Parkway repaving

Henry Hudson Drive from the Edgewater park entrance to Ross Dock circle will be CLOSED to all use through Feb. 2015 for GW Bridge work by the Port Authority. Conditions permitting, the road will be opened on Sundays to pedestrians and cyclists only. Click here for more information.

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Open / Closed in the Park:

Allison Park: Open daylight hours. Restrooms closed for winter.
Alpine Boat Basin: Closed for winter.
Alpine Picnic Area: Open daylight hours (Kearney House closed for winter).
Englewood Boat Basin: Please call 201 568-1328.
Englewood Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Port-A-Johns only.
Fort Lee Historic Park: Grounds open daylight hours. Visitor Center open Weds. to Sun., 10 AM – 4:45 PM. $5 parking fee, weekends & holidays.
Greenbrook Sanctuary: Open daylight hours (membership required).
Hazard’s Dock: Closed for winter.
Henry Hudson Drive: Drive 1 (northern end): Closed for winter. Drive 2 (southern end): Open daylight hours. Through Feb. 2015: Edgewater park entrance to Ross Dock circle CLOSED to all use for GWB work. Click here for more information.
Palisades Interstate Parkway in New Jersey: Open 24 hrs. Repaving remains in progress, under the supervision of the NJ Dept. of Transportation.
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. Restrooms closed for winter (Port-A-Johns available).
State Line Lookout: Grounds open daylight hours. Lookout Inn open 9:30 AM – 5 PM.
Trails: Open daylight hours.
Undercliff Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. No restroom facilities available.

Sidebar last updated: December 16, 2014.
Information posted here subject to change without notice.

Unless indicated, events are free and open to all, and advanced registration is NOT required. (Check our Calendar page for how we rate guided hikes for difficulty.)

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).

For current hours and conditions at Ross Dock Picnic Area, please check 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.

Scroll down the page to take a virtual tour of Ross Dock Picnic Area.

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.

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


Virtual Tour of Ross Dock Picnic Area

Carpenter’s Grove


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)

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