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Bear Mountain Trails Reopen Ten Months After Washout

Bear Mountain Trails Reopen Ten Months After Washout

The Appalachian Trail at Bear Mountain State Park, as well as Major Welch and Suffern Bear Mountain Trails, reopened for Memorial Day weekend, the start of the park's official summer season.

The trails have been closed since the torrential downpour of ten inches of rain that fell on July 9, 2023, damaged the park’s infrastructure, water supply, and trail systems.

In the aftermath of the storm, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the New York State Office of General Services and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission have worked together to repair the parks roads, bridges, drains, water, power, and sewer. Approximately $40 Million has been spent to ensure that the park is back and open for the 2024 season.

Though many of the roads and bridges were reopened during the Summer and Fall of 2023, the trail system has taken longer to repair. Nearly every trail in the park's 42-mile system received some level of damage, with some of that damage forcing complete reconstruction. 


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