Hike the Dyckman Hill/Huyler's Landing Loop

Rate this Adventure Undercliff Picnic Area

This is a nice long loop hike of 9 miles with great views of the Hudson River and historic stone ruins.

There is two ways to access this loop hike.  The first is from the Englewood Picnic area just off Exit 1 from the Palisades Interstate Parkway.  Parking here requires a fee of $5 May through September. The second is to drive past the Englewood Picnic area turnoff on Henry Hudson Drive and continue until you reach the Undercliff Picnic Area.  I prefer the latter because of the free parking and shaded parking area.

From the Undercliff Parking area, walk down the fire road path a short way to the Hudson River and ruins of an old stone bathhouse built by the park service in 1922. There was a large community that lived on the shores of the Hudson River during this time. It is fun to explore this and has some good photo opportunities. There is a large grass field in front of the structure right to the bank of the Hudson. A small sand beach still exists.

The Shore Trail passes through these ruins.  Start the loop going south on the Shore Trail.  After about about 1 mile you will reach the Englewood Picnic area and you can pick up the Dyckman Hill trail along Dyckman Road.  The route is marked with yellow markers and follows the road mostly until you reach the Long Path.

Once you reach the Long Path, turn right. This section of the loop is 4 miles long and has some of the best view points along the way. Some of the view points include Rockefeller Lookout, Clinton Point and High Torn. The trail runs parallel to the Palisades Interstate Parkway and occasionally the trail leaves the trees and runs along the grass side shoulder of the highway.

After the 4 miles, you reach Huyler's Landing Trail.  Turn right and hike downhill .6 miles until you reach the Shore Trail.  Turn right again and follow the Shore Trail for another 3 miles until you reach the Bath House ruins and the Undercliff parking area. 

Pack List

  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Water
  • Snack/food
  • Map
  • Camera
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RT Distance 9 Miles
Elevation Gain 980 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Loop
Features
Beach
Forest
River
Scenic

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