New Jersey Palisades


Also known as the Hudson Palisades or simply the Palisades, the New Jersey Palisades are a series of steep cliffs along the west side of the lower Hudson River, stretching about 20 miles between Jersey City and Nyack, New York.


The cliffs form a dramatic canyon along the Hudson north of the George Washington Bridge, providing sweeping vistas of the cliffs, river and skyline. Rising about 300 feet above the water line at Weehawken, the cliffs increase to 540 feet at their tallest point. Among the most dramatic geologic attractions in New York City, the cliffs were formed 200 million years ago by the intrusion of molten magma upward into softened sandstone, which cooled and solidified, leaving behind the unique columnar structure that exists today.


North of Fort Lee, The Palisades are part of Palisades Interstate Park and are a National Natural Landmark. On May 12, 2012, a 10,000 ton rockfall just south of the state line left a 520-foot (160 m) scar on the cliffs.


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