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Allison Park: Open daylight hours. Restrooms closed for season.
Alpine Boat Basin: Closed for season.
Alpine Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Pavilion restrooms closed for season (parking plaza restrooms remain open). Kearney House closed for season. 
Englewood Boat Basin: Please contact J.M. Englewood Marina: 201-568-1328.
Englewood Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Snack Shack closed for season.
Fort Lee Historic Park: Grounds open daylight hours. Metered parking (year-round, click here for rates). Visitor Center open Weds. to Sun., 10 AM – 4:45 PM. 201-461-1776.
Greenbrook Sanctuary: Open daylight hours (membership required). 201-784-0484.
Hazard’s Ramp: Closed for season.
Henry Hudson Drive: Conditions permitting, Fort Lee to Englewood open daylight hours. Englewood to Alpine closed to motor vehicles for season.
Palisades Interstate Parkway in New Jersey: Open 24 hrs.
Park Headquarters: Administrative offices open Mon. to Fri., 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM except New Jersey State holidays. 201-768-1360. Parkway Police desk staffed at all times: 201-768-6001. Click here for Court information.
Ross Dock Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Restrooms closed for season (Port-A-Johns available).
State Line Lookout: Grounds open daylight hours. Lookout Inn (State Line Cafe & bookshop) open 9:30 AM – 5 PM. 201-750-0465.
Trails: Open daylight hours. Trail construction with intermittent closures this winter on the Shore Trail between Ross Dock and Englewood.
Undercliff Picnic Area: Open daylight hours.

Sidebar last updated: February 10, 2017.
The information posted here is subject to change without notice.

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In general, hikers will need two hours or more to complete the hikes on this page, and most of the routes traverse some significant slopes. Younger children may find the hikes described on this page too difficult. Older children and adults should be in good shape and relatively confident of their hiking abilities. Hikers should take a moment or two to read our hiking tips (on our main hiking page) before setting out.


 

Carpenter’s Loop I

Length: 2 mi. (round-trip distance)

Time: 1.5 hr.

Start: Fort Lee Historic Park

Click to download a printable version of this hiking description (condensed for printout), with a map and “Tips for Hikers.”

Southern trails

From Fort Lee Historic Park, hike north on the Long Path (aqua) along the sidewalk on Hudson Terrace, then up the steel steps beyond the George Washington Bridge and into the woods. Follow the Long Path north, exploring some of the unmarked but well-defined side trails overlooking the Bridge if you wish. About 0.5 mi. in, look for the top of the blue-blazed Carpenter’s Trail, and take this down to the Shore Trail, just south of Ross Dock. Take the white-blazed Shore Trail south beneath the Bridge, passing Hazard’s Ramp, for another 0.5 mi., where it will turn uphill to take you to the southern park entrance. Back on Hudson Terrace, turn north on the multi-use path and return to start.

View of the George Washington Bridge on the “Carpenter’s Loop I” hike.

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Carpenter’s Loop II

Length: 4 mi. (round-trip distance)

Time: 1.5 hr.

Start: Englewood Picnic Area

Click to download a printable version of this hiking description (condensed for printout), with a map and “Tips for Hikers.”

Southern trails

The ascent up the cliffs is by far the most difficult part of this hike. The Shore Trail here is flat and wide. The Long Path is also flat, though it is narrow at points. Pick up the Shore Trail (white) immediately south of the entrance booth and refreshment stand at Englewood Picnic Area and follow it about a mile to Ross Dock. Just south of Ross Dock you will find the blue-blazed Carpenter’s Trail, which you can take up to the Long Path (aqua). Go north on the Long Path. Before Dyckman Hill, the Long Path skirts the edge of Allison Park and St. Peter’s College. Follow the aqua blazes to the top of Dyckman Hill Road, and then take the yellow-blazed Dyckman Hill Trail back to start.

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Closter Landing Loop (with “Millionaire’s Row”)

Click to download a printable version of this hiking description (condensed for printout), with a map and “Tips for Hikers.”

Alpine trails

Length: 5 mi. (round-trip distance)

Time: 3.5 hr.

Start: Alpine Picnic Area

This 5-mile hike is sometimes called “Millionaire’s Row” because of the old estate foundations you will pass along the cliff top. Begin at the south end of the Alpine Picnic Area, and take the white-blazed Shore Trail south, along the river. For the first mile, this trail traverses stone steps built decades ago. (Keep an eye out for the “Jordan Plaque,” bolted to a rock on your right, marking the spot where the park’s first superintendent died after he slipped on ice and fell from the cliffs near here.) The trail will finally level off along the shore, and in about 1.3 mi. from the start, you will come to an old jetty in the river. This is “Huyler’s Landing,” once an important farm landing on the Hudson. Here the red-blazed Huyler’s Landing Trail begins.

Take the Huyler’s Landing Trail uphill until you get to Henry Hudson Drive. Here turn left (north) and use caution, as you’ll have to walk for about 50 yds. on the active roadway. Turn left (south) on the Drive and look for the continuation of the Huyler’s Landing Trail up the hillside. Take this trail up to the top (part of this trail follows the route used by the British Army in November 1776 to invade New Jersey). At the top, the red trail will end where it intersects with the aqua-blazed Long Path. Turn right (north) on the Long Path.

