Saturday, August 13, 2011

Day Trip to Bear Mountain

We took our first visit of many visits to Bear Mountain this week. The beauty of this park surprised all of us and the trip was a stellar day for everyone. A straight shot up the Palisades Parkway, the drive took us only an hour from the UWS.

Here is some info in case you're interested in the trip.......
Bear Mountain (3006 Seven Lakes Dr; 845-786-2701, Vehicle entry fee $8). The area is rich in history and you can make a weekend trip of the immediate area around the park since there are lots of attractions.

The 5,067-acre (20.51 km2) park offers biking, hiking, boating, picnicking, swimming, cross-country skiing, cross-country running, sledding and ice skating. It also includes several facilities such as the Perkins Memorial Tower, the Trailside Museum and Zoo, the Bear Mountain Inn (closed for renovation these past years), a carousel, pool and skating rink.

On Hessian Lake you can rent a  paddle boat or row boat, and see the stunning scenery from the center of the lake. You can fish here in summer and winter - very cool for city kids!

The picnic grounds were clean and well supplied - there are enclosed barbecues you can use (bring your own charcoal) or you can bring your small grill - but the  best surprise of the day was the super-sized swimming pool set amidst the forest and the lovely rolling hills.

Leaving the sights and smells was hard, but we know we'll be back soon!

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