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Palisades Interstate Park via the George Washington Bridge

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 3.8 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

The Long Path is accessible from 175th Street in New York City. Run over the George Washington Bridge and take a right.


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19.9

Miles

32.1

KM

98%

Runnable

449' 137 m

High

2' 1 m

Low

1,094' 333 m

Up

1,094' 334 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views

Overview

The southern-most section of the Long Path (aqua blazes) traces its way through New Jersey's Palisades Park across the Hudson River into New York City. It's the best singletrack running you can hope to find that's accessible from New York City without a car. Rolling hills, sweeping views of the Hudson River and the New York City skyline, and water and bathrooms available at the halfway point.

Need to Know

Public transportation is the best way to access the start of this trail. Take the A train to 175 Street or the bus to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station. On-street parking is also available near the start of this trail. A gas station serves as an oasis about 2.5 miles in. The park headquarters marks the turnaround. This building is normally open to the public with decent bathrooms and a water fountain.

Runner Notes

The trail is popular among hikers. Careful: Not everyone leashes their dog.

Description

Beginning at 175th Street on Manhattan's upper west side, the first 1.5 miles of this run takes you over the G.W. Bridge and into Palisades Interstate Park. The trail and mileage to various lookouts along the Long Path are well signed. The trail is rolling singletrack, and because this is the east, there are enough rocks to make it interesting in spots. There's not a lot of elevation gain or loss but you have a spots where you should be ready to climb or slow down a bit.

As this is an out-and-back run on the Long Path, you can easily turn around whenever you would like, making this a great option for a short day run or a long outing.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, rabbits, and your standard woodland critters. Lots of poison ivy encroaching on the path.

Contacts

Shared By:

David Klatt with improvements by Sean Gerlich

Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 4 votes

#1

in Manhattan

#3274

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Photos

Alpine Lookout (also once part of the grounds of Rio Vista)
Nov 13, 2017 near Alpine, NJ
Clifftop parapet, once part of Manuel Rionda’s “Rio Vista.”
Nov 13, 2017 near Tenafly, NJ
Stone path and stairs after entering the Carpenter's Trail. Ascent after Shore Trail.
Sep 6, 2020 near Fort Lee, NJ
Foundation remains of “Cliff Dale,” the c. 1911 summer estate of George Zabriskie, on "Millionaire's Row".
Nov 13, 2017 near Alpine, NJ
Foundation remains of Foker mansion on "Millionaire's Row". (Alpine boat basin below. Yonkers across the Husdon River)
Nov 13, 2017 near Alpine, NJ
The view of George Washington Bridge from the Long Path Trail.
Apr 24, 2017 near Fort Lee, NJ

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Jul 29, 2019
Sean Gerlich
tons of poison ivy and plants with nettles and thorns (wild raspberry?) overgrown on the course. unbribable in sections because you couldn't see yo… 21mi
Dec 1, 2018
Miguel Casas
14mi — 2h 30m
Nov 10, 2018
Miguel Casas
12 mi loop, nice combination of technical sections (muddy/puddly riverbed, stony) and buttery single trails. All covered in autumn leaves. 12mi — 2h 00m