Saturday, October 13: “Huyler’s Landing”
Eric Nelsen, a historical interpreter who will lead this hike, calls it “the quintessential Palisades history hike.” The 5-mile route, which meets at 10 AM at the Kearney House and is rated moderate by the hike leader, will introduce hikers to the thriving riverfront communities that once occupied the park’s shoreline, and then take them to the summit on a trail used by Revolutionary War soldiers. Along the summit, the group will visit some of the imposing foundation ruins of grand cliff-top manors of the Gilded Age. The hike will return to the Kearney House with a descent down the old Closter Dock Road, upon which farmers of Bergen County once sent wagon loads of goods to the river. Hikers should bring lunch with them to eat on the hike, and can expect to return to the starting point by around 1:30 PM.