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Open / Closed in the Park:

Road Closed
Alpine Approach Road south of Park Headquarters is CLOSED TO ALL USE from Monday, February 27, for approx. 6–8 weeks for major road reconstruction.

WARNING!
Due to hazardous conditions, this closure will be strictly enforced. Violators are subject to summonses.

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Allison Park: Open daylight hours. Restrooms closed for season.
Alpine Boat Basin: Closed for season.
Alpine Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. No vehicle access until reopening of Henry Hudson Drive. Pavilion restrooms closed for season (parking plaza restrooms remain open). Kearney House closed for season. 
Englewood Boat Basin: Please contact J.M. Englewood Marina: 201-568-1328.
Englewood Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Snack Shack closed for season.
Fort Lee Historic Park: Grounds open daylight hours. Metered parking (year-round, click here for rates). Visitor Center open Weds. to Sun., 10 AM – 4:45 PM. 201-461-1776.
Greenbrook Sanctuary: Open daylight hours (membership required). 201-784-0484.
Hazard’s Ramp: Closed for season.
Henry Hudson Drive: Due to recent winter storm, all riverfront park areas remain CLOSED TO VEHICLES through the weekend of Mar. 18–19. Alpine Approach Road south of Park Headquarters CLOSED TO ALL USE from Monday, February 27, for approx. 6–8 weeks. Englewood to Alpine closed to motor vehicles for season.
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. 201-768-1360. Parkway Police desk staffed at all times: 201-768-6001. Click here for Court information.
Ross Dock Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Restrooms closed for season (Port-A-Johns available).
State Line Lookout: Grounds open daylight hours. Lookout Inn (State Line Cafe & bookshop) open 9:30 AM – 5 PM. 201-750-0465.
Trails: Open daylight hours. Trail construction with intermittent closures on the Shore Trail between Ross Dock and Englewood.
Undercliff Picnic Area: Open daylight hours.

Sidebar last updated: March 22, 2017.
The information posted here is subject to change without notice.

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Upcoming guided hikes in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey


Throughout the year, the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey — stretching for twelve miles along the Hudson River and wtih over 30 miles of trails — offers guided hiking tours for varied interests and ability levels. Guided hikes are free and open to all, and advance registration is NOT needed.

High Gutter Point.

Sun, Mar. 26: “Clinton Point
Guided hike with Eric Nelsen. Meet 10 AM at the entrance to Englewood Picnic Area & Boat Basin. About 8 mi., 5 hrs., moderate. Bring lunch. For more information: 201-768-1360 ext. 108.

Sat, Apr. 8: “Peanut Leap Cascade
History hike with Eric Nelsen. Meet 10 AM at State Line Lookout in Alpine. About 3 mi., 2 hrs., moderate. For more information: 201-768-1360 ext. 108.

Tues, Apr. 11: “Pink Moon Hike
Guided hike with Christina Fehre. Meet 7:30 PM at State Line Lookout in Alpine. About 2.5 mi., 1.5 hrs., easy. Bring a flashlight. For more information: 201-615-9226.

Sat, May 13: “The Giant Stairs
Guided hike & rock scramble with Christina Fehre. Meet 10 AM at State Line Lookout in Alpine. About 3 mi., 3 hrs., challenging. Experienced hikers only. For more information: 201-615-9226.

Sun, May 14: “Mother’s Day Hike to the Womens Monument
History hike with Eric Nelsen. Meet 11 AM at Park Headquarters in Alpine. About 4 mi., 2 hrs., easy. For more information: 201-768-1360 ext. 108.

Sat, May 20: “Geology Rocks!
Children’s hike with Christina Fehre. Meet 11 AM by the entrance to Englewood Picnic Area & Boat Basin. About 2 mi., 2 hrs., easy. For age 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information: 201-615-9226.

Sat, Jun. 3: “National Trails Day: Construction History of the NJ Palisades Trails
Guided hike with Christina Fehre & the Trail Crew. Meet 9:30 AM at Ross Dock Picnic Area in Fort Lee. About 4 mi., 3 hrs., moderate. For more information: 201-615-9226.

