I stopped here at the end of a 4.1 mile hike on the AT that started at Seven Lakes Drive in Harriman State Park.
The Palisades Parkway Visitor Center and Book Store is the only bookstore in the area located on an island in the middle of a parkway!
Officially the Palisades Interstate Parkway Commission Visitor Center, “The Book Store” is located between Exits 16 and 17 on the center island of the Palisades Interstate Parkway.
The Palisades Parkway Visitor Center sells trail and road maps (including the complete set of hiking trail maps and bike trails from the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference); travel guides, nature books, plush animals, posters, snacks, coffee, NY state fishing licenses, Empire Passports, and more!
The Visitor Center is open every day from 8am-6pm, from the second Sunday in March to the first Saturday in November. From November to mid-March, it’s open from 8am-5pm. It’s closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s days. Call ahead (845-786-5003) during snowy days to make sure it’s open; they are occasionally closed on snow days.