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Bear Mountain Bridge
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Prior to 1924 the only way to cross the mighty Hudson River anywhere between New York City and Albany was via small private ferries. Then, in 1924 the Bear Mountain Bridge was erected connecting Orange County just below West Point with Westchester, mere feet south of the Putnam County line.

The Bear Mountain Bridge is a classic suspension bridge in a very non-classic setting. On its western end lies Bear Mountain State Park and the northern terminus of the Palisades Interstate Parkway. Just to the north is the impressive United State Military Academy, West Point. On its eastern end however, the Hudson Highlands raise themselves vertically in a solid wall of stone. From its eastern end, Route 9D heads north, to the left, into Putnam County past Manitoba, Boscobel and Cold Spring. To the right Route 6/202 crawls up and over the highlands heading south into Peekskill.

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The Bear Mountain Bridge is also the crossing point of the Appalachian Trail over the Hudson. Yearly hundreds of intrepid adventurers trek across the bridge enjoying the panorama, stopping in Bear Mountain State Park. As you cross the bridge, slow down and enjoy the unparalleled beauty of this section of the Hudson River as it traverses the imposing Hudson Highlands.

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