A day at Bear Mountain State Park!
Another day trip suggestion departing from New York! Last Sunday, we have been at Bear Mountain State Park, a park that is about 1 hour and half of Manhattan. I had seen some pictures of the place on some friends profiles on social media and excited by the fall landscape. The park is on the banks of the Hudson River, with mountains, playing fields, picnic groves in the shade, lake and river fishing access, swimming pool, Museum and Zoo, and offers activities such as walking, hiking, biking and ice skating. Certainly, the major attraction is Perkins Memorial Tower at the top of Bear Mountain, which offers a spectacular view of the park, the Hudson Highlands and Harriman State Park.
Coach Usa / Shortline offers daily shuttles to the place. We got the second bus of the morning, arrived there 1pm and had lunch in the restaurant of the Bear Mountain Inn, a very charming hotel that is up there. Then we left for our day challenge: hiking Bear Mountain. We were without pretense and we discovered along the way that the climb to the top would take almost one hour! And so we went, up and enjoying the view of the valley, which was beautiful, seeing Bear Mountain Bridge in the background. The trail is very quiet, demarcated and long. Therefore, it is essential to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring plenty of water. We made some stops from time to time to enjoy all that beauty.
Even that we did not have so much time besides hiking, it worth every minute! It was invigorating, distressful and reach the top gave that wonderful feeling of accomplishment. I want to go back again, perhaps for staying at the hotel and enjoy more time there!
To get there
As I mentioned earlier, Coach Usa/ Short Line offers daily bus tours to Bear Mountain State Park. Bus leaves from Porth Authority (42th St with 8Av) at two times: 8:45 am and 11:15 am. Return time is at 3:19 pm – on weekends, there is an extra bus at 5:19 pm. Trip takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Honestly, if it were to do it again, I would go earlier, 8:45 am, to have time to explore more of the place. Tickets can be purchased online – just click here – and costs $ 26.70 per person, round trip. Importantly: you must wait for the bus at the place where you got off, on the highway that is opposite the Bear Mountain Inn.
Bear Mountain State Park has a picnic area – you can bring your food and enjoy the view. If you want eat there, Bear Mountain Inn has a cafe and a restaurant, that serves brunch on weekends.
If you wanna spend the weekend there, you can stay at Bear Mountain Inn. It is charming and it has 15 suites. Information and reservations here.
For those that enjoy nature, this park is amazing! Trails, skating rink in the winter season, bike rentals and other activities, as well as museum and zoo. The park open all year round!