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Open / Closed in the Park:

Updated: November 22, 2017 (subject to change without notice).

Allison Park: Open daylight hours.  Restrooms closed for season.
Alpine Boat Basin: Closed for season.
Alpine Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Pavilion restrooms closed for season (plaza restrooms remain open). Kearney House open for special events.
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, 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: Closed for season.
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. Restrooms closed for season.
State Line Lookout: Grounds open daylight hours. Lookout Inn (State Line Café & bookshop) open 7 days, 9:30 AM – 5 PM.

Holiday closure
THU. & FRI, NOV. 23–24: Lookout Inn closed for Thanksgiving holiday (grounds remain open daylight hours).

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.

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2018

Sun, Jan. 7: “Millionaire’s Row
Winter history hike with Eric Nelsen • Meet 1 PM at Park Headquarters in Alpine. About 2 mi., 2 hrs., easy. For more information: 201-768-1360 ext. 108. Click here for more information…

Weds, Jan. 31: “Blue Wolf Moon Hike
Guided hike with park staff • Meet 8 PM at State Line Lookout in Alpine. About 2 mi., 1.5 hrs., moderate. Bring a flashlight! For more information: 201-768-1360 ext. 108. Click here for more information…

Sat, Feb. 3: “Old Closter Dock Road
Winter history hike with Eric Nelsen • Meet 10 AM at Park Headquarters in Alpine. About 3 mi., 2 hrs., moderate. For more information: 201-768-1360 ext. 108. Click here for more information…

Sun, Mar. 4: “Cliffhanger Point
Winter history hike with Eric Nelsen • Meet 1 PM at Fort Lee Historic Park. Metered parking. About 2 mi., 2 hrs., easy. With a short stroll on the GWB walkway. For more information: 201-768-1360 ext. 108. Click here for more information…

Sat, Mar. 24: “Greenbrook History Hike
History hike with Eric Nelsen • Meet 10 AM at Greenbrook Sanctuary in Tenafly (please be prompt). About 3 mi., 2 hrs., moderate. For more information: 201-768-1360 ext. 108. Click here for more information…

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.


“Millionaire’s Row”

On Sunday afternoon, January 7, hikers can take a tour of “Millionaire’s Row,” where around a dozen grand estates once graced the summit of the Palisades in Alpine. Hikers will meet at 1 PM at Park Headquarters, accessible from the Alpine park entrance (click here for detailed directions). The cliff-top mansions of “Millionaire’s Row,” built from Civil War days through the early 1900s, were torn down over half a century ago, when the Palisades Interstate Parkway was built, but the hike, which will cover about 3 miles round-trip distance in about 2 hours over relatively easy hiking trails, will wend through some of the more impressive foundation remains and other signs that can still be found in the woods.

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Eric Nelsen, a historical interpreter at the park, will lead the hike. Nelsen noted that this hike, perhaps the most popular of the tours he leads throughout the year, benefits the most from winter conditions, when many features that are hidden by foliage during most of the year become apparent. He will have photographs with him to show the group what some of the estates looked like in their day.

To confirm if weather is questionable on the morning of this hike, or if trails may be too icy to conduct the hike, please call 201-768-1360 and enter ext. 108.

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“Blue Wolf Moon Hike”

On Wednesday evening, January 31, park staff will lead a special night hike through the trails at the State Line Lookout area. Hikers should plan to meet at the Lookout, accessible from the northbound Palisades Interstate Parkway at Exit 3 (U-Turn available for southbound travelers — click here for detailed directions), at 8 PM. If the skies are clear, the trails will be lit by the full moon, but hikers should bring flashlights with them. The route will traverse about 2 miles in about 1.5 hours, over moderate hiking trails.

Wolf Moon

The January full moon is known as the “Wolf Moon,” an Algonquin Indian name given it because, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, “it appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages.” (January 2018 is unusual for having two full moons — the first is on New Year’s Day — making this second one a “blue moon” — hence, the hike leaders have named their hike a “Blue Wolf Moon Hike”…)

To confirm if weather is questionable on the evening of this hike, or if trails may be too icy to conduct the hike, please call 201-768-1360 and enter ext. 108.

