Open Daily, Year-Round
New Hours: 10:30 am to 4:00 pm, No reservations needed
Geology & Nature Study Museums open
Herpetology & History Museums closed
Enter at Main Entrance only (near pool)
Other gates closed.
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.
Required COVID-19 Precautions
- Wear a Mask or Face Covering, except children under 2 & people with certain health conditions
- Maintain Social Distance—6 feet/2M
- Wait for other Visitors to Move from Congested Areas
- Do Not Touch Common Surfaces, including rails
- Wash Hands and Use Hand Sanitizer
- No Picnicking
- Bring Drinking Water (Drinking Fountain turned off)
Visitor capacity reduced and monitored.
Follow the touring route and maintain distance from other groups.
Please keep your group to your immediate family. Non-family group visits or field trips are strongly discouraged.
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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