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Allison Park: Open daylight hours.
Alpine Boat Basin: Gas dock open Mon. to Thurs. 9 AM – 4:30 PM, Fri. to Sun. 9 AM – 5:30 PM. Current gas price: $3.05/gal.
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. Snack Shack open 10 AM – 6 PM.
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.
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. 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.
State Line Lookout: Grounds open daylight hours. Lookout Inn open Mon. to Fri. 9:30 AM – 5 PM, Sat. & Sun. 9:30 AM – 6 PM.
Trails: Open daylight hours.
Undercliff Picnic Area: Open daylight hours.

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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, 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 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

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 period.

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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