You’ll find many marvelous things hiding along the Palisades, most notably a private wildlife sanctuary (Greenbrook Sanctuary) and a castle-like monument to the Women’s Federation. I recently came across something new that delighted my fancy. Near Alpine, there are ruins of a once splendid manor.

This short hike is truly spectacular, and the ruins are incredible to see. Be sure to use caution and common sense, however. For more photos of the ruins, visit:, and to learn more about the history of Cliff Dale, visit A special thank you goes to the Palisade Interstate Park Commission, for letting me use their photo of the manor. You’ll be right by the haunted Devil’s Tower in Alpine while you’re in the area, and it’s worth checking out as well.

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