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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!
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Memorial Day Weekend Information

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29
See below for information on park operations during the holiday weekend, or click here for a summary.

Updated: May 28, 2017

Fees Notice
Parking fee collection begins Memorial Day weekend at picnic areas and boat basins.

Allison Park: Open daylight hours.
Alpine Boat Basin: Gas dock open Thu, 9 AM – 4:30 PM | Fri to Sun, 9 AM – 5:30 PM | closed Mon, Tue, Wed. Parking fee $5 (cash only) weekends & holidays.

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Alpine park entrance only.
Mon, May 29: Gas dock OPEN.

Alpine Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Parking fee $5 (cash only) weekends & holidays. Kearney House open most weekend and holiday afternoons.

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Alpine park entrance only.

Englewood Boat Basin: Please contact J.M. Englewood Marina: 201-568-1328. Parking fee $5 (cash only) Fri–Tue.

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Englewood Cliffs park entrance only.

Englewood Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Parking fee $5 (cash only) Fri–Tue. Snack Shack open Tue to Fri, 10 AM – 4 PM | Sat & Sun, 10 AM – 6 PM | closed Mon. (Regular parking fee applies for Snack Shack customers.)

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Englewood Cliffs park entrance only.

Fort Lee Historic Park: Grounds open daylight hours. Metered parking 7 days (click here for rates). Visitor Center open Weds. to Sun., 10 AM – 4:45 PM.
Greenbrook Sanctuary: Open daylight hours (membership required).
Hazard’s Ramp: Open daylight hours. Parking fees (cash only) Fri–Tue $20 for trailer launch, $10 for car-top launch.

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Englewood Cliffs park entrance only.

Henry Hudson Drive: Open daylight hours.

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Edgewater park entrance to Ross Dock circle + Undercliff Picnic Area to Alpine circle CLOSED to vehicles.

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: Open daylight hours. Parking fees (cash only) $10 weekends & holidays, $5 Mon, Tue, Fri.

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Englewood Cliffs park entrance only.

State Line Lookout: Grounds open daylight hours. Lookout Inn (State Line Café & bookshop) open 7 days, 9:30 AM – 5 PM.
Trails: Open daylight hours.

Ongoing Project
ONGOING: Intermittent closures on Shore Trail from Englewood to Ross Dock for construction.

Undercliff Picnic Area: Open daylight hours (no parking fee).

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Englewood Cliffs park entrance only.

*Scheduled maintenance closures are subject to change due to weather and other factors.

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Alpine Picnic Area is a scenic riverfront picnic area adjacent to Alpine Boat Basin in Alpine, New Jersey (directions). Alpine Picnic Area is the site of Alpine Pavilion, the historic Kearney House, and Alpine Grove. Grounds are open year-round, daylight hours. Restrooms may be closed in winter. On weekends and holidays from May through September a cash-only >parking fee of $5 is charged.


GPS: 40.944072, -73.919186

For current hours of operation at Alpine Picnic Area, please check the sidebar >

Parking fees at picnic areas are collected from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend. Weekday collection is from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Weekend collection is from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Holiday weekend collection is from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM. Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about our picnic areas.

Alpine Picnic Area features picnic tables, some grills (visitors are permitted to bring their own), restrooms, water, and waste receptacles, as well as access to fishing and crabbing, and access to our trail system. The beach at the north end of the picnic area can be used for car-top boat launching (paddlers must be able to carry their boats and equipment from the parking area about 500 feet to the beach).

Alpine booth. Kayaking in the Park

Alpine Boat Basin is adjacent to Alpine Picnic Area. (Access to the boat basin is limited to boat owners renting slips at the basin and their guests. Boat rentals are not available.)

Alpine Boat Basin is adjacent to Alpine Picnic Area.

 

Alpine Grove, at the south end of Alpine Picnic Area, is a picnic grove that is set aside for the use of groups by permit.

Alpine Picnic Grove.


GPS: 40.943742, -73.919197

 

Alpine Pavilion, at the north end of Alpine Picnic Area, is an open-air stone picnic pavilion that is available for use by groups by permit.

Alpine Pavilion.


GPS: 40.947675, -73.918725

Click to download a brochure about group picnic areas in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey.

Group Picnic Brochure

The Kearney House, at the north end of Alpine Picnic Area, was a 19th-century homestead and Hudson River tavern that today serves as a living-history museum.

Kearney House.


GPS: 40.946842, -73.918867

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


Click to download a map keyed to two hike descriptions that start and end at Alpine Picnic Area, headed north.

Alpine Hike

“Cape Fly Away” | Easy | About 3 mi., 1.5 hrs. round-trip (with an opportunity to shorten by about half for an easy hike)

“Bombay Hook” | Challenging | About 7 mi., 5 hrs. round-trip


Click to download a map keyed to a hike description that starts and ends at Alpine Picnic Area, headed south.

Alpine Hike

“Huyler’s Landing History Hike” | Moderate | About 5 mi., 3.5 hrs. round-trip


The Alpine Area in history…

This area was known through much of the nineteenth century as “Closter Landing.” Of the dozen or more houses that once stood at the Landing, only the Kearney House remains.

In the early part of the twentieth century, the Palisades Interstate Park Commission operated a bathing beach here, and the stone picnic pavilion, built in 1934 by the Civil Works Administration, used to have lockers on the lower floor. Most bathers came on the Yonkers Ferry, which landed at the south end of Alpine Boat Basin. The ferry service was discontinued in 1957, after the completion of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Alpine ferry, 1939


 

Virtual Tour of Alpine Picnic Area

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