We are now accepting applications for seasonal job positions for 2015. Click here for more information.
Port Authority construction work on the GW Bridge drainage system has been delayed due to weather and field conditions. Weekday closures on Henry Hudson Drive from the Edgewater park entrance to Ross Dock circle will continue until work is complete. The road should be open to cyclists and pedestrians on weekends by the end of April, and vehicles by May 1, conditions permitting. Click here for more information.
During the week of April 6, wall repair will take place on Henry Hudson Drive from the entrance to Englewood Picnic Area & Boat Basin to Dyckman Hill Road. One lane will be closed — motorists and cyclists use caution.
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. Restrooms closed for winter.|
|Alpine Boat Basin: Closed for winter.|
|Alpine Picnic Area: Open daylight hours (Kearney House closed for winter).|
|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: Closed for winter.|
|Henry Hudson Drive: Drive 1 (northern end): Closed for winter. Drive 2 (southern end): Open daylight hours. Edgewater park entrance to Ross Dock circle CLOSED to all use for GWB work. 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. Restrooms closed for winter (Port-A-Johns available).|
|State Line Lookout: Grounds open daylight hours. Lookout Inn open 9:30 AM – 5 PM.|
|Trails: Open daylight hours.|
|Undercliff Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. No restroom facilities available.|
Sidebar last updated:
March 26, 2015.
Information posted here 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.)
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 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.
- 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 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).