Palisades Shore

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Trail Distance: 12.5 miles
Time Estimate: 5 hr 20 min
Elevation Gain: 382 feet
Leash Rule: Unknown
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Metered
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: Yes
Description
The Shore Trail in New Jersey is a popular hike that you and your fur-pup will either find to be a great, fun, rigorous challenge, or a really hard and unpleasant experience, depending on your fitness level. It starts at the Fort Lee Historic Park just south of the George Washington Bridge, where you can park your vehicle, and heads north, where it soon descends to the Hudson River and along its wooded shore. The views are pawsome, of the river and New York on the western bank, and the walk here is fairly flat and easy. 


After passing 3 picnic areas and a dock, the path takes you across a boulder-strewn terrain known as "Giant Stairs," which is a 1-mile rigorous scramble. The footing can be tricky, and the rocks get hot in the sun, so perhaps bring hiking gloves and put some protective ointment on your pup's pads. They can be slippery after a rain, as well. After passing a magnificent rocky structure called Peanut Leap Cascade, you'll begin to climb steeply again to the top of the Palisades some 400 feet above and you'll encounter an intersection with another Palisades Park trail called Long Path, ending just north of the New York/New Jersey border. 

Most of the trail is located under a canopy of trees and you'll find the shade a welcome relief, but be sure to bring water and drink it throughout the entire hike. A snack bar or 2 is also a good idea because you'll need to replenish some energy on this one! Your reward will be furtastic vistas from atop the palisades and even at lower points on the cliffs, as well as sightings of falcons and eagles soaring above and below you looking for lunch. Deer abound in the park and are not particularly shy, so you can expect to see them with their fawns in the spring and later. One of the most pawsome experiences on this hike is to look up from below to see the cliffs of the Palisades towering over you, especially knowing you will be climbing to their tops!

The trail is closed from December through February, but in the other 3 seasons it's sure to be a unique workout and woofderful hike for you and your pooch!

Trail Features
Rocky, Steep Inclines, Forest, River
Abundant Wildlife, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations

Although they're known to be shy creatures, the copperhead snakes that live in the woods along this trail may bite if disturbed, so be sure to keep Fido tightly leashed, and don't reach into areas such as under or around rocks or bushes without looking. Watch your step and wear hiking boots for protection. There is also abundant poison ivy in the area, so learn how to recognize it and stay away. Long sleeves and pants will help protect you from this and ticks, too..

Address
Fort Lee Historic Park Hudson Terrace
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
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Address
Fort Lee Historic Park Hudson Terrace
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset