. Last entrance 3:30 pm.
    Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Fees & Rates

  • Admission
  • $1.00/person suggested donation.

  • Buses
  • To enter the Bear Mountain State Park via bus, please obtain a permit  at least 2 weeks in advance.  Call 845-786-2701 ext. 244 for bus permit application. 

    $60.00 per bus for non-profit organizations with 501 (c) (3) form from IRS.

    $100.00 per bus all other groups (family, friends, companies).

  • Parking
  • $10/vehicle at Bear Mountain State Park parking lot. 

    Allow 20 minutes to walk from parking lots to Trailside. Allow 1 to 2 hours for your visit at Trailside. The bears go off exhibit at 4:00 pm.

School Visits, Field Trips & Tours 

Please contact Trailside Environmental Educator Chris O'Sullivan at 845-786-2701 x 29 to schedule your school or other group visit, even if you are not interested in a tour.  Educational tours may be available for smaller groups. Please make your plans at least 4 weeks in advance of your visit to Trailside.

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Visitor Center