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Bear Mountain State Park

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Be advised, to encourage social distancing and help stop the spread of COVID-19, many parks have reduced parking by 50% and local roads may have closures in effect. Many popular parks will fill to capacity by noon and close early to incoming visitors and traffic. Closures will be posted here and on our homepage. For real-time traffic updates visit

 Perkins Memorial Drive,  Merry-Go-Round, Bear Mountain Inn Restaurant & Cafe

Until further notice, the following roads are CLOSED: Tiorati Brook Road, Arden Valley Road, Perkins Memorial Drive

Seven Lakes Drive Remains Open

Attention Boat Permit Holders: Tiorati/Welch and Island Pond boat launches are open and can be accessed from Tiorati Circle ONLY. TW and IP orange stickers MUST BE DISPLAYED on your vehicle for entry.

Wildlife, Camping Alert: Due to several recent incidents where black bears approached campers in search of food, camping in the vicinity of the Fingerboard and Bald Rocks shelters in Harriman State Park has been temporarily suspended. To reduce the risk of attracting black bears, campers should never leave food, coolers, or backpacks unattended, especially when sleeping. Food preparation and cooking should be undertaken away from where people sleep. When finished, all food should be secured and waste taken to proper receptacles. Bears have a very good sense of smell, so food and other items with a strong scent, like toothpaste and deodorant, should not be stored in tents. Should a bear approach you, make loud noises and slowly back away. Do not run. Never get between cubs and an adult bear. All bear encounters should be reported to the Park Police at (845) 786-2781. For more information on how to store you food and preventing bear conflicts see DEC's website on Reducing Human-Bear Conflicts
Palisades Parkway or Route 9W North
Bear Mountain, NY 10911
Latitude 41.31294
Longitude -73.98895

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 and booking birthday parties at the Merry-Go-Round, please contact Guest Services at the Bear Mountain Inn 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.

Mailing Address
PO Box 427
3006 Seven Lakes DriveBear Mountain, NY 10911

Hours of Operation

  • Open year round.
  • Park Hours: dawn to dusk
  • Trailside Museums and Zoo -
    Open daily 10:30 am to 4 pm. Last entrance 3:30 pm.
    Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  • Bear Mountain Pool - 2020 Swimming Season
    July 3 - September 7

    Weekdays:  10:00 am – 5:30 pm, last admission at 5:00 pm

    Weekends:  11:00 am – 6:30 pm, last admission at 6:00 pm

    Holidays: 10:00 am - 6:30 pm, last admission at 6:00 pm

    *Last entry is 30 minutes before the pool closes

  • Merry-Go-Round Schedule:

    Due to COVID, the Merry-Go-Round is currently closed.

  • Perkins Memorial Drive & Tower Hours: April 1 - November 30,  weather permitting.

    *Please note that Perkins Memorial Drive is currently closed.

  • Boat Rentals: 

    Please contact Guest Services at the Bear Mountain Inn for fees and hours of operation at 845-786-2731 ext. 1000.
  • Ice Rink:
    For public session hours and fees, and information on skate rentals and private rentals, please visit Please also refer to their website before your visit to check if there has been an unscheduled closure for maintenance or inclement weather.

Fees & Rates

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.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Vehicle Use Fee
  • $10.00 per vehicle *pool & other amenities additional

    Weekends & Holidays 8:00-4:00 PM

    Weekends & Holidays 8:00-5:00 PM
    Weekdays 8-4:00 PM

    Weekends & Holidays 8:00-5:00 PM

    ** 2020 Season we will not be accepting any buses. 

    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
  • Pool Admission: $2 per person

        Cash Only

  • Merry-Go-Round
  • Please contact Guest Services at the Bear Mountain Inn for fees and hours of operation. 845-786-2731

  • Trailside Museum and Zoo
  • No charge. Donations accepted. Suggested donation $1.00 per person (Cash Only).

  • Boat Rentals
  • Please contact Guest Services at the Bear Mountain Inn for fees and hours of operation. 845-786-2731

  • Commercial Docking
  • 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

  • Ice Rink
  • Public Skating:
    Admission - $5.00
    4 and under - Free
    Non-skaters & Seniors - $2.00
    Skate Rental (per pair) - $5.00
    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.

    Visit them at their website for additional information, holiday hours and any cancellations at


Digital Maps

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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.

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Additional Documents

Did You Know? This park has key segments of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the Long Path.

Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Boat Rentals (Accessible)
  • Campsites, Cabins & Lodging * see "Resources and Links"
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating (Accessible) * see “Resources and Links”
  • Nature Center
  • Playgrounds
  • Playing Fields (Accessible)
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Swimming Pool
  • Visitor Center (Accessible) * see “Resources and Links”