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Park Maps


Open / Closed in the Park:

Updated: August 11, 2017

Allison Park: Open daylight hours.
Alpine Boat Basin: Gas dock open 9 AM – 4:30 PM on Thu. | 9 AM – 5:30 PM, Fri to Sun | closed Mon, Tue, Wed. Parking fee $5 (cash only), weekends & holidays.
Alpine Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Parking fee $5 (cash only), weekends & holidays. Kearney House open most weekend and holiday afternoons.
Englewood Boat Basin: Please contact J.M. Englewood Marina: 201-568-1328. Parking fee $5 (cash only), Fri to Tue.
Englewood Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Parking fee $5 (cash only), Fri to Tue. Snack Shack open 10 AM – 4 PM, Tue to Fri | 10 AM – 6 PM, Sat & Sun | closed Mon. (Regular parking fee applies for Snack Shack customers.)
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.

Parking Restrictions
WEEKDAYS: Public parking in south lot only.

Greenbrook Sanctuary: Open daylight hours (membership required).
Hazard’s Ramp: Open daylight hours. Parking fees (cash only), Fri to Tue, $20 for trailer launch, $10 for car-top launch.
Henry Hudson Drive: Open daylight hours.
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.
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.

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Upcoming guided hikes in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey


Throughout the year, the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey — stretching for twelve miles along the Hudson River and with over 30 miles of trails — offers guided hiking tours for varied interests and ability levels. Guided hikes are free and open to all, and advance registration is NOT needed.

High Gutter Point.

Tuesdays in August: Rachel’s Rangers
Summertime hiking adventures for children with the Kearney House staff.

Sat, Oct. 10: “Huyler’s Landing Loop
History hike with Eric Nelsen • Meet 10 AM at the Kearney House at Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin. About 5 mi., 3.5 hrs., moderate. Bring a lunch. For more information: 201-768-1360 ext. 108.

Sun, Oct. 22: “Bombay Hook
History hike with Eric Nelsen • Meet 10 AM at the Kearney House at Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin. About 6 mi., 5 hrs., challenging. Bring a lunch. For more information: 201-768-1360 ext. 108.

Sun, Oct. 29: “Hallowe’en Hike
Guided hike with Eeric Nelsen • Meet 5:30 PM at the Kearney House at Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin. About 2 mi., 3 hrs., moderate. Bring a flashlight! For more information: 201-768-1360 ext. 108.

Guided hikes are held “drizzle or shine” — heavy or steady precipitation or icy trail conditions may cancel. If in doubt, please call the contact number in the hike description to confirm.

Hike descriptions show an approximate round-trip distance (mi.) and time (hrs.) and a rating provided by the hike leaders: Easy hikes should be suitable for most hikers, including those with little or no hiking experience. Moderate hikes traverse more rugged terrain and slopes, at a pace some may find difficult. Challenging hikes are best for experienced hikers.

FOR ALL HIKES, hikers should wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water to drink. Long-sleeved clothing is recommended for protection against poison ivy and ticks. REMEMBER: Even our “easy” hikes are on trails, not paved surfaces — the surfaces you traverse will be uneven, with roots, rocks, and other obstructions. None of the park’s trails are entirely open or level, and mud and puddles are typical after rainfalls.

Our hiking trails are open 365 days a year. Check our Hiking page for information about hiking in the park on your own, including tips for hikers and suggested routes.


“Huyler’s Landing Loop”

On Saturday, October 14, Eric Nelsen will lead a history hike meeting at 10 AM at the historic Kearney House at Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin, accessible from the park’s Alpine entrance at PIP Exit 2 (click here for detailed directions). The hike covers a round-trip distance of about 5 miles in around 3.5 hours and is rated moderate by the hike leader. Participants should bring lunch.

Fall foliage colors the Palisades.

The hike will begin along the Shore Trail and then ascend the Huyler Landing Road, now a hiking trail, but once a wagon road used by farmers to bring their goods to the river for shipment to New York City. This same steep route up the Palisades was also used in November 1776 by the British army dispatched to capture Washington’s troops at Fort Lee. As the group heads north along the summit of the Palisades, they will pass through a section of cliff top once known as “Millionaire's Row,” where Gilded Age mansions like George Zabriskie’'s “Cliff Dale” once overlooked the river. The group will return along another hiking trail that was also once a wagon road, the “Closter Dock Road” — a road that, exactly 100 years ago, was used by soldiers departing Camp Merritt in Dumont as they headed to Europe during World War I.

Catherine “Kitty” Brown in the late 1800s.

To confirm if weather is questionable on the morning of this hike, please call 201-768-1360 and enter ext. 108.

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“Bombay Hook”

On Sunday, October 22, Eric Nelsen will lead a history hike meeting at 10 AM at the historic Kearney House at Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin, accessible from the park’s Alpine entrance at PIP Exit 2 (click here for detailed directions). The hike covers a round-trip distance of about 8 miles in around 5 hours and is rated challenging by the hike leader. Participants should bring lunch.

A misty fall day at Alpine.

This hike will leave the Kearney House and head north along the Shore Trail, passing sites of nineteenth and early twentieth-century riverfront settlements and excursion groves. After a steep ascent up stone steps from river level to cliff top, hikers will return along the Long Path with some of the most scenic views in the park — across the Hudson to Westchester County, the Bronx, and Long Island Sound. Hikers willl stop along the way at the Women's Federation monument — built and dedicated in 1929 to recognize the efforts of New Jersey's women in preserving the Palisades — and at remnants of the estates of mid-twentieth-century residents such as the reclusive Burtnetts and world-famous showman John Ringling.

To confirm if weather is questionable on the morning of this hike, please call 201-768-1360 and enter ext. 108.

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“Hallowe’en Hike”

On Sunday, October 29, “Eeric” Nelsen will lead a guided hike meeting at 5:30 PM at the historic Kearney House at Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin, accessible from the park’s Alpine entrance at PIP Exit 2 (click here for detailed directions). The hike covers a round-trip distance of about 3 miles in around 2 hours and is rated moderate by the hike leader. Participants should bring flashlights.

Hallowe'en Hike

One of the park’s most popular hikes, the “Hallowe’en Hike” will leave the historic Kearney House as daylight begins to dim and head north along the Shore Trail. In keeping with what is said to be the time of year when “the veil between the living and the dead is stretched thin,” hikers will pass through quiet park land that was once alive with riverfront settlements, excursion groves … and a “bone factory” … before continuing on a rocky portion of the trail along the river, just as night begins to descend. As lights across the river appear in the darkness, the groupwill return through the woods and along the upper portion of the Shore Trail.

To confirm if weather is questionable on the afternoon of this hike, please call 201-768-1360 and enter ext. 108.

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