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“Old Closter Dock Road”

On Saturday morning, February 3, historical interpreter Eric Nelsen will lead another tour into the park’s past, this time to explore part of the riverfront settlement known in the nineteenth century as Closter Landing. Hikers will meet at 10 AM at the Park Headquarters, accessible from the Alpine park entrance (click here for detailed directions). Nelsen will lead the group down a trail that was once a steep wagon road used  by farmers of Closter to bring their farm goods down to the Hudson River for shipment to New York City’s markets. After they arrive at the river, the group will continue along another former wagon road to what was once a fishermen’s hamlet known as “Cape Fly Away,” and then on to a former “excursion grove,” where New Yorkers came to picnic in the decades after the Civil War. This hike, about 3 miles round-trip and taking about 2 hours, traverses some steep slopes and is rated moderate.

Sharing stories about Excelsior Grove excursion park, a popular nineteenth-century destination.

To confirm if weather is questionable on the morning of this hike, or if trails may be too icy to conduct the hike, please call 201-768-1360 and enter ext. 108.

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“Cliffhanger Point”

On Sunday afternoon, March 4, hikers can meet with historical interpreter Eric Nelsen at 1 PM outside  the Visitor Center at Fort Lee Historic Park for a relatively short winter history hike of less than 2 miles in around an hour-and-a-half on easy trails —  but which will take participants on a rich historical journey. The group will stop at the site of the fabled Riviera nightclub, which began operation shortly after the George Washington opened to traffic in the 1930s, and then go on to “Cliffhanger Point.” This precipice on the Palisades was immortalized in a 1918 publicity shot of Pearl White, the actress famous for playing the eponymous Pauline in the Perils of Pauline. (After starring in that 1914 blockbuster, White, whose birthday was on March 4, starred in a number of classic serials that were shot along the Palisades at Fort Lee, including The House of Hate, for which the iconic publicity still was taken. )

Hikers at “Cliffhanger Point”

On the return hike, hikers may take an optional stroll with the group out onto the George Washington Bridge walkway, to enjoy the spectacular views offered from that location.

The Historic Park entrance is off Hudson Terrace just south of the George Washington Bridge. Metered parking is charged at the site. Click here for detailed directions and meter rates.

Hikers stop to admire the view of the George Washington Bridge on a guided history hike to “Cliffhanger Point.” Hikers on a guided history hike to “Cliffhanger Point.”

To confirm if weather is questionable on the morning of this hike, or if trails may be too icy to conduct the hike, please call 201-768-1360 and enter ext. 108.

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“Greenbrook History Hike”

On Saturday morning, March 24, historical interpreter Eric Nelsen will lead a hiking tour through Greenbrook Sanctuary, a cliff-top nature preserve established in Tenafly in 1946. Hikers will meet at 10 AM by  the Visitor Center in the Sanctuary for a hike of around 3 miles in about 2 hours on moderate trails through the sometimes rugged terrain of the preserve, which is normally open only to members of Palisades Nature Association and their guests (click here for PNA membership information).

Greenbrook in Winter Greenbrook in Winter

The hike will explore vestiges of the area’s role as the site of two Civilian Conservation Corps Camps during the Great Depression, when the “New Deal” agency put a couple million young men to work on conservation projects across the country, as well as earlier history, including “Falcon Lodge,” the nineteenth-century summer estate of the Lamb family.

The Sanctuary’s entrance is off U.S. Route 9W, 4.7 miles north of the George Washington Bridge. Non-PNA members are urged to arrive promptly, as the entrance gate will be closed shortly after 10 AM. Click here for detailed directions.

To confirm if weather is questionable on the morning of this hike, or if trails may be too icy to conduct the hike, please call 201-768-1360 and enter ext. 108.

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