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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Open / Closed in the Park:
Alpine Approach Road south of Park Headquarters is CLOSED TO ALL USE for major road reconstruction.
Projected reopening: May 1 (weather and other factors permitting – please check back for updates).
Due to hazardous conditions, this closure will be strictly enforced. Violators are subject to summonses.
Check the Parkway Police Twitter feed for emergency updates on roads and other conditions in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey.
NOTE: THE PARK’S SPRING OPERATING SEASON BEGINS MAY 1
|Allison Park: Open daylight hours.|
|Alpine Boat Basin: Closed for season.|
|Alpine Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. No motor vehicle access until reopening of Henry Hudson Drive. All restrooms closed for season. 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 open 10 AM – 4 PM Tues. – Fri., 10 AM – 6 PM weekends (closed Mondays).|
|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: Open daylight hours.|
|Henry Hudson Drive: Edgewater park entrance to Englewood Cliffs park entrance open daylight hours. Alpine Approach Road south of Park Headquarters CLOSED TO ALL USE (projected reopening: May 1). Englewood to Alpine CLOSED TO MOTOR VEHICLES for construction (projected reopening: May 1).|
|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 (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. No motor vehicle access until reopening of Henry Hudson Drive.|
Last updated April 21, 2017 (subject to change without notice).
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 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 Grove, at the south end of Alpine Picnic Area, is a picnic grove that is set aside for the use of groups by permit.
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.
GPS: 40.947675, -73.918725
Click to download a brochure about group picnic areas in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey.
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.
GPS: 40.946842, -73.918867
Click to download a map keyed to two hike descriptions that start and end at Alpine Picnic Area, headed north.
“Cape Fly Away” | Moderate | 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
“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.
- Learn about life in the Alpine area in the early days of the park in “Fly Away” and “The March of the Forgotten.”
- Learn about the New Deal agencies that built the pavilion and other park facilities in “Alphabet Soup,” “From the Hard Winter,” and “Features of Unusual Beauty and Utility.”
- Learn more about the Yonkers Ferry in “Skirt Check,” and about an unusual visitor to the area in 1937 in “Somewhere between Here and Kingston.”
- Learn what happened to the swimming beaches here and in other places in the park in “The ‘Mystery’ of the Beaches.”
Virtual Tour of Alpine Picnic Area