Palisades Interstate Parkway, NY
Park Information
As early as 1920, PIPC's parks were such popular weekend getaways that automobiles and buses bringing visitors to the parks were creating traffic jams in the surrounding towns, from Englewood Cliffs in New Jersey to Fort Montgomery, near Bear Mountain. The increasing popularity of the park, and the growing traffic that came with it, helped revive an idea that the Commission had first floated in 1909: to build a parkway along the top of the Palisades cliffs, from the New Jersey Section to Bear Mountain and Harriman State Parks. The project began moving in the 1930s, when John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who had accumulated thousands of acres of the Palisades over the years, offered to donate 700 acres of land for the Parkway and its right-of-way. But World War II interrupted the planning, and construction didn't begin until 1947. It was completed in 1958.

Stretching 42 miles from the George Washington Bridge to Bear Mountain, the Palisades Interstate Parkway is an unusual corridor characterized by separated opposing roadways, stone-faced bridges, turf shoulders, intensive landscaping, and substantial buffers between pavement and right-of-way limits. Traffic in 2002 exceeded 21 million vehicles.

The Parkway is limited to passenger cars and motorcycles only. Trucks and cars pulling trailers and cars or pickup trucks with commercial or combination plates or business markings or advertising are prohibited on the Parkway. Buses must have a permit.

The Palisades Interstate Parkway is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, please call 201-768-1360.
Things To Do & See
State Line Lookout
Rockefeller Lookout
Alpine Lookout
Visitor's Center
State Line Lookout is a scenic overlook on the Palisades with a refreshment stand and gift shop. It is situated at the highest point on the Palisades Cliffs (elevation 527 ft.), about a mile south of the New Jersey–New York state line. The area is open every day during daylight hours only. There is no fee for parking.
Rockefeller Lookout (el. 400 feet) is a pull-off overlook in Englewood Cliffs, about 1 mile north of Parkway Exit 1, opposite Spuyten Duyvil and accessible from northbound lanes only. No restrooms or other facilities are provided. Rockefeller Lookout is open 24 hours.
Alpine Lookout (el. 430 feet) is a pull-off overlook in Alpine, about 3 miles north of Parkway Exit 1, opposite Yonkers and accessible from Parkway northbound lanes only. No restrooms or other facilities are provided. Alpine Lookout is open 24 hours.
Going our way? The Park Visitor Center (located between exits 16 and 17) sells trail and road maps, hiking and travel guides, local history and nature books, puppets, posters, film, coffee, snacks, Empire Passports, and all things Hudson Valley.For more information, call 845-786-5003.
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