For a pawsome outdoor adventure in the Hudson Valley, don't miss Bear Mountain State Park! Nestled in rugged mountains along the Hudson River, this furrific site draws visitors with its natural beauty and myriad recreational activities. There's something for everyone here, including canine visitors!
Athletic puppers will be pleased to know that there are miles of trails to take on at Bear Mountain State Park. One of the most pawpular routes is the Bear Mountain Loop, which strings together sections of the Cornell Mine, Major Welch, and Appalachian Trails to form a 3.6-mile hike up Bear Mountain. Starting in the parking lot near the carousel, the loop will guide you and Fido past the ice skating rink, Hessian Lake, and the lodge before climbing up to the Perkins Tower Area at the summit. This hike offers pawmazing views all throughout, especially at the top. The Perkins Memorial Tower lets you get an even better view of the Hudson, but Fido will have to stay behind with another member of your pawty as dogs are not allowed inside buildings.
Picnic areas, bathing areas, walkways, and the Trailside Museums and Zoo are also off-limits to four-legged visitors. Furtunately, your pooch is welcome to stay with you at the park's Overlook Lodge so you can extend your adventure at Bear Mountain. Make yourselves at home in one of the pet-friendly guestrooms, which come equipped with satellite TVs, kitchenettes, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Note that there is an additional charge for canine guests and pup-friendly units are limited, so be sure to call the hotel beforehand to reserve your room.
Whether you spend a day or a weekend at Bear Mountain, practice proper petiquette by always keeping your pooch on a 6-foot leash and cleaning up after them. Though the park is a great destination all year round, it's especially pawtastic in the fall.
Discover the scenic beauty of the Hudson Valley with your doggo at Bear Mountain State Park!