TRAILSIDE IS NOW OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
Trailside is undergoing construction of new animal habitats! With less active construction long the trail, Trailside is able to once again be open 7 days a week, with occasional closures for active construction. Please visit our website for up-to-date closure information. This website will be updated by 9:00AM daily.
Open Daily, Year-Round
New Hours: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, No reservations needed
Enter at Main Entrance (near pool), North Entrance near Bridge or Fort Montgomery Trail Gate Entrance.
If coming from the north, take By-Pass Trail (blue blazes) to Main Trail. Turn Left to walk to Main Entrance. This hiking trail is not suitable for strollers, wheelchairs, walkers, or anyone with mobility limitations. Visitors must be able to walk the full distance to and from their vehicle. We are unable to provide transportation to anyone who is unable to walk the full distance.
COVID-19 Precautions for unvaccinated patrons
- If you are unvaccinated, we encourage you to wear a mask or face covering when indoors or unable to remain socially distant outside. Children under 2 and people with certain health conditions are exempt.
- Please try to maintain social distance—6 feet/2M whenever possible.
- Wait for other visitors to move from congested areas
- Avoid touching common surfaces, including rails.
- Wash hands and use hand sanitizer.
- No picnicking
Restrooms—one person or parent with children at a time. Wait outdoors until the restroom is empty and maintain social distance from other people.
Bears & Coyotes go off exhibit at 3:45 pm
(Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day)
Trailside Admission: $1/person suggested donation
Fieldtrips and Group Visits: Schedule School or Group Visit.
Parking: Park at Bear Mountain State Park. Daily fee $10/vehicle in summer, weekends & holidays year-round. Allow 20 minutes to walk from parking to Trailside. Allow 1 to 2 hours for your visit.
Handicap Parking: Pay Parking Fee at Bear Mountain State Park & Display Parking Fee ticket on Dashboard. Park in designated Handicap Parking Spaces outside of Trailside Service Gate on Service Road off Bear Mountain Bridge Road.
Empire Pass: $80/year for Unlimited Day Use at most NYS Parks, Historic Sites & recreational facilities. Purchase online at Empire Pass or at Bear Mountain State Park Office and other NYS Parks and Historic Sites.
People with Limited Mobility & Disabilities: This portion of the Appalachian Trail is paved and suitable for strollers. The trail is on rugged terrain. Much of it is not suited to wheelchairs. The northern end is easier for people with more limited mobility and wheelchairs.
- No Pets or Emotional Support or Therapy Animals (Service Animals Permitted). Here is an explanation of the differences. Take Pets on Blue Blazed By-Pass Trail
- No feeding of animals, no banging on exhibits, no throwing things in exhibits.
- No Smoking any device or substance
- No Picnicking
- No Bikes or Scooters
- No Music or Bullhorns
- No Collecting Plants, Animals, Rocks or other Natural Materials
- No Abandoning of unwanted pets in Trailside or anywhere in NYS Parks
- No Birthday Parties or other celebrations.
- No Wedding or other professional photography
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