Welcome to the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey
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).
On the western shore of the Hudson River in northeastern New Jersey, we are part of more than 100,000 acres of parks and historic sites that the Palisades Interstate Park Commission manages for New York and New Jersey. The two states formed the Commission in 1900 to stop the destruction of the Palisades by stone quarries, which were blasting the famous cliffs for crushed stone.
Our album page has galleries of the Palisades as a National Natural Landmark, as a National Historic Landmark — and as seen by our visitors.
The Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey is about twelve miles long and half a mile wide, containing 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. The Palisades Cliffs 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: April 20, 2017
Recently in the park...
Above, reconstruction work begins on Alpine Approach Road, rebuilding a section damaged initially by a major rockfall in December 2005. The Approach Road will remain CLOSED TO ALL USE until this project is completed. (Projected reopening is May 1, weather and other factors permitting — please check back for updates.) Below, park staff puts the finishing touches on a new map for hikers at State Line Lookout, as we continue to gear up for spring.
Learning from the park...
Sometimes it’s the little stuff that adds up. From one typical weekend this summer at Ross Dock Picnic Area in Fort Lee, five of our Operations staff members collected 116 bread bag clips, 40 bread bag ties, 66 flattened beer bottle caps, and 52 soda can tabs.
Other things that were collected that weekend included Snapple caps, plastic bottle caps, plastic cap ring seals, 688 plastic water bottle caps, your standard plastic bags, napkins, paper plates and plastic cups, plastic dinner ware, balloons, etc, … and 649 beer bottle caps (even though alcohol is prohibited in the park).
Park staff and volunteers spend hundreds of hours a year collecting litter. If litter were not an issue, those hours could be used for other beautification and maintenance projects. Click here for more “Learning from the Park.”
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. 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, “On the Drive,” 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 & Boat Basin offers a lunch, brunch, and snack menu during warm-weather months (closed November through April). Regular parking fee applies for Snack Shack patrons.
- 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).