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Palisades Loop

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2.9 mile 4.6 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 396' 121 m
Descent: -397' -121 m
High: 854' 260 m
Low: 702' 214 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)

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Combine multiple park trails to create a loop.

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Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Overview

A bluff-top trail with views of the river connects through the forest for a nice, quick, three miles.

Need to Know

There is parking along the river near the trailhead, along with restrooms. Cool off in the water after your hike, as long as the river isn't too high. Be aware of flood possibility in this area.

Description

This route follows a dirt path and stone steps through the river bluff and woods; in can be heavily trafficked near the parking area. In the early spring, trails can be very muddy.

Driving all the way in to the park, park along the river and find the trailhead at the north end. Take Cedar Cliff Trail north to the park boundary, turn around and come back until you reach the split to follow Cool Hollow Trail. You'll cross two park roads, and can opt to follow a loop on this trail, then head south on Woodland Trail. Follow Overlook Trail along the river north back to the parking area.

Flora & Fauna

Turkey vultures and eagles circle the river, using the bluffs to fish; abundant wildflowers and fall foliage.

History & Background

Palisades-Kepler features several old stone structures, and overlooks river bluffs popular for their fall foliage and bird-watching. Boat ramps, swimming, camping and cabins are also available.

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