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Open / Closed in the Park:
Alpine Approach Road south of Park Headquarters is CLOSED TO ALL USE from Monday, February 27, for approx. 6–8 weeks for major road reconstruction.
Due to hazardous conditions, this closure will be strictly enforced. Violators are subject to summonses.
See the Parkway Police Twitter feed for updates.
|Allison Park: Open daylight hours. Restrooms closed for season.|
|Alpine Boat Basin: Closed for season.|
|Alpine Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. No vehicle access until reopening of Henry Hudson Drive. Pavilion restrooms closed for season (parking plaza restrooms remain open). Kearney House closed for season.|
|Englewood Boat Basin: Please contact J.M. Englewood Marina: 201-568-1328.|
|Englewood Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Snack Shack closed for season.|
|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: Closed for season.|
|Henry Hudson Drive: Due to recent winter storm, all riverfront park areas remain CLOSED TO VEHICLES through the weekend of Mar. 18–19. Alpine Approach Road south of Park Headquarters CLOSED TO ALL USE from Monday, February 27, for approx. 6–8 weeks. Englewood to Alpine closed to motor vehicles for season.|
|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. Restrooms closed for season (Port-A-Johns available).|
|State Line Lookout: Grounds open daylight hours. Lookout Inn (State Line Cafe & bookshop) open 9:30 AM – 5 PM. 201-750-0465.|
|Trails: Open daylight hours. Trail construction with intermittent closures on the Shore Trail between Ross Dock and Englewood.|
|Undercliff Picnic Area: Open daylight hours.|
Sidebar last updated:
March 22, 2017.
The information posted here is subject to change without notice.
There are over 30 miles of hiking and ski trails in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey. There is more information on our Hiking page, including tips for hikers, and hikers should check our Maps page before setting out on the trails.
For current hours of operation for the trails in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey, check the chart in the sidebar >
Two main trails each cover most of the 12-mile length of the Park, here described south-to-north. Both have been designated National Recreation Trails:
Shore Trail (white markers)
The southern trailhead of the Shore Trail is outside the Visitor Center at Fort Lee Historic Park. From there, the Shore Trail goes down the entrance drive and follows the multi-use trail beside Hudson Terrace south to the Edgewater park entrance, descends to the Hudson River, then goes north along the Hudson shore, passing Hazard’s Dock, through Ross Dock Picnic Area, Englewood Picnic Area, Alpine Picnic Area, and by the Kearney House, eventually crossing the boulder field known as the “Giant Stairs” and on to Peanut Leap Cascade, where it steeply ascends back to the cliff top just north of the New York–New Jersey state line, its northern trailhead at the junction with the Long Path. Except for the Giant Stairs and the ascent to the northern trailhead, the trail covers easy to moderate terrain.
Long Path (aqua markers)
The Long Path goes along the top of the cliffs. Its southern trailhead is outside the Visitor Center at Fort Lee Historic Park. From there it goes down the entrance drive, north on Hudson Terrace and up steel stairs just north of the George Washington Bridge and into the woods. It passes outside Allison Park, crosses Dyckman Hill Road, passes through Rockefeller Lookout, alongside Greenbrook Sanctuary, through Alpine Lookout, by Park Headquarters, the Women’s Federation Monument, State Line Lookout, and on to the actual state line at U.S. Route 9W and the entrance to Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. (The Long Path then continues north in New York State.) In New Jersey, the Long Path covers easy to moderate terrain throughout.
Five trails connect the Long Path with the Shore Trail, listed here from south to north and described from summit to shoreline:
Carpenter’s Trail (blue markers)
Trailhead on the summit is on the west side of Hudson Terrace by Linwood Park in Fort Lee. The trail goes up steps and along a sidewalk beside the Palisades Interstate Parkway, down steps to overlap the Long Path briefly, then follows steep stone steps down to the traffic circle at the intersection of Henry Hudson Drive and Ross Dock Approach Road, through a tunnel beneath the circle, and down more stone steps to its trailhead just south of Ross Dock Picnic Area on the Shore Trail. (Steep: elevation 250 ft.)
Dyckman Hill Trail (yellow markers)
Trailhead on the summit is at the Englewood Cliffs park entrance, from which the trail parallels Dyckman Hill Road through several underpasses, crosses Henry Hudson Drive, and then descends stone steps to the south end of Englewood Picnic Area. (Moderate: elevation 300 ft.)
Huyler’s Landing Trail (red markers)
Trailhead on the summit is on the Long Path about 0.5 mi. south of Alpine Lookout. The trail follows a relatively gradual grade to Henry Hudson Drive, which it overlaps for about 50 yards (hikers should use caution here), then continues to its junction with the Shore Trail about 1.5 mi. south of Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin. (Moderate: elevation 400 ft.)
Closter Dock Trail (orange markers)
Trailhead on the summit is on the east side of U.S. Route 9W in Alpine, about 0.25 mi. north of Closter Dock Road. The trail passes through a pair of tunnels beneath the Palisades Interstate Parkway, then overlaps the Long Path north about 0.25 mi. to a small tunnel beneath Alpine Approach Road. The trail then goes down a series of switchbacks to its junction with the Shore Trail, just north of Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin. (Steep: elevation 400 ft.)
Forest View Trail (blue-and-white markers)
Trailhead on the summit is on the east side of U.S. Route 9W in Alpine, about 2.5 mi. north of Closter Dock Road. The trail crosses a pedestrian bridge over the Palisades Interstate Parkway, then overlaps the Long Path north about 0.5 mi. to the Women’s Federation Monument and down a steep ravine. After it branches east from the Long Path, the Forest View Trail steeply descends through a series of switchbacks to its junction with the Shore Trail, about 3 mi. north of Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin. (Very steep: elevation 500 ft.)
The six cross-country ski trails at State Line Lookout, marked A–F, can also be used by hikers (click to download a map). Several unmarked trails are described in the hiking descriptions in the hiking pages of this website.
You can download some simple hike descriptions, keyed to a map and including tips for hikers, for several areas in the park:
- Click to download a hike description that begins and ends at Fort Lee Historic Park (moderate, about 5.5 mi., 2.5 hrs. round-trip).
- Click to download a hike description that begins and ends at Ross Dock Picnic Area in Fort Lee (moderate, about 4.5 mi., 2 hrs. round-trip).
- Click to download a hike description that begins and ends at Englewood Picnic Area in Englewood Cliffs (moderate, about 4.5 mi., 2 hrs. round-trip).
- Click to download the “Cape Fly Away” hike description, which begins and ends at Alpine Picnic Area (moderate, about 3 mi., 1.5 hrs. round-trip).
- Click to download the “Peanut Leap Cascade” (moderate, about 2.5 mi., 2 hrs. round-trip) and “Giant Stairs” (challenging, about 4 mi., 3 hrs. round-trip) hike descriptions, both of which begin and end at State Line Lookout.
There are more suggested routes, many with printouts including maps, on these pages: