Alpine Scenic Retreats
The New Jersey Section of the Palisades Interstate Park runs an approximately 13-mile stretch, the length of Alpine along the top of the New Jersey Palisades and along the Hudson River to Fort Lee. The Palisades also extends north, beyond Alpine, into New York State.
Alpine’s State Line Lookout (Lookout Inn), open year-round during daylight hours, is located at the highest point on the Cliffs with scenic views of the Hudson River and Westchester County to the Long Island Sound. The Lookout features five miles of cross-country ski trails and access to various hiking trails as well. Head up to the Alpine State Line Lookout in the fall to join in on hawk watching!
Alpine’s Lookout Inn serves as a refreshment stand that provides lunch/snack menu, as well as a gift shop. Alpine’s Lookout Inn is also a venue for special programs throughout the year. Lookout Inn and Alpine’s State Line Lookout can be accessed on the northbound side of the Palisades Interstate Parkway at Exit 3.
The Alpine Boat Basin serves as both a public picnic area and small marina for private boats. The area, known today as “Alpine Landing,” is a scenic riverfront picnic area and boat basin, plus beach for car-top boat launches (canoe and kayak), with fishing, access to hiking trails and Henry Hudson Drive, restrooms, water, vending machines, and public phones. The area also has Alpine Grove, located at the south end of Alpine’s Boat Basin. Alpine Grove offers convenient parcel loading/unloading and access to restrooms. A picnic area for the use of groups up to 125, Alpine Grove’s 20 table and 2 grill venue can be set aside for events such as birthday parties, bridal showers, family and class picnics, field trips, etc. by obtaining a permit.
Additionally, the Alpine Boat Basin features the Alpine Pavilion, an open-air stone picnic pavilion built in 1934 by the Civil Works Administration (available for rental), as well as the historic Blackledge-Kearney House, the only one of a dozen or so more houses to remain.
With its ideal location along the Palisades, during its 19th century heyday, Alpine Landing was part of the collective fishing villages, which became known as the “Undercliff” settlements.
The Alpine Boat Basin, Alpine Grove, and the Alpine Pavilion can be accessed at the base of Alpine Approach Road.
The existence of the New Jersey Palisades can be credited to the efforts of notable philanthropists such as John Rockefeller, Peter Henderson, and the New Jersey Women’s Federation, who felt the rapidly development of the area posed as a threat and fought to preserve its natural bounty. Efforts began as early as 1898 and in December of 1899, the Palisades Interstate Park Commission was formed.