The Long Path Trail stretches from just south of the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, NJ to Albany, almost 400 miles. Each section is named, and the Long Path Trail along the Hudson River is one of the most pupular and heavily traveled sections. It's the only part of the full Long Path that features a walk at the Hudson River's edge, with furtastic views of Manhattan and the Bronx, the New Jersey Palisades, and the George Washington Bridge. As it meanders along the Palisades, it takes hikers and their pooches past historic ruins and impressive lookouts, as well as a picnic area near the water's edge. A portion hugs the busy Palisades Parkway, so be sure to get a good grip on Fido's tether!
Besides the access point to the nearby trailhead at the museum in Fort Lee, there are many places along the path where hikers and their pups can enter the trail. Be aware that it becomes crowded on weekends in warm or temperate seasons, so if you're able, plan your hike for during the week, or in the winter! Meandering through the wooded terrain, then dropping down to the Hudson shoreline via a descending switchback path will give you a sense of awe when you look up to where you've just been.
After scrambling through the daunting boulder field and ambling past the large picnic area, a set of stone stairs, worn by many footfalls, leads back to the top of the Palisades again. You and your pup will definitely feel the burn! A small cave and a waterfall provide interesting distractions along the way. A bench and swing at river's edge is a quaint amenity. Don't hesitate to try the swing - you know you want to! Birds will serenade you as you walk under the canopy of their lofty homes, and wildflowers accompany hikers in spring and summer. The end of the path intersects with Highland Avenue. Be sure to tote along water, and clean up bags for the trek.
Reserve a day to explore this 13-mile trail that winds
along the Hudson River and the top of the rocky Palisades! It's pawsome!