“It is one of the most inspirational places in the entire Hudson Valley. It feels a world apart when you get to the top of the mountain.” Timothy Englert
It’s an easy drive to the top of Bear Mountain State Park*, right next door to Harriman State Park, via the scenic Perkins Memorial Drive (closed in winter).
To Drive to the Top of Bear Mountain:
Going North, Take Exit 19 on the Palisades Interstate Parkway toward Perkins Memorial Drive/Bear Mountain Park, and follow Perkins Memorial Drive uphill.
Or, from Bear Mountain Inn, go south on Seven Lakes Drive for nearly two miles, and then take a slight right onto Perkins Memorial Drive and head uphill for two miles, to the top.
At the top, you’ll find viewing benches and telescopes, three vending machines (water, energy drinks, snacks), and the Perkins Memorial Tower, with spectacular 360-degree views of the Hudson River, Harriman State Park, the Palisades, and beyond.
A Few More Facts About the Perkins Memorial Tower:
- It has its very own Facebook page.
- On October 29 , 2010, the Empire State Building was illuminated in green lights to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Harriman Gift: 10,000 acres and $1 million.
- At the end of November, a holiday star is placed on top of the tower to celebrate the end of the year.
*But it’s a curvy, steep drive, too. Don’t text-message, and pay attention, so you don’t meet the same fate as a Pearl River woman who drove off the cliff.