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Parking fees are cash only (except metered parking).

Allison Park: Open daylight hours.
Alpine Boat Basin: Gas dock open Weds. & Thu. 9 AM – 4:30 PM, Fri. to Sun. 9 AM – 5:30 PM. Closed Mon. & Tues. Gas dock is inaccessible at low spring tides (around new & full moons). 201-321-9055.
Alpine Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. $5 parking, weekends & holidays. Kearney House open most weekend and holiday afternoons.
Englewood Boat Basin: Please contact J.M. Englewood Marina: 201-568-1328.
Englewood Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. $5 parking. Snack Shack open Tues. to Thu. 10 AM – 5 PM, Fri. to Sun. 10 AM – 7 PM (regular parking fee applies).
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. $20 trailer launch, $10 car-top launch.
Henry Hudson Drive: Open daylight hours.
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. $10 parking, weekends & holidays. $5 parking, weekdays.
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: August 29, 2016.
The information posted here is subject to change without notice.

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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 during 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 >

Parking fees at picnic areas are collected from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend. Weekday collection is from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Weekend collection is from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Holiday weekend collection is from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM. 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 trailered boats under 24 feet and car-top boats (canoe and kayak) at Hazard’s Dock.

Ross Dock Hike

A refreshment stand, with drinks, snacks, ice cream, and picnic and barbecue supplies, is open on weekends in the summer.

Visitors grilling up some lunch at Ross Dock. Ross Dock playground Overhead view of Ross Dock Picnic Area. Ross Dock Picnic Area at sunset.

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.

Carpenter's Grove at the Ross Dock Picnic Area. Carpenter's Grove at the Ross Dock Picnic Area looking north. Carpenter's Grove at the Ross Dock Picnic Area. Roadway to Carpenter's Grove at the Ross Dock Picnic Area.


GPS: 40.856306, -73.958514

Group Picnic Brochure

Click to download an advisory for park visitors (about ticks, poison ivy, and other concerns) and to download our picnic policy.

Advisory for hikers (.pdf) Picnic Policy


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 days.

Carpenter Brothers' Quarry, 1897

During the early 1900s, Ross Dock was a summer camp for families from New York City.

The Ross Dock Camp Colony, 1932. (s1252)


Virtual Tour of Ross Dock Picnic Area

Carpenter’s Grove

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