Welcome to the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey
Seasonal job positions for 2016 are now posted on our Employment page.
Open / Closed in the Park:
See the Parkway Police Twitter feed for updates.
|Allison Park: Open daylight hours. Restrooms closed for winter.|
|Alpine Boat Basin: Closed for winter.|
|Alpine Picnic Area: Grounds open daylight hours. Pavilion restrooms closed for winter (plaza restrooms open). Kearney House closed for winter.|
|Englewood Boat Basin: Please call 201-568-1328.|
|Englewood Picnic Area: Grounds open daylight hours. Snack Shack closed for winter.|
|Fort Lee Historic Park: Grounds open daylight hours. Metered parking (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: Floating dock removed for winter.|
|Henry Hudson Drive: Drive 1 closed for winter. Alpine Approach Road, Dyckman Hill Road, and Drive 2 open daylight hours, conditions permitting.|
|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: Grounds 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. 201-750-0465.|
|Trails: Open daylight hours.|
|Undercliff Picnic Area: Open daylight hours.|
Sidebar last updated:
February 9, 2016.
Information posted here subject to change without notice.
On the western shore of the Hudson River in northeastern New Jersey, we are part of more than 100,000 acres of parklands and historic sites in New York and New Jersey managed by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. The two states formed the Commission in 1900 to stop the defacement of the Palisades by stone quarries, which were blasting the famous cliffs for crushed stone.
The Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey is about 12 miles long, a half-mile wide, and encompasses 2,500 acres of wild Hudson River shorefront, uplands, and cliffs.
Visitors find within this park more than 30 miles of hiking and ski trails, a boat launching ramp, a scenic riverside drive, a cliff-top parkway and overlooks, riverfront picnic areas and playgrounds, a nature sanctuary, two boat basins, historic sites — and mile after mile of rugged woodlands and vistas just minutes from midtown Manhattan.
The Palisades Interstate Park is a National Historic Landmark and the Palisades are a National Natural Landmark.
Thanks to the efforts of far-thinking people over a century ago and since, the New Jersey Palisades today belong to all of us. These pages were created to help you and others enjoy this great National Landmark.
This page last updated: February 9, 2016
Recently in the park...
Above: Along the entrance road to State Line Lookout on Friday, skies cleared after a morning snowfall to provide a great view of the abandoned marina at the park’s old Forest View area. Below: Hikers met for a guided winter history hike on the “Old Closter Dock Road.”
Learning from the park...
With twelve miles of Hudson River shoreline, debris washes ashore in the park on a daily basis. Debris left on the shore as the tide recedes is called “tidewrack,” and it includes both natural debris, like branches and leaves, and trash.
After Winter Storm Jonas — which hit during the full-moon high tide at the end of January — our shoreline was inundated with tidewrack. We picked through a 37-foot cluster at Bloomer’s Beach to see what we would find in it…
It turned out that the human rubbish from this 37 feet of tidewrack included 57 plastic bottles, an aluminum can, 4 Mylar balloons, 3 tampon applicators, a boat fender, the armrest from a chair, 8 balls, a fishing bobber — and many pieces of styrofoam. What else can you find…?
Did you know…?
- If you are coming to the park by public transportation, our Directions pages have information to help you find your way here.
We now include a Google Maps link on many of our directions pages, too.
- Your group can book one of our informative off-site lecture programs, including our newest illustrated talk, “The Ghosts of Undercliff,” or our newly revised program, “Cliff Shots.” Click here for details.
- We offer staff-led guided hikes and walks for school and scout groups — click here for details.
- You can visit our online archive of stories from “Cliff Notes,” our occasional visitor letter, and read our latest story, “In Memoriam John Spring,” too.
- We offer a memorial bench program in the park. Click here for details.
- The Palisades Parks Conservancy has information about all of the parks and historic sites managed by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, in both New York and New Jersey.
- “The Snack Shack” by the entrance to Englewood Picnic Area offers a lunch, brunch, and snack menu — and is open all week during warm-weather months (closed November through April).
- Every fall, volunteers conduct a hawk watch at State Line Lookout. Visitors are always welcome — click here for more information.
- You can download our advisory for park visitors (about ticks, poison ivy, and other concerns).