Fri, Jun. 9: “Strawberry Moon Hike
Guided hike with Christina Fehre. Meet 8:30 PM by the entrance to Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin. About 3 mi., 2 hrs., easy. Bring a flashlight. For more information: 201-615-9226.

Tues, Jun. 20: “Solstice Hike
Guided hike with Eric Nelsen. Meet 7 PM at the Kearney House at Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin. About 5 mi., 2 hrs., moderate. Bring a flashlight. For more information: 201-768-1360 ext. 108.

Guided hikes are held “drizzle or shine” — heavy or steady precipitation or icy trail conditions may cancel. If in doubt, please call the contact number in the hike description to confirm.

Hike descriptions show an approximate round-trip distance (mi.) and time (hrs.) and a rating provided by the hike leaders: Easy hikes should be suitable for most hikers, including those with little or no hiking experience. Moderate hikes traverse more rugged terrain and slopes, at a pace some may find difficult. Challenging hikes are best for experienced hikers.

FOR ALL HIKES, hikers should wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water to drink. Long-sleeved clothing is recommended for protection against poison ivy and ticks.

Our hiking trails are open 365 days a year. Check our Hiking pages for information about hiking in the park on your own, including tips for hikers and suggested routes.


 

“Clinton Point”

On Sunday morning, March 26, historical interpreter Eric Nelsen will lead an eight-mile hike centered around the Palisades prominence known as Clinton Point. Nelsen will meet hikers at 10 AM by the entrance to the park’s Englewood Picnic Area & Boat Basin, accessible from the Englewood Cliffs park entrance (continuation of Palisade Avenue, at Palisades Interstate Parkway Exit 1 — click here for detailed directions). The group will start with a climb to the top of the Palisades and then head north along the summit, stopping to admire the views from several natural vistas, including the hike’s namesake point, which corresponds roughly with the top of Tenafly’s East Clinton Avenue. The group will then descend back to the river on the old Huyler Landing farm road, and return along the shore, passing the sites of former fishing villages and bathing beaches along the way. The route traverses some relatively steep slopes and is rated moderate. The hike should take about five hours to complete, and hikers should wear sturdy shoes and bring a lunch and water with them.

Early spring view from the Clinton Point area of the Long Path.

To confirm on the morning of the hike if weather seems questionable, please call 201-768-1360 and enter extension 108.

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“Peanut Leap Cascade”

On Saturday morning, April 8, historical interpreter Eric Nelsen will lead a tour to one of the most pictuesque spots in the Palisades Interstate Park — and one with a fascinating historical connection. Nelsen will meet hikers at 10 AM at State Line Lookout in Alpine, accessible to motorists from the northbound Palisades Interstate Parkway near Exit 3, or to pedestrians and cyclists from Old Route 9W (click here for detailed directions). The hikers will follow the Long Path from the summit of the Palisades, along the way passing the State Line Monument and some sweeping views of the Hudson. The group will then follow a mountain stream to where it plunges to the Hudson at a waterfall known as Peanut Leap Cascade. At the base of the cascade are anicient-looking ruins. The ruins were part of an “Italian Garden” designed around the turn of the twentieth century by the artist Mary Lawrence–Tonetti, whose family owned an estate at nearby Snedens Landing. Nelsen will share the story of the ruins with the group, as well as some of the other rich historical associations of the area.

At about 3 mi. round-trip distance the hike is relatively short, and should take only about two hours to complete, but it does include some relatively steep slopes and is rated moderate. Hikers should wear sturdy shoes and bring water with them.

Peanut Leap Cascade Mary Lawrence-Tonetti at her pergola, c. 1940.

To confirm on the morning of the hike if weather seems questionable, please call 201-768-1360 and enter extension 108.

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“Pink Moon Hike”

On Tuesday evening, April 11, Christina Fehre, director of Trails and Outdoor Programs for the park, will lead a guided night hike meeting at 7:30 PM at State Line Lookout in Alpine, accessible to motorists from the northbound Palisades Interstate Parkway near Exit 3, or to pedestrians and cyclists from Old Route 9W (click here for detailed directions). The hike will cover a round-trip distance of about 2.5 miles in around 1.5 hours and is rated easy by the hike leader. Participants should bring flashlights.

For more information about this hike, please call 201-615-9226.

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“The Giant Stairs”

On Saturday, May 13, Christina Fehre, director of Trails and Outdoor Programs for the park, will lead a guided hike and rock scramble on the most challenging hiking route in the 12-mile park. Hikers will mee at 10 AM at State Line Lookout in Alpine, accessible to motorists from the northbound Palisades Interstate Parkway near Exit 3, or to pedestrians and cyclists from Old Route 9W (click here for detailed directions). From the summit of the Palisades, over 500 feet above the Hudson, the group will descend to river level and then venture across a mile-long boulder field beneath the cliffs that is named “The Giant Stairs.” This part of the hike includes long sections where hikers will need to scramble rather than just hike, using their hands as well as their feet as they cross from large boulder to large boulder. After crossing the boulder field, another steep trail will take the group back up to the summit. The hike will cover a round-trip distance of about 4 miles in around 3 hours and is rated challenging by the hike leader. The hike is open to experienced hikers only.

Hiking the Giant Stairs. Hiking the Giant Stairs. Hiking the Giant Stairs.

For more information about this hike, please call 201-615-9226.

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“Mother’s Day Hike to the Women’s Monument”

For Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14, historical interpreter Eric Nelsen will lead a guided hike to a trailside monument on the summit of the Palisades that honors the role that women played over a century ago in preserving the great cliffs. Nelsen will meet hikers at 11 AM at Park Headquarters in Alpine, accessible from the Park’s Alpine entrance at PIP Exit 2 (click here for detailed directions). The route will take hikers along relatively easy trails that afford several excellent vistas on the way to the “castle”-like monument placed 500 feet above the river in 1929, to acknowledge how members of the New Jersey State Federation led the succussful effort to close massive stone quarries that had been devastating the Palisades scenery, and allow for the creation of a unique Interstate Park system.

The round-trip distance is about 4 miles and should take about 2 hours to complete.

A stop at the Women’s Federation Monument. The Women's Federation Monument is a stop on the New Jersey Women's Heritage Trail

To confirm on the morning of the hike if weather seems questionable, please call 201-768-1360 and enter extension 108.

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“Geology Rocks!”

On Saturday, May 20, Christina Fehre, director of Trails and Outdoor Programs for the park, will lead a guided hike for children meeting at 11 AM by the entrance to Englewood Picnic Area & Boat Basin, accessible from the park’s Englewood Cliffs entrance at PIP Exit 1 (click here for detailed directions). The hike will cover a round-trip distance of about 2 miles in around 2 hours and is rated easy by the hike leader. Suggested for children age five and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information about this hike, please call 201-615-9226.

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“National Trails Day: Construction History of the NJ Palisades Trails”

On Saturday, June 3, Christina Fehre and the park’s Trail Crew will lead a guided hike meeting at 9:30 AM at Ross Dock Picnic Area in Fort Lee, accessible from the park’s Edgewater or Englewood Cliffs entrances (click here for detailed directions). The hike will cover a round-trip distance of about 4 miles in around 3 hours and is rated moderate by the hike leaders.

There is a $10 per car parking fee (cash only) in effect at Ross Dock. For more information about this hike, please call 201-615-9226.

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“Strawberry Moon Hike”

On Friday evening, June 9, Christina Fehre, director of Trails and Outdoor Programs for the park, will lead a guided night hike meeting at 8:30 PM by the entrance to Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin, accessible from the park’s Alpine entrance at PIP Exit 2 (click here for detailed directions). The hike will cover a round-trip distance of about 3 miles in around 2 hours and is rated easy by the hike leader. Participants should bring flashlights.

For more information about this hike, please call 201-615-9226.

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“Solstice Hike”

On Tuesday evening, June 20, Eric Nelsen will lead a guided hike meeting at 7 PM at the Kearney House at Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin, accessible from the park’s Alpine entrance at PIP Exit 2 (click here for detailed directions). The hike will cover a round-trip distance of about 5 miles in around 2 hours and is rated moderate by the hike leader. Participants should bring flashlights.

Solstice Hike.

To confirm on the afternoon of the hike if weather seems questionable, please call 201-768-1360 and enter extension 108.

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