Open / Closed in the Park:
See the Parkway Police Twitter feed for updates.
|Allison Park: Open daylight hours.|
|Alpine Boat Basin: Gas dock open Weds. & Thu. 9 AM – 4:30 PM, Fri. to Sun. 9 AM – 5:30 PM. Closed Mon. & Tues. Gas dock is inaccessible at low spring tides (around new & full moons). 201-321-9055.|
|Alpine Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Kearney House open most weekend and holiday afternoons.|
|Englewood Boat Basin: Please contact J.M. Englewood Marina: 201-568-1328.|
|Englewood Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Snack Shack open Tues. to Thu. 10 AM – 5 PM, Fri. to Sun. 10 AM – 7 PM.|
|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: Open daylight hours|
|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 open 9:30 AM – 5 PM. 201-750-0465.|
|Trails: Open daylight hours.|
|Undercliff Picnic Area: Open daylight hours.|
Sidebar last updated:
October 3, 2016.
The information posted here is subject to change without notice.
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. (Please also check our Maps page for more information.)
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 repellent 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. These animals are important members of the natural community and are protected by law! They do not attack but will defend themselves if disturbed or cornered.
- 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 erodibility of our trails make them unsuitable for cycling. 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).
You can download some simple hike descriptions, keyed to a map and including tips for hikers, for several areas in the park:
- Click to download a hike description that begins and ends at Fort Lee Historic Park (moderate, about 5.5 mi., 2.5 hrs. round-trip).
- Click to download a hike description that begins and ends at Ross Dock Picnic Area in Fort Lee (moderate, about 4.5 mi., 2 hrs. round-trip).
- Click to download a hike description that begins and ends at Englewood Picnic Area in Englewood Cliffs (moderate, about 4.5 mi., 2 hrs. round-trip).
- Click to download the “Cape Fly Away” hike description, which begins and ends at Alpine Picnic Area (moderate, about 3 mi., 1.5 hrs. round-trip).
- Click to download the “Peanut Leap Cascade” (moderate, about 2.5 mi., 2 hrs. round-trip) and “Giant Stairs” (challenging, about 4 mi., 3 hrs. round-trip) hike descriptions, both of which begin and end at State Line Lookout.
There are more suggested routes, many with printouts including maps, on these pages: