The state of New York may be best-known as the home to one of the world’s most thriving metropolises, but the state also has plenty to offer outside of urban life. Outside of the city, you can find some of the most gorgeous landscapes and natural beauty the Northeast has to offer. Bear Mountain State Park is one of our favorite places for escaping to nature. This beautiful park offers breathtaking views of the Hudson River in a natural setting, along with a litany of fun activities the whole family can enjoy.

Some of our Westchester personal injury lawyers‘ favorites parts of Bear Mountain include:

Bear Mountain Inn

Constructed in 1915, the Bear Mountain Inn is one of the most iconic and influential examples of the famous Adirondack rustic lodge style. Over the years, this aesthetic has become extremely popular throughout the Adirondacks and the National Park System. We think a stay here is the best way to enjoy Bear Mountain, as you can fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area. If you can put your smartphone away for long enough, you may even feel like you’ve gone back 100 years in time.

The Bear Mountain Inn was added to The National Register of Historic Places in 2002. It’s undergone several renovations over the years but has never lost its classic rustic charm.

Perkins Memorial Drive

Some of the best views of Bear Mountain come on the drive up to the top of the park. The Perkins Memorial drive is famous for its scenic views all the way up. Once you make it to the summit, you can take in a breathtaking panoramic view of the region from Perkins Memorial Tower, including views of four states and the Manhattan skyline from 40 miles away.

Trailside Museums and Zoo

Located at the former site of Fort Clinton, the Trailside Museums and Zoo is open for visitors year-round. It’s named after the Appalachian Trail, which runs through the park. The zoo was initially a bear den, but today houses a variety of injured and rehabilitating wildlife. Some of the critters you can view here include:

  • Bears
  • Otters
  • Deer
  • Bald eagles
  • Owls

The complex also has a Reptile and Amphibian House, where you can view a variety of fish, turtles, snakes, and frogs. There’s also a Nature Study Museum, Geology Museum covering the Hudson Highlands, and History Museum covering colonial and Native American history and culture in this complex.


You can enjoy a wide range of fun physical activities within the beautiful nature at Bear Mountain State Park. Some of our favorite ways to have fun here include:

  • Ski jumping
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Picknicking
  • Cross-country running
  • Sledding
  • Ice skating

Bear Mountain is home to over 50 official trails, which vary in difficulties. You’re sure to find a hiking path to suit your skill level.