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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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Open / Closed in the Park:

Road Closed
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).

WARNING!
Due to hazardous conditions, this closure will be strictly enforced. Violators are subject to summonses.

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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).

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 wtih 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.

Sat, May 13: “The Giant Stairs
Guided hike & rock scramble with Christina Fehre. Meet 10 AM at State Line Lookout in Alpine. About 3 mi., 3 hrs., challenging. Experienced hikers only. For more information: 201-615-9226.

Sun, May 14: “Mother’s Day Hike to the Womens Monument
History hike with Eric Nelsen. Meet 11 AM at Park Headquarters in Alpine. About 4 mi., 2 hrs., easy. For more information: 201-768-1360 ext. 108.

Sat, May 20: “Geology Rocks!
Children’s hike with Christina Fehre. Meet 11 AM by the entrance to Englewood Picnic Area & Boat Basin. About 2 mi., 2 hrs., easy. For age 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information: 201-615-9226.

Sat, Jun. 3: “National Trails Day: Construction History of the NJ Palisades Trails
Guided hike with Christina Fehre & the Trail Crew. Meet 9:30 AM at Ross Dock Picnic Area in Fort Lee. $10 parking. About 4 mi., 3 hrs., moderate. For more information: 201-615-9226.

Fri, Jun. 9: “Strawberry Moon Hike
Guided hike with Christina Fehre. Meet 8:30 PM by the entrance to Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin. About 3 mi., 2 hrs., easy. Bring a flashlight. For more information: 201-615-9226.

Tues, Jun. 20: “Solstice Hike
Guided hike with Eric Nelsen. Meet 7 PM at the Kearney House at Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin. About 5 mi., 2 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.

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


 

“The Giant Stairs”

On Saturday, May 13, Christina Fehre, director of Trails and Outdoor Programs for the park, will lead a guided hike and rock scramble on the most challenging hiking route in the 12-mile park. Hikers will mee at 10 AM at State Line Lookout in Alpine, accessible to motorists from the northbound Palisades Interstate Parkway near Exit 3, or to pedestrians and cyclists from Old Route 9W (click here for detailed directions). From the summit of the Palisades, over 500 feet above the Hudson, the group will descend to river level and then venture across a mile-long boulder field beneath the cliffs that is named “The Giant Stairs.” This part of the hike includes long sections where hikers will need to scramble rather than just hike, using their hands as well as their feet as they cross from large boulder to large boulder. After crossing the boulder field, another steep trail will take the group back up to the summit. The hike will cover a round-trip distance of about 4 miles in around 3 hours and is rated challenging by the hike leader. The hike is open to experienced hikers only.

Hiking the Giant Stairs. Hiking the Giant Stairs. Hiking the Giant Stairs.

For more information about this hike, please call 201-615-9226.

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“Mother’s Day Hike to the Women’s Monument”

For Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14, historical interpreter Eric Nelsen will lead a guided hike to a trailside monument on the summit of the Palisades that honors the role that women played over a century ago in preserving the great cliffs. Nelsen will meet hikers at 11 AM at Park Headquarters in Alpine, accessible from the Park’s Alpine entrance at PIP Exit 2 (click here for detailed directions). The route will take hikers along relatively easy trails that afford several excellent vistas on the way to the “castle”-like monument placed 500 feet above the river in 1929, to acknowledge how members of the New Jersey State Federation led the succussful effort to close massive stone quarries that had been devastating the Palisades scenery, and allow for the creation of a unique Interstate Park system.

The round-trip distance is about 4 miles and should take about 2 hours to complete.

A stop at the Women’s Federation Monument. The Women's Federation Monument is a stop on the New Jersey Women's Heritage Trail

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

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“Geology Rocks!”

On Saturday, May 20, Christina Fehre, director of Trails and Outdoor Programs for the park, will lead a guided hike for children meeting at 11 AM by the entrance to Englewood Picnic Area & Boat Basin, accessible from the park’s Englewood Cliffs entrance at PIP Exit 1 (click here for detailed directions). The hike will cover a round-trip distance of about 2 miles in around 2 hours and is rated easy by the hike leader. Suggested for children age five and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information about this hike, please call 201-615-9226.

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“National Trails Day: Construction History of the NJ Palisades Trails”

On Saturday, June 3, Christina Fehre and the park’s Trail Crew will lead a guided hike meeting at 9:30 AM at Ross Dock Picnic Area in Fort Lee, accessible from the park’s Edgewater or Englewood Cliffs entrances (click here for detailed directions). The hike will cover a round-trip distance of about 4 miles in around 3 hours and is rated moderate by the hike leaders.

There is a $10 per car parking fee (cash only) in effect at Ross Dock. For more information about this hike, please call 201-615-9226.

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“Strawberry Moon Hike”

On Friday evening, June 9, Christina Fehre, director of Trails and Outdoor Programs for the park, will lead a guided night hike meeting at 8:30 PM by the entrance to Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin, accessible from the park’s Alpine entrance at PIP Exit 2 (click here for detailed directions). The hike will cover a round-trip distance of about 3 miles in around 2 hours and is rated easy by the hike leader. Participants should bring flashlights.

For more information about this hike, please call 201-615-9226.

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“Solstice Hike”

On Tuesday evening, June 20, Eric Nelsen will lead a guided hike meeting at 7 PM at the 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 will cover a round-trip distance of about 5 miles in around 2 hours and is rated moderate by the hike leader. Participants should bring flashlights.

Solstice Hike.

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

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