Welcome to the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey
Seasonal job positions for 2016 are posted on our Employment page.
At this time of year, it is common to encounter what may appear to be sick, injured, or orphaned young animals in the park. Most often, these animals are fine and should be left alone! Click here to learn more about this important topic.
Open / Closed in the Park:
See the Parkway Police Twitter feed for updates.
|Allison Park: Open daylight hours.|
|Alpine Boat Basin: Gas dock opens May 11.|
|Alpine Picnic Area:Open daylight hours. Kearney House open most weekend and holiday afternoons. Due to rockslide, Alpine Approach Road is closed to all use at least through weekend of May 7–8. (Road access remains available via Henry Hudson Drive from Edgewater or Englewood Cliffs park entrances.)|
|Englewood Boat Basin: Please call 201-568-1328.|
|Englewood Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Snack Shack opens in May.|
|Fort Lee Historic Park: Grounds open daylight hours. Metered parking (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.|
|Henry Hudson Drive: Open daylight hours. Due to rockslide, Alpine Approach Road is closed to all use at least through weekend of May 7–8.|
|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.|
|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:
May 6, 2016.
The information posted here is subject to change without notice.
On the western shore of the Hudson River in northeastern New Jersey, we are part of more than 100,000 acres of parklands and historic sites in New York and New Jersey managed by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. The two states formed the Commission in 1900 to stop the defacement of the Palisades by stone quarries, which were blasting the famous cliffs for crushed stone.
Our album page has galleries of the Palisades as a National Natural Landmark, as a National Historic Landmark — and as seen by our visitors.
The Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey is about 12 miles long, a half-mile wide, and encompasses 2,500 acres of wild Hudson River shorefront, uplands, and cliffs.
Visitors find within this park more than 30 miles of hiking and ski trails, a boat launching ramp, a scenic riverside drive, a cliff-top parkway and overlooks, riverfront picnic areas and playgrounds, a nature sanctuary, two boat basins, historic sites — and mile after mile of rugged woodlands and vistas just minutes from midtown Manhattan.
The Palisades Interstate Park is a National Historic Landmark and the Palisades are a National Natural Landmark.
Thanks to the efforts of far-thinking people over a century ago and since, the New Jersey Palisades today belong to all of us. These pages were created to help you and others enjoy this great National Landmark.
This page last updated: May 6, 2016
Recently in the park...
Above: Due to a significant rockslide, Alpine Approach Road is closed to all use at least through the weekend of May 7–8. (Road access to Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin remains available via Henry Hudson Drive from the Edgewater or Englewood Cliffs park entrances.) Below: Alpine Pavilion got a new floor — read more about it in “Features of Unusual Beauty and Utility.
Learning from the park...
With twelve miles of Hudson River shoreline, debris washes ashore in the park on a daily basis. Debris left on the shore as the tide recedes is called “tidewrack,” and it includes both natural debris, like branches and leaves, and trash.
After Winter Storm Jonas — which hit during the full-moon high tide at the end of January — our shoreline was inundated with tidewrack. We picked through a 37-foot cluster at Bloomer’s Beach to see what we would find in it…
It turned out that the human rubbish from this 37 feet of tidewrack included 57 plastic bottles, an aluminum can, 4 Mylar balloons, 3 tampon applicators, a boat fender, the armrest from a chair, 8 balls, a fishing bobber — and many pieces of styrofoam. What else can you find…?
Did you know…?
- If you are coming to the park by public transportation, our Directions pages have information to help you find your way here.
We now include a Google Maps link on many of our directions pages, too.
- Your group can book one of our informative off-site lecture programs, including our newest illustrated talk, “The Ghosts of Undercliff,” or our newly revised program, “Cliff Shots.” Click here for details.
- We offer staff-led guided hikes and walks for school and scout groups — click here for details.
- You can visit our online archive of stories from “Cliff Notes,” our occasional visitor letter, and read our latest story, “Features of Unusual Beauty and Utility,” too.
- We offer a memorial bench program in the park. Click here for details.
- The Palisades Parks Conservancy has information about all of the parks and historic sites managed by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, in both New York and New Jersey.
- “The Snack Shack” by the entrance to Englewood Picnic Area offers a lunch, brunch, and snack menu — and is open all week during warm-weather months (closed November through April).
- Every fall, volunteers conduct a hawk watch at State Line Lookout. Visitors are always welcome — click here for more information.
- You can download our advisory for park visitors (about ticks, poison ivy, and other concerns).