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Unveiling Alpine's Hidden Gem: Palisades Interstate Park - A Breathtaking Hudson River Escape!

Updated: Jul 27, 2023

Discover the secrets of Alpine, a charming town nestled in the top right corner of New Jersey, renowned for its opulent mansions, famous residents, and captivating legends surrounding the legendary "Devil's Tower." However, tucked away on the cliff's edge lies a park offering unparalleled vistas of the Hudson River.

Welcome to Palisades Interstate Park, situated along the northern stretch of the Palisades Interstate Parkway in New Jersey. This remarkable park boasts notable attractions such as the Women's Federation Monument, The State Line Cafe, The Historic Kearny House, and the enigmatic Cliffdale Manor. Moreover, it offers an array of hiking trails of varying difficulty levels, each offering awe-inspiring views.

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the hiking path, where you'll encounter the Women's Federation Monument—a captivating trailside stone tower commemorating the New Jersey State Women's Clubs' efforts in preserving the Palisades. Download the map to this historic monument and embark on a remarkable adventure. Click here to download a map to the monument.

If you're seeking to revel in the mesmerizing panoramas without hiking, make sure to visit the State Line Cafe. Not only can you indulge in delectable bites amidst the stunning Palisades backdrop, but you can also explore a selection of gifts, books on outdoor activities, history, and nature, with a special focus on the Hudson River Valley. The cafe operates year-round, providing a haven for all nature enthusiasts. Check here for the latest hours, including holiday schedules.

Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Kearny House, once a Hudson River Homestead, a Tavern, and even a Police Station. This historic site witnessed countless gatherings and libations during its tavern days and served as a meeting point for ship captains and dockworkers navigating the bustling Hudson River. From May to October, you can embark on guided tours of this magnificent house, with special events throughout the year, offering a captivating glimpse into its nineteenth-century heritage.

For those with a penchant for exploration, the remnants of Cliffdale Manor await your discovery. Initially built as a summer residence by George Zabriskie, the property was later acquired by J.D. Rockefeller, Jr. Eventually, the Palisades commission decided to restore the skyline to its natural beauty, leading to the partial demolition of the manor. Today, the captivating ruins of the original structure stand as a testament to its storied past, awaiting intrepid hikers on their park expedition.

Palisades Interstate Park offers a wealth of outdoor opportunities with its eight diverse hiking trails. Ranging from easy to challenging, these trails wind through rugged terrain alongside the cliff's edge. To plan your adventure effectively, utilize the downloadable keyed map, providing trail routes and optimal parking spots for each hike. For additional hiking information, comprehensive trail details, and captivating photos, visit AllTrails.Com and embark on an extraordinary journey through this remarkable park.

Uncover the allure of Palisades Interstate Park, a hidden sanctuary where nature's splendor meets breathtaking views of the Hudson River. Prepare to be enchanted by Alpine's best-kept secret!

For more hiking information, trail details and photos visit AllTrails.Com

1. Women's Federation Monument - Easy

This is about a 2 mile out and back hike that's perfect for children and families. Here you'll find the "castle" as mentioned before.

Download map and the key here

2. Cape Fly Away - Easy

This is a round trip 3 -mile hike that works out to about 1.5-hour. If you'd like you can cut in half if you like too.

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3. Peanut Leap Cascade - Moderate

this hike is about 2.5 miles roundtrip and takes about 2 hours to complete. On this hike, you can enjoy a scenic cascading waterfall!

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4. Bombay Hook - Moderate

If you're into longer hikes this one is diffidently for you! This 7-mile hike will take you about 5 hours to complete. This hike will give you great views of the cliffs above and the Hudson River on the other side!

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5. Huyler's Landing History Hike - Moderate

If you like history we recommend this hike! Comming it at about 5 miles this scenic hike will take about 3.5 hours to complete.

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6. Carpenter's Loop - Moderate

This hike clocks in at about 2.5 hours. It has the potential to be cut in half (Please refer to the map and key) The total length of the hike is 5.5 - miles.

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7. The Giant stairs - Challenging

This hike is very challenging and is only recommended for experienced hikers. We do not recommend this hike for children or dogs, or when the conditions are icy or wet. It's a 4-mile hike that may take about 3 hours depending on the pace that you go.

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8. Clinton Point - Challenging

This is an 8-mile hike that clocks in around 5 hours, sometimes it can be done in a shorter period pending on how often you stop. Some things you'll see on this hike are great Hudson River views, cliff views, waterfalls, hill climb, ruins, abandoned structures.

Download map and the key here

Info and Maps provided by: Palisades Interstate Park Commission

Photos Provided By: AllTrails.Com


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