The variety of trails looping across the rugged landscape, draped upon the Highlands, is a major part of the appeal of Bear Mountain and Harriman State Parks. Covering nearly 52, 000 acres, this network of practically infinite trail combinations is unmatched in the area surrounding metropolitan New York. The hiker may choose to climb through the crevices of the Lemon Squeezer, savor the views of the Hudson from high on Dunderberg Mountain, or ramble on old woods roads past sleepy swamps and abandoned mining villages. The Bear Mountain Inn area [the Inn is closed for renovations] is itself a destination for many families to enjoy its numerous attractions, including access to several hiking trails.
For a history of the park and a complete guide to marked and unmarked trails, see Harriman Trails: A Guide and History, by William Myles [New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, 3d ed., 2010]. See also Chapter 16 of the [NYNJTC, 7th ed., 2005] [Since Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks are so intertwined, a nearly identical on-line description can be found at Harriman-Bear Mountain State Park]
With more than 235 miles of trails, approximately fifty marked trails, and three-dozen plus woods trails not to mention unmarked trails, it seems best to feature just a few major trail access points with parking areas.
[18.0 miles, white] traverses the northern section...
Seven Lakes and Bear Mountain with friends
Fall at the Seven Lakes Drive (Bear Mt)
Bear Mountain Motorcycle Run-Seven Lakes Drive