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Palisades Interstate Park, Alpine

#22 of 55 in Nature in New Jersey
State Park · Park
Palisades Interstate Park and its governing body, the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, was formed under an interstate compact in 1900 by governors Theodore Roosevelt of New York and Foster M. Voorhees of New Jersey in response to the destruction of the Palisades by quarry operators in the late 19th century. The Palisades are the cliffs on the west bank of the Hudson River across from and continuing north of Manhattan Island. The commission consists of ten commissioners, five appointed by each governor, who serve staggered five-year terms.
In 1900, George W. Perkins was appointed chairman of the newly formed commission by governor Roosevelt. He hired Major William A. Welch as assistant engineer, and in 1914 named him chief engineer and general manager. Under Welch's leadership, the Palisades Interstate Park grew from the initial 10000acre Bear Mountain State Park to the more than 40000acre Harriman State Park. By 1919 nearly a million people a year were coming to the park.
When work started on the park there were no existing models or precedents for an endeavor of its nature and scope. Welch organized a massive reforestation program, built 23 new lakes, of scenic drives and 103 children's camps, where 65,000 urban children enjoyed the outdoors each summer. He helped found the Palisades Interstate Park Trail Conference, which later became the New York–New Jersey Trail Conference, and he served as chairman of the Appalachian Trail Conference.
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  • Great challenging hike, a bit muddy but it was a great hike. Nice water fall before you start hiking the big rocks. Wear proper shoes since is king of slippery once you have mud in the bottom of...  more »
  • Although the views and trails are beautiful, I do not recommend this hike for beginner hikers. My boyfriend, who has been on a few hikes before, and I, who have never hiked before, intended to go on.....  more »
  • Love this park. Excellent place for a lovely hike with so many different hiking trails or for a nice evening stroll. It's a beautiful location and I highly recommend it.
  • If you need to have some self time. This park is the perfect getaway. Close and convenient to the George Washington bridge. Enormous space and a breathtaking view. Definitely suitable for family or as me a single person.

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