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Please be kind to our wildlife!
This time of year, park visitors will sometimes encounter what seem to be injured or abandoned young animals.
Most often, these animals are fine and should be left alone.
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Open / Closed in the Park:
|Allison Park: Open daylight hours.|
|Alpine Boat Basin: Gas dock open Weds. & Thurs, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Fri., Sat. & Sun., 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM.|
|Alpine Picnic Area: Grounds open daylight hours. Parking fee (cash only): $5 weekends & holidays. Kearney House open most weekend & holiday afternoons. Refreshment stand open weekends & holidays, 10 AM – 5 PM.|
|Englewood Boat Basin: Please call 201-568-1328.|
|Englewood Picnic Area: Grounds open daylight hours. Parking fee (cash only): $5.|
|Fort Lee Historic Park: Grounds open daylight hours. Visitor Center open Weds. to Sun., 10 AM – 4:45 PM.|
|Greenbrook Sanctuary: Open daylight hours, membership required.|
|Hazard’s Ramp: Open daylight hours. Launch fee (cash only): $20 trailer, $10 car-top boat. Sun., Jun. 7: Area closed to the public until early afternoon.|
|Henry Hudson Drive: Open daylight hours. Edgewater park entrance to Ross Dock circle closed to all use on weekdays. 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: Grounds open daylight hours. Parking fee (cash only): $10 weekends & holidays, $5 weekdays. Refreshment stand open weekends & holidays, 10 AM – 5 PM. Sun., Jun. 7: Area closed to the public until early afternoon.|
|State Line Lookout: Grounds open daylight hours. Lookout Inn open 9:30 AM – 5 PM weekdays, 9:30 AM – 6 PM Sat. & Sun.|
|Trails: Open daylight hours.|
|Undercliff Picnic Area: Open daylight hours.|
Sidebar last updated:
May 26, 2015.
Information posted here subject to change without notice.
Ross Dock Picnic Area is a large scenic riverfront picnic area just north of the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey (directions). Grounds are open year-round, daylight hours. (Restrooms may be closed in winter.) On weekdays from May through September a parking fee of $5 is charged (cash only); on weekends and holidays, the parking fee is $10 (cash only).
GPS: 40.860425, -73.955772
For current hours of operation at Ross Dock Picnic Area, please check the sidebar >
Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about our picnic areas.
Ross Dock Picnic Area features picnic tables, some grills (visitors are permitted to bring their own), a large children’s playground, restrooms, water, and waste receptacles, as well as access to fishing and crabbing, access to our trail system and Henry Hudson Drive, and access to a boat launching ramp for both trailed boats under 24 feet and car-top boats (canoe and kayak) at Hazard’s Dock.
A refreshment stand with drinks, snacks, ice cream, and picnic & barbecue supplies is open in the warm weather season on weekends, 10 AM – 5 PM.
Scroll down the page to take a virtual tour of Ross Dock Picnic Area.
Carpenter’s Grove, just south of the main Ross Dock picnic area, is a picnic grove that is set aside for the use of groups by permit.
GPS: 40.856306, -73.958514
- Click to download a brochure about group picnic areas in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey.
The Ross Dock area in history…
Ross Dock Picnic Area is just north of the site of the Carpenter Brothers’ Quarry, the largest and most notorious of the Palisades quarries of the late 1800s. Much of the present-day picnic area was built on sunken barges and other landfill from the quarry period.
During the early 1900s, Ross Dock was a summer camp for families from New York City.
- Learn more about the summer campground at Ross Dock in “The ‘Mystery’ of the Beaches” and “Camp Colony.”
- Learn more about the history of Hazard’s Dock in “Hazard’s” and about Carpenter’s in “Return to Carpenter’s.”
- Learn about how we were able to build the playground at Ross Dock in “Planting for the Future.”