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|Allison Park: Open daylight hours.|
|Alpine Boat Basin: Closed for winter. Will reopen May 1.|
|Alpine Picnic Area: Open daylight hours, pavilion restrooms closed for winter.|
|Englewood Boat Basin: Please call 201 568-1328.|
|Englewood Picnic Area: Open daylight hours, restrooms closed for winter.|
|Fort Lee Historic Park: Grounds open daylight hours. Visitor Center open Wed. to Sun., 10 AM – 4:45 PM.|
|Greenbrook Sanctuary: Open daylight hours, membership required.|
|Hazard’s Dock: Closed for winter.|
|Henry Hudson Drive: Drive 1 closed for winter. Drive 2, Dyckman Hill Road, and Alpine Approach Road open daylight hours, conditions permitting.|
|The Kearney House: Closed for restoration. Will reopen later in spring.|
|Palisades Interstate Parkway in New Jersey: Open 24 hrs., see Parkway Condition Statement.|
|Park Headquarters: Administrative offices open Mon. to Fri., 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM except on New Jersey State holidays (these days are marked on our calendar). 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.|
|State Line Lookout: Grounds open daylight hours. Lookout Inn open 9:30 AM – 5 PM weekdays, 6 PM weekends.|
|Trails: Open daylight hours.|
Sidebar last updated: April 23, 2014
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, the parking fee is $10 (cash only).
For current hours and conditions at Ross Dock Picnic Area, please check the chart in the sidebar >
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.
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. This area offers convenient loading and unloading by car (restrooms are at the main picnic area only).
- 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.”
- 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.”