Welcome to the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey
We are now accepting applications for seasonal job positions for 2015. Click here for more information.
Please be kind to our wildlife!
This time of year, park visitors will sometimes encounter what seem to be injured or abandoned young animals.
Most often, these animals are fine and should be left alone.
Click here for more information.
Check the Parkway Police Twitter feed for current updates for the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey.
Open / Closed in the Park:
|Allison Park: Open daylight hours.|
|Alpine Boat Basin: Open for season.|
|Alpine Picnic Area: Open daylight hours (Kearney House open most weekend and holiday afternoons).|
|Englewood Boat Basin: Please call 201-568-1328.|
|Englewood Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Port-A-Johns only.|
|Fort Lee Historic Park: Grounds open daylight hours. Visitor Center open Weds. to Sun., 10 AM – 4:45 PM. $5 parking fee, weekends & holidays.|
|Greenbrook Sanctuary: Open daylight hours (membership required).|
|Hazard’s Ramp: Open daylight hours.|
|Henry Hudson Drive: Drive 1 (northern end): Closed for winter. Drive 2 (southern end): Open daylight hours. Due to GW Bridge work, Edgewater park entrance to Ross Dock circle CLOSED to all use on weekdays. Open on weekends, conditions permitting. Click here for more information.|
|Palisades Interstate Parkway in New Jersey: Open 24 hrs.|
|Park Headquarters: Administrative offices open Mon. to Fri., 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM except New Jersey State holidays. Parkway Police desk staffed at all times: 201-768-6001. Click here for Court information.
|Ross Dock Picnic Area: Open daylight hours.|
|State Line Lookout: Grounds open daylight hours. Lookout Inn open 9:30 AM – 5 PM weekdays, 6 PM Sat. & Sun.|
|Trails: Open daylight hours.|
|Undercliff Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. No restroom facilities available.|
Sidebar last updated:
May 6, 2015.
Information posted here subject to change without notice.
On the western shore of the Hudson River in Bergen County, New Jersey, we are part of more than 100,000 acres of parklands and historic sites in New York and New Jersey managed by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. The two states formed the Commission in 1900 to stop the defacement of the Palisades by stone quarries, which were blasting the famous cliffs into crushed stone.
The Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey is about 12 miles long, a half-mile wide, and encompasses 2,500 acres of wild Hudson River shorefront, uplands, and cliffs.
Visitors find within this park more than 30 miles of hiking and ski trails, a boat launching ramp, a scenic riverside drive, a cliff-top parkway and overlooks, riverfront picnic areas and playgrounds, a nature sanctuary, two boat basins, historic sites — and mile after mile of rugged woodlands and vistas just minutes from midtown Manhattan.
The Palisades Interstate Park is a National Historic Landmark and the Palisades are a National Natural Landmark.
Thanks to the efforts of far-thinking people over a century ago and since, the New Jersey Palisades today belong to all of us. These pages were created to help you and others enjoy this great National Landmark.
This page last updated: May 6, 2015
Recently in the park...
Above, visitors enjoyed a picture-perfect spring weekend in the park along the Shore Trail, while a Hudson River Barn Dance was held for the public at Alpine Pavilion. Below, a Spring Moon Bonfire on the beach at Alpine rounded out the weekend.
Did you know…?
- If you are coming to the park by public transportation, our Directions pages have information to help you find your way here.
We also now include a Google Maps link on many of our directions pages, to make it easier for everyone to get around in the park.
- We offer staff-led guided hikes for school and scout groups — click here for details.
- Your group can book our illustrated talk, “The Unknown Palisades: A Slideshow through Time,” or one of our other informative off-site programs. Click here for details.
- We offer a memorial bench program in the park. Click here for details.
- We post featured stories from “Cliff Notes,” our park visitor letter — including the most recent story, “Camp Colony” — here at njpalisades.org.
- The Palisades Parks Conservancy has information about all of the parks and historic sites managed by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, in both New York and New Jersey.
- You can download our advisory for park visitors (about ticks, poison ivy, and other concerns).
- Every fall, volunteers conduct a hawk watch at State Line Lookout. Visitors are always welcome — click here for more information.