Long Path: GW Bridge to Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory

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Palisades Interstate Park

Long Path: GW Bridge to Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory is a 14.5 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Fort Lee, New Jersey that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length14.5 miElevation gain1,026 ftRoute typePoint to point
Dogs on leashHikingWalkingRunningForestRiverViewsWildlifeHistoric site
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It is possible to do this as a loop, hiking back on the Bike Path (White Trail) along the river side. Please read more information here on how to complete a loop: https://www.nynjtc.org/hike/long-pathbike-path-loop-rockland-lake-state-park#dialog-hike-description

Take the State Line Lookout exit off the Palisades Interstate Parkway

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Jake Markey
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Hiking

Really lovely! Wish there was a bathroom before walking back into NY, but oh well.

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Jake Vander Linden
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Lame. Southern Closed. Caught a bus back to the PA.

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Dave L
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Gerardo Acevedo
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Laura Gensthaler
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Douglas Shick
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Trail head is inaccurate due to long term construction. Trail begins half a mile up busy road with no clear path.

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Matthew Flath
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Franklin Wang
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RunningGreat!

the first 3 miles of this trial starting from fort lee ending at rockefeller lookout is known as section 1 of the long path, the entirety of which extends all the way up north to the NY-NJ state border. section 1 is fairly flat and not so technical and therefore is great for trail running. it's not paved or gravel so there's still gonna be some annoying rocks or roots but generally fairly doable even for novice trail-runners in my opinion. the long path has essentially no forks just one long path so it's hard to get lost, also great for beginners. there are parking lots along the park which follows the palisades parkway closely so you can park at different points along the trail and explore its various sections. as far as I know only fort lee requires a parking fee. as of 10/25/2020 the walkway to/from fort lee historic park is closed so if you'd like to explore section 1 it's best to park at either allison park or the rockefeller lookout.

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cameron marshall
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Running

Pros: - easy to get to from NYC - the trail itself is decent - mainly dirt,l with rocks and roots, some pavement, very moderate incline/decline Cons: - run along the noisy highway, not peaceful, doesn’t feel like an escape

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roy Martinez
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RunningOff trail

amazing trail for running.

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Brendan Shyrer
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Hiking

Ongoing construction that makes this path confusing

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Chulho Park
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Nelson Roman
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The Long Path Trail (labeled with a green spray painted stripe) is extremely challenging and it’s moderate listing is a misnomer. I found the trail as difficult as some of the trails in the Adirondacks. One of the advantages of this trek are magnificent view points along the way. The path began at the Fort Lee National Historic Parking Lot (meter parking required). The trail has been detoured for improvement through 2021. You will hike alongside the road for approximately 3 miles and reach the first PIP. When you cross the interstate via this entrance point—-it will allow you to start the actual trail (carpenter’s trail). During the trail—you will face rock deformations, as well as unequal stairs created from these rocks. Those steps are near the historic lookout point. They are very steep and will require careful descent. I suggest a 3 litter camelback and some dry fruit or nuts for snacking on the hike. The hike is not for the novice and uninitiated hiker. Another suggestion is to leave one car at the lookout historic site and the other at the beginning. At the hikes completion, the hiker can return to the historic site and can drive back to the starting point.

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Roman Iakoubtchik
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Zohaeb Atiq
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Hiking

Definitely not an easy hike, should be rated as hard. We left a car at Tallman Mountain State Park and started this trail on the Fort Lee side. The trail starts as a simple, easy path but becomes a real hike as you get closer to NY state. We took the Carpenter’s trail for the beginning and then the long path the rest of the way. I recommend starting this hike early, by 10 am latest. We started around 12:30 and by 7:30 we had done 16 miles and we’re still 2 miles away from where we parked the car. We called a ride for the rest of the way. The 13.2 miles on AllTrails is inaccurate. Despite this, it was a very fulfilling hike based on the number of miles. The views were nothing special.

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Di Mik
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Warning the North trail path is closed you will have to detour to Carpenters trail. The trail is easy and with some epic views! Wish I had more time to hike it longer !

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Hanna Sender
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Very close to the road but great, straight trail for beginning trail runners

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Samille Steed
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Hiking

I love this hike. The hike is along the Hudson River with New York in the background, yet you are in this lush park! We saw a big buck deer in the mountains if you look up. Really beautiful and a nice peaceful getaway from that area!

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Jannis Pineda
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Great trail, sighting of snakes be careful

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Roman Iakoubtchik
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some ups and downs and beautiful views

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Daniel Gonzalez
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It was smooth

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K G
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Excellent hike! Well maintained trail. Good challenge. Some graffiti by the underground bunkers, but you can tell conscientious people are trying to keep On top of it. Picked up litter, but overall not much! Considering the state of parks these days because of overuse, I was pleasantly surprised

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Christy Zamudio
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Erik Modansky
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Ursula Gomez-Sanchez
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Hiking

Ross Dock trail start to Englewood and back

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