Palisades Interstate Park Commission: State Line Lookout, Alpine

#94 of 212 in Outdoors in New Jersey
Scenic Drive · Tourist Spot
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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  • This lookout provides a very beautiful view of the Hudson River and tappen zee bridge, NY. Its located on the beautiful PIP. Great hiking place on either the trails or a park road. I guess, This.....  more »
  • From the lookout, you can overlook Hudson River, and have a distant view of Tappan-Zee bridge. From there, I would highly recommend to take a little effort to hike the Giant Stairs trail to...  more »
  • Great place to take a day trip to. Amazing scenery, very tranquil feel. Miles of trails and roads to bike or hike on or to even have a relaxing drive in the car. Looking for a spot to snag just the right mixture of nature and modern technology in your photo, we'll there's numerous spots available to turn your vision into a great photo. Take a trip, enjoy nature and experience life.
  • Great place to go hiking. I decided to do the long route without any practice and found it really challenging. The hike has some really nice views from the top and bottom. Once you are at the bottom there is a lot of rock scrambling. There are white markers everywhere so you don't need to worry about getting lost. There is a lot of wildlife, I seen deers, many different types of birds, and even snakes. Overall great hike.

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