Explore the most popular river trails in Palisades Interstate Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

WOW be prepared to work. not for beginner. This is not your casual walk in the park.

8 days ago

This trail is so much fun ! You hike right along side the water with a great view of Yonkers . Great work out due to varied terrain . You can hike this trail for at least 3 hours and you don’t see too many people on these trails . The markers are white and can be a tad hard to see due to the moss but there’s only one trail so there’s no way for you to get lost ! If you’re not sure , check this trail out and you’ll be very much surprised !

challenging and beautiful. Definitly not kidding about good footwear the rock scramble was intense. but loved the view and the workout. my favorite hike to date!

Really enjoyed this hike. Stairs down to Shore Trail are pretty steep in places, but easy to follow. Once you get to the rock scrambling it's pretty unrelenting for a mile or so, with a few areas where you can take a breather. Nice views of a small peaceful cove, the cliffs above, and the Tappan Zee Bridge when you get further north. I wouldn't want to do it on a hot day with the sun beating down on the rocks. You cross through a chain link fence into New York then the lovely Peanut Leap Falls is just a bit further. Be sure to stop above the falls at a little lookout just off the trail. Pretty steadily back uphill until you get to the parking lot again, with some nice views out over the Hudson and lots of stone steps, though it's mostly shady. I'd do this hike again - definitely a unique experience.

Challenging and interesting hike. Goes from scenic cliffs to very sketchy rock scrambling and back, with good views throughout. Don’t bring your dog.

At first you don’t think this hike is that hard but the you hit an hour of navigating a sloping rocky terrain. Nicely tired at the end.

This is such a lovely hike, however make sure you have a good footwear! I would agree with the classification as hard.

1 month ago

Beautiful view of New York and the George Washington Bridge. Would not recommend talking kids or dogs. Rocky trial

My absolute favorite hike in the NY metro area. Fun, challenging trek with diverse terrain and landscape views that make every revisit a discovery. Peanut Leap Cascade can be anything from a trickle, to a roaring surge, to a frozen fortress, and you'll never know until round the tree-lined bend to see it. The mile-long boulder stretch provides ample opportunities for personal picnic spots along the Hudson shore. Peregrine falcons nest in the cliff face, and if you track down someone with a spotting scope they'll more than likely share a closeup with you. Listen for loud knocking in the woods along the shore and you might spot the giant, flashy pileated woodpecker.

This is a good 2.5-hr workout hike for me, but can easily spend 3+ hours taking in all the views and scrambling up the boulders. I've also always lost the trail on the northern section of Long Path and end up bushwhacking to Peanut Leap. The stair climb back up to the ridge from the south end is killer.

Sturdy footwear highly recommended for this, and you should be comfortable scrambling on hands and knees, especially in the winter when sections of the stairs are frozen over.

hard but worth

Great day hike.

My 5th time here, great workouts, beautiful waterfalls and fun swing

This trail was awesome. Completely underestimated the “hard” label. A lot of fallen trees so you have to veer off the trail a few times. Heed the warning and do not bring pets because the Giant Stairs portion isn’t meant for animals. Fun swing at the bottom near the waterfall. The 3.7 miles tag is misleading, when you hike and climb and go through some obstacles, it’s definitely longer. It took my gf and I about 6.5 hours to complete the entire trail. Definitely awesome to conquer, but also would love to see some cleaning up and clearer markers.

2 months ago

A little wet on the upper part of the trail, but great views throughout the hike. Loved the rock scrambling required at on the shoreline trail. With the trees being leaf free this time of the year, we were able to see some great views of the cliffs from below.

Started at the alpine boat basin to make it an 8-9 mile trip. Views on top of the palisades were nice. Lots of litter though. Heavily trafficked areas. Took 6 hours for the extended loop. Navigating the rocky parts was slow. Really muddy and slushy on the long path at the top. Good workout.

Great morning hike for February!
My friend and I really enjoyed everything this trail offer, the “stairs” the waterfall , the workout! In 3 hours and of course the views.

Went in the summer. Great rock scrambling and views of the Hudson

nice easy hike, great views, rock scramble along Hudson is fun.

Gorgeous hike with plenty of Hudson River views and lookouts. Varying terrain from trails to a mile of rock scrambling, and an unexpected waterfall at the northernmost portion of the loop. High chance of wind chill in the winter due to being right on the River for a large portion of the hike, however that is made worth it with some views of the cliffs that would be invisible when the trees are not bare.

Very difficult but challenging and fun. The white trail is pretty hard, lots of maneuvering but fun. Took us about 2.5hrs in the snow. We were soaked with sweat, great workout. I wouldn’t recommend doing this hike in the snow but, we did survive, with no casualties. Lol...

Pretty challenging trail, especially the Giant Stairs. The northern part of decent towards the Giant Stairs is steep too. The views are amazing!
There is a 2012 rockfall in the middle, which has lighter colour than the rest of the cliffs.

Hike hike hard

Nice trail. Pretty heavily trafficked on a Saturday at 10am. Parking lot was half full when I got there but when leaving it was jam packed with no spots. (Free parking). Pretty amazing views. Great view of the bridge. Waterfall was dried up when I went. Some tricky parts, but doable and rewarding.

Breathtaking views along the Hudson. 500+ foot drops near the edges. I’d like to do this again soon because Winter is coming - I would not attempt this trail in the winter or even when it is wet/moist because the rocks are challenging to maneuver.

6 months ago

It is a pretty long trail but I thought it was fairly easy. The terrain is pretty consistent (a little uneven). I didn't expect that it was so close to the parkway but with some headphones it was fine. The view were amazing especially if you were bold enough to venture off to the side paths. The stairs were pretty killer though. I did the long trail going and the scenic/shore trail back.

Some steep parts and the rock scramble is long and hard, but walking right along the Hudson River with the palisades towering over you is really awesome. Interesting variety of scenery.

Fun for a rock scramble through the Giant Steps. About on the crowded side.

7 months ago

This was a great work out. Good amount of rock scrambling and the stairs at the end of the loop are tiring, but definitely doable. Went on a Sunday morning and it wasn't too crowded.

One of the challenging hikes I've done. I'd recommend to wear good hiking shoes and be prepared to finish this trail in 3 plus hrs.

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