Worm Moon Hike

cliffhangersmilesbigthumbOn Thursday evening, March 1, Christina Fehre will lead a night hike through the trails at the State Line Lookout area. Hikers should plan to meet at the Lookout, accessible from the northbound Palisades Interstate Parkway at Exit 3 (U-Turn available for southbound travelers — click here for detailed directions), at 7 PM. Hikers should bring flashlights with them. The route will traverse about 3 miles in about 1.5 hours, over moderate hiking trails.

The March full moon is known as the “Worm Moon,” an Algonquin Indian name given it because, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, “At the time of this Moon, the ground begins to soften enough for earthworm casts to reappear, inviting the return of robins and migrating birds. … Roots start to push their way up through the soil, and the Earth experiences a re-birth as it awakens from its winter slumber…”

For more information about this hike, please call 201-615-9226.

Kids’ Animal Tracking Hike

mousetracksbigthumbThroughout the year, the staff of the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey — which stretches for twelve miles along the Hudson River and has over 30 miles of trails — offers guided hiking tours for varied interests and ability levels. Guided hikes are free and open to all, and advance registration is NOT needed.

On Saturday, January 20, Christina Fehre, director of Trails and Outdoor Programs for the park, will lead a hike for children meeting at 11 AM at State Line Lookout in Alpine, accessible from the northbound Palisades Interstate Parkway at Exit 3 (U-Turn available for southbound travelers — click here for detailed directions). For children age five and up, the program will introduce participants to some of the basics of animal tracking. The route will traverse about 2 miles in about 1.5 hours, over easy hiking trails. Children must be accompanied by an adult on the program.

For more information about this hike, please call 201-615-9226.

Music on the Rocks is Back

2017-06-08_13-44-07On select Saturday evenings during the warm weather months, park visitors can enjoy some “Music on the Rocks” at State Line Lookout in Alpine, the highest point along the Palisades Cliffs in New Jersey. The programs begin at 7 PM and are open to all, with no advance reservations required. Admission is $5 per person. Some seating at café tables will be available, or visitors can bring their own chairs. The State Line Café at Lookout Inn will remain open with a special evening menu, or visitors may bring a picnic supper. Adults may bring their own beer or wine if they’d like.

Sat., July 22: “Beauty & The Grease” (doo-wop & rock n roll)

Sat., September 9: “Mel’s Jazz Zone” (jazz, funk & blues)

State Line Lookout is accessible from the northbound Palisades Interstate Parkway from its own exit near Exit 3, with a well-marked U-Turn available for southbound travelers. Visitors coming by bus should stop at the state line on Route 9W, from which it is about a mile walk east, up the old closed highway there (adjacent to the entrance to Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory). Bicycles can also gain access to the Lookout area from this point. Click here for detailed directions.

For more information about “Music on the Rocks,” please call Lookout Inn at 201-750-0465.