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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

Sunday, April 27

“Arbor Day Tree Planting” • Volunteer tree planting with the Trail Crew • From 11 AM to 3 PM: start at Ross Dock Picnic Area (directions) or at Englewood Picnic Area & Boat Basin (directions) and follow signs to “Tree Planting on the Shore Trail,” with a short walk to closest planting sites.

Click here for more information. We provide tools and gloves, but you may bring your own. Groups and troops please contact Christina Fehre at 201 768-1360 ext. 110.

Escape to the Palisades

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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, 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.

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. This area offers convenient loading and unloading by car (restrooms are at the main picnic area only).

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


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)