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Palisades Interstate Park - State Line Lookout

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Palisades Interstate Parkway North
PO Box 155, Alpine, NJ 07620
Phone: (201) 768-1360

OWNER:  Palisades Interstate Park Commission

DIRECTIONS:  Exit parking lot. Turn Right onto River Road. After 1/2 mile turn Right at second light following signs for Route 4 East. Follow signs for Exit 72/Route 9W North/Fort Lee/Palisades Parkway. After 4.1 miles, take exit 72, stay to Left on ramp, and turn Left at traffic light onto Fletcher Avenue/9W. Proceed straight staying in Right lane. After 3 traffic lights follow signs for Palisades Parkway North on your Right. After approximately 10 miles, exit Right for State Line Lookout.   Map
ACCESS AND PARKING:  Open daily from dawn to dusk. May close for inclement weather. Some roads may be closed during winter months. Parking available onsite. Please review park regulations on their website before visiting the park. Beware of copperhead snakes which are venomous. Keep your distance and do not attempt to handle them.

NEAREST PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:  Rockland Coaches’ Red and Tan Bus Line No. 9 runs along Route 9W in New Jersey. Visit their website for more information: www.coachusa.com/rockland/. Also check the Park’s website for public transportation alternatives.

Cooper's Hawk
Cooper's HawkKevin Karlson
SITE DESCRIPTION:  State Line Lookout is in the northern section of Palisades Interstate Park, less than a mile south of the New York State border. The site offers astounding views of the Hudson River and Westchester County, New York from the highest point along the Hudson Palisades, 532 feet above the river. The expansive views and updrafts created by the steep Palisades cliffs make this site ideal for raptors and raptor watching.

DON'T MISS:  Don’t miss the fall raptor migration. State Line Lookout is one of 14 official hawk-counting sites in New Jersey. It is sponsored by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission and the Hawk Migration Association of North America. Several days a week during the fall months, an experienced raptor-watcher is at the Lookout counting and identifying all of the 14 species of hawks and two species of vultures that pass through on their southward migration. Data gathered at this site is shared with others as part of a nation-wide effort to monitor the health and well-being of birds of prey. As September approaches check their website for more details. Fall is also a great time for warbler migration, which is best experienced by walking one of the many trails. Look for Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Blue and Black-throated Green Warblers. Any time of year, however, the Lookout is a great place to take a break, enjoy the views, and learn about the history of the Palisades.

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