A hidden gem in the Hudson Valley just minutes from New York City, Bear Mountain State Park is the perfect place to spend the day taking in the great outdoors. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Meredith Zaritheny filed the following report for NY1.
Nestled in the rugged mountains on west bank of the Hudson River, Bear Mountain State Park offers the typical outdoor activities and then some.
"The scenery here is beautiful you can see nature all around you," says one visitor.
"Checking out the carousel because I told them all the animals are native to the park which they think it super cool," says Rochester resident Trisha Chacchia.
For Trisha Chacchia and her family, Bear Mountain State Park is much more than just another stop on their family vacation.
"We came to the park because my husband and I got married here 11 years ago and we're showing our four kids where we got married," Chacchia says.
Scenic views from atop Bear Mountain, are what brought Juanita Capan and countless others to the park.
"I came here to see the beauty of Bear Mountain," says Juanita Capan, who lives in Puerto Rico.
"...picnics, they fish in our lake, they rent the row boats, they go swimming, they do a walk through the zoo, take a drive to the top of the mountain, go for a hike. We have plenty of hiking trails. It's just a great place to be," says Bear Mountain Park Manager David Bourne.
It’s one of the most visited State Parks in New York with more than two million visitors a year, and with so much to do and see—park visitors say that's what keeps them coming back year round.
"There's tons to do great place to come," says Chacchia. "We'll be back."