Hudson River (at Alpine Boat Basin)

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07620 Alpine , NJ 40° 56' 13.29" N, 73° 55' 37.7904" W

Description from Hudson River Watertrail Guide: "A prominent landing on the NJ Shore lies below the Palisades cliffs, with a small beach at the north end. A boat basin and public picnic area, with water, toilets and telephone, operated by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. Refreshments in season. Of historical interest is the Blackridge-Kearney House built 1750. Local legend is that the house served as HQ of British Gen. Cornwallis after he snuck across the river with troops in Nov. 1776 to attack the Continental Army at Fort Lee. Recent research suggest the military operation actually took place 1.5 miles further south. HQ or not, the house is notable as a most unusual monumentis is an historic shrine to an enemy general."

More info on the park, call 201-768-1360 or see website below.

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Launching considerations / restrictions:: 

Strong tidal currents are possible.

Park is day use only facility.

80 yard carry to launch site beach at closest automobile access point.

Launch closed in Winter. See Palisades Interstate Park website below.

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Driving Directions: 
  • NJ Turnpike / I-95 North Eastern Spur toward George Washington Bridge to exit 72 (US-9W / Pallisades Interstate Parkway / Fort Lee). Exit is before GW bridge.
  • Follow signage to Pallisades Parkway North to exit 2 (US-9W / Alpine / Closter).
  • Stay straight off the exit, passing Park Headquarters on the left.
  • Follow the long, narrow road downhill.
  • When almost at the river, go 3/4 way around the small circle, then continue the rest of the way down the hill to the entrance to the parking area.
Launch Area: 
Parking Situation: 
Large Parking area. $5 car entrance fee in season (2009).
Launch Area Surface: 
Change Area
Rest Rooms
Trash Receptacle