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Palisades Interstate Park

Fort Lee and vicinity, New Jersey
County of Bergen.
West bank of the Hudson River (also in Bergen County, NJ)
National Register Number: 66000890
Resource type: Site.
Property type: Landscape - park. The threat level was Watch in
Congressional District: NJ-5 and NY-19 Certified Local Government: NO
This NHL offers public access.
Please contact the NHL directly for visitor information.
Current use/information: Park; See www.friendsofpalisades.org.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - January 12, 1965):
The Palisades Interstate Park (PIP) represents an unusual effort by two states, New Jersey and New York, to preserve the scenic beauty of the cliffs on the lower western side of the Hudson River. The Landmark now includes over 53,000 acres, with 24 miles of shore front on the Hudson River.

The park is surrounded by dense residential, commercial, and industrial developments. Park boundaries are now vulnerable. In some cases, physical encroachment has taken place because information on boundaries is ambiguous. To compound the problem, the current Landmark boundary does not include all park elements identified as "contributing" in the NHL designation.

The Palisades Interstate Park system in New York State was recently expanded to include the approximately 18,000 acre Sterling Forest State Park, which is located southwest of Harriman State Park. The Palisades Interstate Parkway (the road running through the Park) has been renovated from the George Washington Bridge in New Jersey to Exit 10 in New York, completing 22.5 miles of the 46-miile parkway. The Commission applied for a Save America's Treasures grant in 2003 to repair and restore Bear Mountain Inn, an outstanding example of Adirondack style architecture.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
Ambiguous boundaries should be clarified. Outside tracts important to the integrity of the Landmark should be identified and included within an expanded NHL boundary; efforts should then be made to acquire such tracts. The renovation of the Palisades Interstate Parkway should be completed.

Comments and questions about the database may be directed to NHL_info@nps.gov