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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!
Injured Animal Information
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Open / Closed in the Park:

Memorial Day Weekend Information

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29
See below for information on park operations during the holiday weekend, or click here for a summary.

Updated: May 26, 2017

Fees Notice
Parking fee collection begins Memorial Day weekend at picnic areas and boat basins.

Allison Park: Open daylight hours.
Alpine Boat Basin: Gas dock open Thu, 9 AM – 4:30 PM | Fri to Sun, 9 AM – 5:30 PM | closed Mon, Tue, Wed. Parking fee $5 (cash only) weekends & holidays.

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Alpine park entrance only.
Mon, May 29: Gas dock OPEN.

Alpine Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Parking fee $5 (cash only) weekends & holidays. Kearney House open most weekend and holiday afternoons.

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Alpine park entrance only.

Englewood Boat Basin: Please contact J.M. Englewood Marina: 201-568-1328. Parking fee $5 (cash only) Fri–Tue.

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Englewood Cliffs park entrance only.

Englewood Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Parking fee $5 (cash only) Fri–Tue. Snack Shack open Tue to Fri, 10 AM – 4 PM | Sat & Sun, 10 AM – 6 PM | closed Mon. (Regular parking fee applies for Snack Shack customers.)

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Englewood Cliffs park entrance only.

Fort Lee Historic Park: Grounds open daylight hours. Metered parking 7 days (click here for rates). Visitor Center open Weds. to Sun., 10 AM – 4:45 PM.
Greenbrook Sanctuary: Open daylight hours (membership required).
Hazard’s Ramp: Open daylight hours. Parking fees (cash only) Fri–Tue $20 for trailer launch, $10 for car-top launch.

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Englewood Cliffs park entrance only.

Henry Hudson Drive: Open daylight hours.

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Edgewater park entrance to Ross Dock circle + Undercliff Picnic Area to Alpine circle CLOSED to vehicles.

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. Parking fees (cash only) $10 weekends & holidays, $5 Mon, Tue, Fri.

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Englewood Cliffs park entrance only.

State Line Lookout: Grounds open daylight hours. Lookout Inn (State Line Café & bookshop) open 7 days, 9:30 AM – 5 PM.
Trails: Open daylight hours.

Ongoing Project
ONGOING: Intermittent closures on Shore Trail from Englewood to Ross Dock for construction.

Undercliff Picnic Area: Open daylight hours (no parking fee).

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Englewood Cliffs park entrance only.

*Scheduled maintenance closures are subject to change due to weather and other factors.

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Check the Parkway Police Twitter feed for emergency updates on roads and other conditions in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey.

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.


View from offshore looking north at the Giant Stairs Bathing beach in the new park, circa 1915 Stone benches on the Shore Trail by DuPont Dock

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.

The Long Path and Shore Trail are National Recreation Trails.

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.

Park Brochure.

Click to download our park brochure. Click here to download other park maps (including maps that are more printer- and mobile device-friendly than the full-size brochure).


Recently in the park...

Volunteers from the Chinese Mountain Club

Above, volunteers from the Chinese Mountain Club help clear brush and pick litter along the Shore Trail. Below, a mother eagle feeds her offspring. After nearly disappearing from most of the United States, in 2007 the American bald eagle, thanks to conservation efforts and environmental protections, was removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species and is once again flourishing across the nation — including here in the Palisades. Bottom, our “Flower Moon Beach Campfire” gets underway at the beach in front of Alpine Pavilion.

Hooked on the Hudson 2017 Hooked on the Hudson 2017

Completed reconstructin on Alpine Approach Road


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.

116 bread bag clips 40 bread bag ties 66 flattened beer bottle caps. 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).

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.”


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