Fort Lee Historic Park
Fort Lee and Palisades Park are a great destination for a day trip. There is something for everyone:
- Educational: Visitor center packed with interesting historical information about the Revolutionary War.
- Kid Friendly: Reconstructed Revolutionary War encampment is great for kids to play on.
- Scenic views: There are lovely views from Fort Lee park – very romantic
- Walk to Palisades Park trails: Beautiful nature walk.
Fort Lee Historic Park is a 33-acre cliff-top park area with scenic overlooks, a reconstructed Revolutionary War encampment, and a Visitor Center. The entrance to Fort Lee Historic Park is on Hudson Terrace immediately south of the George Washington Bridge (directions).
Admission to the Historic Park is free; a parking fee of $5 is charged on weekends & holidays in season and for special events (cash only).
Fort Lee found its place in American history during the 1776 British campaign to control New York City and the Hudson River.
Having resisted the British siege of Boston, George Washington turned his attention to the defense of New York City and the Hudson River Valley. Besides constructing fortifications at New York and Long Island, Washington felt it imperative for the army to build and strengthen its defenses along the Hudson River.
The British plan, meanwhile, was to control the length of the Hudson with the overwhelming dominance of its Royal Navy. This plan, if successful, would split the Colonies in half — bringing an early end to the American rebellion…more
Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey
The Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey is about 12 miles long, a half-mile wide, and encompasses 2,500 acres of wild Hudson River shorefront, uplands, and cliffs.
Within this park you will find more than 30 miles of hiking and ski trails, a boat launching ramp, a scenic riverside drive, a cliff-top parkway and overlooks, riverfront picnic areas and playgrounds, a nature sanctuary, two boat basins, historic sites — and mile after mile of rugged woodlands and vistas just minutes from midtown Manhattan.
The Palisades Interstate Park is a National Historic Landmark and the Palisades are a National Natural Landmark.
The Long Path and Shore Trail are National Recreation Trails…more
The trail is clearly marked and easy to follow.