In about 0.25 mi. you’ll get to an old overlook with a wrought-iron fence. This was part of Manuel Rionda’s “Rio Vista” estate, the largest on the Palisades. (Rionda was the owner of sugarcane plantations in Cuba in the first half of the twentieth century. His actual manor house was located near here, and the Long Path passes through the former grounds of the estate at Alpine Lookout area as you head north.)

Continuing north on the Long Path, you will pass a number of old foundation remains (these are best viewed during times of year with less leaf coverage), until you come upon the largest foundation in the park, that of George Zabriskie’s “Cliff Dale” estate. The ruin you see is only the basement portion of the house. Looking through the woods, you may find some old stone pillars and other odds and ends from Cliff Dale. Explore the foundation ruins at your own risk! (The estates on top of the Palisades were knocked down during the construction of the Palisades Interstate Parkway.)

Continuing north, you will pass a number of other foundations and old driveways, until you eventually come to a small tunnel that passes underneath Alpine Approach Road. This brings you to the top of the orange-blazed Closter Dock Trail. Take this trail downhill until it meets the Shore Trail again. Turn right here (south), and you will come back to the Alpine Picnic Area in 0.1 mi.

Fall foliage colors the Palisades on the “Closter Landing” hike.

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Clinton Point

Click to download a printable version of this hiking description (condensed for printout), with a map and “Tips for Hikers.”

Southern trails

Length: 8 mi. (round-trip distance)

Time: 4.5 hrs.

Start: Englewood Picnic Area

The loop between Dyckman Hill and Huyler’s Landing Trail is generally flat, with Huyler’s Landing the most gradual ascent up the Palisades in the park. From the south end of the Englewood Picnic Area, notice the set of stone stairs that goes up to the sidewalk on Henry Hudson Drive. Take these, then using caution cross to the yellow-blazed Dyckman Hill Trail on the other side of the Drive, taking this trail up to the summit. Bear right (north) at the junction of Palisade Avenue and the entrance to the northbound Parkway and find where the aqua-blazed Long Path goes north from that point.

An alternative route up to this point: Beginning at the north end of the Englewood Picnic Area (by Bloomer’s Beach), find the unmarked trail that goes up behind the old bathhouse. A branch from this trail (also unmarked) then turns left (west) and up the hill. Follow this branch until a set of stairs takes you to the junction of Dyckman Hill Road and Henry Hudson Drive. Using caution, cross this intersection to the south, to the sidewalk along Dyckman Hill Road. Stay on the sidewalk until it intersects with the yellow-blazed Dyckman Hill Trail, and continue as described above. (The trail from Bloomer’s, as well as the “toll booth” at the top of the stairs, was used for beach access in the 1930s.)

Continue north on the Long Path to the red-blazed Huyler’s Landing Trail. (To shorten this hike, we recommend High Tom’s or the Rockefeller Lookout or Clinton Point as turn-back points — beyond Clinton Point, the trail begins to get more difficult, and considerably less scenic until you are beyond Greenbrook Sanctuary.)

Take the Huyler’s Landing Trail to the white-blazed Shore Trail, then head south (right turn) to return.

Huyler’s Landing on the “Clinton Point” hike. Near the top of the Huyler’s Landing Trail on the “Clinton Point” hike.

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Peanut Leap Cascade

Click to download a printable version of this hiking description keyed to a map and including “Tips for Hikers.”

State Line Hikes

Length: 3 mi. (round-trip distance)

Time: 2 hrs.

Start: State Line Lookout

Begin at Lookout Inn and head north along Old Route 9W, noting the aqua blazes of the Long Path. In about 100 yds. the Long Path leaves the old cement road, following the cliff edge (and for a while overlapping Ski Trail E). In about 0.5 mi. is the State Line Monument and a chain link fence. Here the trail jogs right (east) to go around the fence and begins to descend a series of stone steps, with excellent vistas north toward the Tappan Zee. At the base of the steps, the trail jogs to the left, to bear northwest for a time (and so headed away from the river). In about 0.2 mi., cross a stream on wooden bridges. Turn right (east), at the start of the white-blazed Shore Trail, following the stream toward the river. This trail is steep and prone to erosion — use caution.

The ruins at the base of Peanut Leap Cascade are from the beginning of the twentieth century, when the sculptor Mary Lawrence–Tonetti, whose family owned an estate at nearby Snedens Landing, designed an “Italian Garden” here to entertain friends from the New York art world. This makes a great lunch spot!

Return using the same route.

Along the Shore Trail headed toward Peanut Leap Cascade. Peanut Leap Cascade. Peanut Leap Cascade Peanut Leap Cascade

If you wish to avoid the steepest ascent on the return: Take the Long Path north after its junction with the Shore Trail — in other words, don’t cross the stream. Within several minutes, there will be an unmarked but obvious trail to the left. This trail crosses the stream on stones and leads uphill and onto Old Route 9W. Turn left (approximately east) and follow the old highway back to start.

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