A Guide to Hiking Bear Mountain

Bear Mountain Hiking: River Lookouts

The Bear Mountain Bridge spans the Hudson River.
The Bear Mountain Bridge spans the Hudson River.
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Whichever trail you decide to take, you'll encounter several scenic outlooks of the Hudson River while climbing Bear Mountain. The Bear Mountain Office also points out that the zoo actually provides a great view of the river, as well. Although it's the lowest point on the Appalachian Trail, the zoo is nevertheless situated at about 120 feet (36.6 meters) above sea level.

If you stand and take look at the Hudson River as it flows past Manhattan in New York City, it might be hard to believe that almost 50 miles () away lies the Bear Mountain Bridge. Several lookouts on Bear Mountain will offer excellent views of the Bear Mountain Bridge, completed in 1924. It was commissioned because of the popularity of Bear Mountain, and became the first vehicular bridge between New York and Albany. At the time it was opened, it was actually the longest suspension bridge in the world.

The bridge might be high above the water, but some of the terrain around Bear Mountain reaches even higher. Read more about the land on the next page.