Bear Mountain is exactly what it sounds like: an epic mountain (with an equally epic downhill when you flip it)! It's also a great ride from the city, if you're feeling up to 110 miles on a lazy weekend day.
Any given day, any given hour, you’ll see cyclists puffing up to the top of the mountain up Perkins Memorial Drive, where, at the summit, the Perkins Memorial Tower provides an amazing view of Manhattan. While it’s closed in the winter, you can still enjoy the view from the parking area at the top.
What Makes It Great
From local pros to masters to desperately out of shape newcomers to cycling, you’ll see them all as you travel the roads between the parks. They’re here for good reason: the roads are smooth and well-maintained, there aren’t many cars, and those that are driving are cyclist-friendly for the most part. But best of all is the nature: from the Appalachian Trail to giant moss-covered rocks to spectacular lakes, these parks are gorgeous year round.
Lush in the spring and summer, and perfect as the crisp fall air turns the leaves red and brown. Bitter and brutal in winter as ice and snow coat the landscape. It’s a cycling mecca close enough to the city that travel is feasible, but far enough away that you can forget about your Manhattan life. Even cell phones seem to understand this concept, as reception waxes and wanes over the course of your ride.
Who is Going to Love It
Riders looking for a good workout with great views - if you're strong, you'll love the challenge. If you are an intermediate, you'll be on your way to getting strong!
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Harriman State Park is where to stat: 3006 Seven Lakes Drive, Bear Mountain, NY 10911. You can learn more about the park on their website.