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Palisades Interstate Park is located on the banks of the Hudson River in the state of New Jersey. Running for 12 miles down the western shore, the park is a buzz of activity throughout the year, providing a welcome slice of green space for the many city dwellers that surround it. The landscape is made up of 2,500 of the wild Hudson River Shoreline, with beautiful uplands and cliffs.
People come from all over the state to rent a camper in Bergen County as you get the best of both worlds. A beautiful natural landscape on the banks of a scenic river while still only being a short drive into one of the most incredible cities in the world, New York, NY. Other nearby towns include Stamford and Edison, NJ, plus there are plenty of places where you can set up camp and make a vacation out of the trip.
Palisades Interstate Park contains over 30 miles of hiking and ski trails, with two main trails making up the majority of the trail system. The Long Path is one of the main trails and travels along the top of the cliffs, offering great views of the river below. The Shore Trail is the other main trails in the park, and as the name suggests, runs below the cliffs along the shore of the river. There are five smaller trails that connect the Long Trail to the Shore Trail, which offer New York campers the ability to swap between the two.
Boating on the Hudson River offers a great escape from city life. There is a boat ramp located within the park that can be used for jet skis, registered trailer towed boats, and canoes, and kayaks. Canoes and kayaks are also able to be launched from the beach areas along the shores. Boating is a beautiful way to spend the day if you rent a camper near Palisades Interstate State Park, offering a different way to explore the shoreline, with a backdrop of city skyscrapers.
Fishing and crabbing are allowed along the seawall and shoreline of the river, including the picnic areas and along the shore trail. Common fish species caught include striped bass, catfish, eels, white perch, tomcod, and blue clawed crab. After a day fishing, visitors are able to enjoy a bite to eat in one of the large four large picnic areas. Grills are provided in the picnic areas, making them a great place for a BBQ with friends before heading back to an RV rental, especially thanks to the surrounding scenic views.
One of the closest state park RV campgrounds to Palisades Interstate Park is located in Beaver Pond State Park. The campground here offers both tent and trailer sites, as well as space for larger vehicles. Each campsite comes with a picnic table and a fire ring, and on-site, you'll find clean and modern comfort stations, showers, laundry facilities, and a dumping station.
Another campground that's close by is Liberty Harbor RV Park. This RV park is better suited to those that would prefer to go motorhome camping closer to the city and urban life. The sites are open all year round, with easy access to Manhattan. There are 50 sites available that come with electricity and water hook-ups. There is WiFi on-site as well as a dump station, full restrooms, and hot showers. There is also a restaurant and bar on-site for those that don't want to cook for themselves. Located right next to the harbor marina, it offers a very unique camping experience.
When it comes to things to do in the area, you have the city of New York on your doorstep, so the options are near enough endless. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is famous all over the world, charting 5000 years of applied and fine arts from across the globe. You could spend a whole day wandering around the galleries and still not make a dent in the vast amount of art that's on display here. You'll be able to see Egyptian Mummies, Moorish Textiles, Chinese Calligraphy, and so much more.
The iconic symbol New York is the Empire State Building and is often considered a must-see on any visit to the city. The roof of this Art Deco tower reached more than 1,200 feet above the street and standing up on the viewing platform, you'll be greeted with incredible views of the city and beyond. Before you reach the viewing tower, you'll first have to brave the lift up to the 86th floor, and then on the 102nd floor; there is an indoor observatory. Be sure to check out the opulence of the Art Deco lobby when you enter the building and learn the history of the tower before you step out onto the viewing gallery.
When in town, why not spend an evening checking out one of the many shows on Broadway. One of the world's leading theater districts, there is something for everyone. There are more than 41 venues in the area, all of which are on or within a few blocks of Times Square. Three ever-present productions include The Lion King, Chicago, and Phantom of the Opera, but there are so many others to choose from, with new shows being introduced to the district all the time.