At this time of year, it is common to encounter what may appear to be sick, injured, or orphaned young animals in the park. Most often, these animals are fine and should be left alone!
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Open / Closed in the Park:
Alpine Approach Road south of Park Headquarters is CLOSED TO ALL USE for major road reconstruction.
Projected reopening: May 1 (weather and other factors permitting – please check back for updates).
Due to hazardous conditions, this closure will be strictly enforced. Violators are subject to summonses.
Check the Parkway Police Twitter feed for emergency updates on roads and other conditions in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey.
NOTE: THE PARK’S SPRING OPERATING SEASON BEGINS MAY 1
|Allison Park: Open daylight hours.|
|Alpine Boat Basin: Closed for season.|
|Alpine Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. No motor vehicle access until reopening of Henry Hudson Drive. All restrooms closed for season. 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 open 10 AM – 4 PM Tues. – Fri., 10 AM – 6 PM weekends (closed Mondays).|
|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: Open daylight hours.|
|Henry Hudson Drive: Edgewater park entrance to Englewood Cliffs park entrance open daylight hours. Alpine Approach Road south of Park Headquarters CLOSED TO ALL USE (projected reopening: May 1). Englewood to Alpine CLOSED TO MOTOR VEHICLES for construction (projected reopening: May 1).|
|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.|
|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. No motor vehicle access until reopening of Henry Hudson Drive.|
Last updated April 21, 2017 (subject to change without notice).
“Rachel’s Rangers” — summertime 2017 hiking adventures for children
Tuesdays in August
The historic Kearney House in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey will again sponsor “Rachel’s Rangers,” a series of summertime hiking adventures for children. These hikes are offered Tuesday mornings, and will be led by the staff of the Kearney House. The hikes, to be held “drizzle or shine,” are free with no advance registration required. Each hike will cover about 3 miles over relatively easy trails and will last about 2 hours, from 10 AM to about 12 PM. They are recommended for but not limited to children age seven and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult on all hikes. Children who complete three or more of the hikes will be awarded a certificate naming them an official “Rachel’s Ranger,” named for Rachel Kearney, who in the nineteenth century raised her family and kept a tavern at the Kearney House.
Hikers should wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, such as sneakers or hiking boots. Long-sleeved clothing is recommended for protection from poison ivy and ticks. Insect repellant and sunscreen are also recommended, and hikers should bring water to drink. If weather conditions seem questionable, participants can call 201-768-1360 and enter extension 108 on the morning of a hike to confirm.
Tues., August 1: “Cliffhanger Point” (meet at Allison Park)
Tues., August 8: “Cape Fly Away” (meet at the Kearney House)
Tues., August 15: “Who Rock” (meet at State Line Lookout)
Tues., August 22: “Fishermen’s Village”(meet at Undercliff Picnic Area)
On Tuesday, August 1, meeting at 10 AM at Allison Park in Englewood Cliffs (just south of St. Peter’s College off Hudson Terrace — click here for directions), the series kicks off with “Cliffhanger Point,” a hike to a promontory along the cliffs in Fort Lee that was made famous in silent movie days when early filmmakers shot exciting “cliff hangers” along the Palisades. Those who wish may continue on with the group to take a stroll out on the George Washington Bridge walkway and learn more about the story of the “Great Gray Bridge.”
Tuesday, August 8, hikers will explore “Cape Fly Away,” the site of a thriving riverfront community along the Hudson in the 19th century. Participants will follow old farm roads beneath the cliffs to where excursion groves bustled with city folk spending a day in the country, and to where a “bone factory” turned animal bones into fertilizer. The group will meet at the Kearney House at Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin (Alpine park entrance at PIP Exit 2 — click here for detailed directions).
On Tuesday, August 15, meeting at 10 AM at State Line Lookout in Alpine (northbound PIP opposite Exit 3 — click here for directions), will be “Who Rock.” This hike follows the Long Path along the top of the cliffs, makes a stop to visit the Women’s Federation Monument (known to some as “the castle”), and ends up at a stunning lookout point called “Who Rock.”
On Tuesday, August 22, meeting at 10 AM at Undercliff Picnic Area (PIP Exit 1 in Englewood Cliffs — click here for directions) will be “Fishermen’s Village.” Hikers will explore the mysterious ruins of Undercliff Bathhouse, built in 1922 for the crowds that swam in the river. After exploring the bathhouse, hikers will walk up into the woods to a small 19th-century graveyard and learn the story of “Fishermen’s Village,” which existed at the site before the park was created.