A Guide to Hiking Bear Mountain

Bear Mountain Hiking: Bike Trails

Harriman State Park also borders Bear Mountain.
Harriman State Park also borders Bear Mountain.
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Biking is allowed on the paved paths on Bear Mountain. The Bear Mountain Office does warn, however, that biking is not allowed in the zoo, and that cyclists are required to wear a helmet. If you're looking for a good scenic bike route, try the West Mountain Loop from the Anthony Waye Recreation area. (To get there, you can take exit 17 off the parkway.) Mountain biking is not permitted at Bear Mountain off of these trails.

For road biking, a popular route is 7 Lakes Drive, a scenic route that extends about 20 miles (32.2 kilometers) between Sloatsburg, N.Y. and Bear Mountain. Another possible road biking option is taking Perkins Memorial Drive to the top of the mountain. However, the Bear Mountain Office cautions that this a tough ride and really for advanced cyclists. Because it is windy and narrow, the Bear Mountain State Park doesn't encourage it, but it's still allowed.

Although there aren't any bike paths on Bear Mountain, Perkins Memorial Drive is a paved road that will take you all the way to the top, where Perkins Memorial Tower sits.

Need more hiking information? See the links below to get your outdoor fix.

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