Open/Closed in the Park
Subject to change without notice
The Parkway Police Twitter feed provides live updates on traffic and other conditions.
|Allison Park: Open daylight hours.|
|Alpine Boat Basin: Closed for winter.|
|Alpine Picnic Area: Open daylight hours, pavilion restrooms closed for winter.|
|Englewood Boat Basin: Please call 201 568-1328.|
|Englewood Picnic Area: Open daylight hours, restrooms closed for winter.|
|Fort Lee Historic Park: Grounds open daylight hours. Visitor Center open Wed. to Sun., 10 AM – 4:45 PM.|
|Greenbrook Sanctuary: Open daylight hours, membership required.|
|Hazard’s Dock: Closed for winter.|
|Henry Hudson Drive: Drive 1 closed for winter. Drive 2, Dyckman Hill Road, and Alpine Approach Road open daylight hours, conditions permitting.|
|The Kearney House: Closed for winter.|
|Palisades Interstate Parkway in New Jersey: Open 24 hrs.|
|Park Headquarters: Administrative offices open Mon. to Fri., 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM except on New Jersey State holidays (these days are marked on our calendar). 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 winter.|
|State Line Lookout: Grounds open daylight hours. Lookout Inn open 9:30 AM – 5 PM.|
|Trails: Open daylight hours. Restoration work on Shore Trail from Englewood Boat Basin to Ross Dock: trail is open, but hikers should use caution.
Sidebar last updated: December 11, 2013
About thirty miles of trails in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey offer opportunities for hikers ranging from easy riverside strolls to challenging rock scrambles.
Trails are open year-round during daylight hours only.
There are suggested routes, many with printouts including maps, on these pages:
Accident, fire, emergency: 201 768-6001 (please call this number before trying 911 in the park)
Perhaps because of our proximity to New York City, many first-time Palisades hikers are surprised at how rugged our trails can be. Please be prepared!
- Always tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to be back. This is just good hiking sense, no matter where you go.
- Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes that are not brand new. Ankle support is crucial, especially on the Giant Stairs. Shoes not broken in will likely cause blisters.
- Bring plenty of water (and drink it as you go). Some basic first aid supplies are always a good idea, too, as are some snacks.
- Dress or pack for all possible weather conditions predicted for that day. Layers are the wisest way to dress for the outdoors — you can add or remove as you go. We also recommend long-sleeved clothing, even in warmer weather. Poison ivy thrives on the Palisades. Ticks are common. Long clothing with a spray of repellant at the cuffs is your best defense.
- Look out for poisonous snakes. The copperhead is relatively common here, if seldom seen. Snakes tend to be shy, so watch your step — and don’t reach where you cannot see.
- Your dog is welcome to enjoy our trails with you, but must be kept on a leash at all times. Please clean up after your pet.
- The steepness and erodability of our trails make them unsuitable for bikes. Violators are subject to fine ($75, 2 pts. on license).
Click to download our advisory for park visitors (about ticks, poison ivy, and other concerns).