Description - Bear Mountain State Park is a favorite park for thousands of visitors each year. The many sights, accommodations and recreation opportunities attract folks of all ages and abilities. A beautiful old inn over looks Hessian Lake while offering first-class accommodations. Both winter and summer sports are enjoyed at this park; features include swimming, fishing, hiking, boating, ice skating, ski jumps and even a zoo.
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Bear Mountain State Park
- Bear Mountain State Park is situated in rugged mountains rising from the west bank of the Hudson River. The historic Bear Mountain Inn overlooks Hessian Lake and provides fine food and overnight accommodations. The park features a large play field, shaded picnic groves, a dock on the Hudson for mooring small craft, lake and river fishing access, a swimming pool, a zoo and nature, hiking, mountain biking and cross-country ski trails and ski-jumps. 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. Adjacent to Bear Mountain is Harriman State Park that offers 46,000 acres of recreation year-round.
Recreation - Bear Mountain State Park offers a wonderful historic inn for overnight accommodations, spectacular mountain and lake views from a number of recreation locations including a network of multi-use trails available year-round. The park has fishing opportunities including boat rental, swimming opportunities, and a variety of winter sports including a beautiful ice rink, trails and ski-jumps. There is even a zoo at this state park.
Climate - The Bear Mountain area experiences average January temperatures above 22 degrees Fahrenheit (above -6 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (around 22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from 40 to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt. The central Catskills receive the highest precipitation.
Located along the shores of the Hudson River (US 9W), Bear Mountain State Park lies 45 miles north of New York City.