With the main entrance south of the busy George Washington Bridge, the Palisades Long Path is a 12-mile trail that is used by thousands of people every year. The trail takes you from Fort Lee to the New Jersey/New York state line, or NYC's subway station to Fort Lee. It offers hikers access to multiple Hudson River overlooks, including the State Line Lookout in Alpine, NY, for those who want to hike to 532 feet above the river.
The beginning point of Long Path, a system that extends over three hundred miles, is located in Palisades Interstate Park in Alpine. Through this park, visitors can find over 2,500 acres along the Hudson River. The park offers a boat launching ramp, cliff-top overlooks, picnic areas along the river, playgrounds, historic sites, and nature sanctuaries. Hikers will find miles of woodland and panoramic vistas right outside The City that Never Sleeps.
This trail is considered a travel destination by many locals because it is a sanctuary from the busy, crowded city streets of the metropolitan areas of New York and New Jersey. While the terrain is difficult in many areas due to its natural soil path and sometimes steep inclines, the pathway takes you across the top of the cliffs and across many roads, allowing you and Fido to leave the trail and get refreshed before you continue your hike.
Beginning at the 175th Street Subway Station in New York City, or Fort Lee by the George Washington Bridge, you'll follow the Hudson River to your destination. Most of the route goes through the state parks, but it also links to smaller town and county parks.
No matter which route you choose, you will be afforded spectacular views of the Hudson River and the cities from some of the highest points in NYC and New Jersey.