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Open / Closed in the Park:

Updated: July 21, 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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“Rachel’s Rangers” — summertime 2017 hiking adventures for children

Tuesdays in August

The historic Kearney House in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey will again sponsor “Rachel’s Rangers,” a series of summertime hiking adventures for children. These hikes are offered Tuesday mornings, and will be led by the staff of the Kearney House. The hikes, to be held “drizzle or shine,” are free with no advance registration required. Each hike will cover about 3 miles over relatively easy trails and will last about 2 hours, from 10 AM to about 12 PM. They are recommended for but not limited to children age seven and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult on all hikes. Children who complete three or more of the hikes will be awarded a certificate naming them an official “Rachel’s Ranger,” named for Rachel Kearney, who in the nineteenth century raised her family and kept a tavern at the Kearney House.

Hikers should wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, such as sneakers or hiking boots. Long-sleeved clothing is recommended for protection from poison ivy and ticks. Insect repellent and sunscreen are also recommended, and hikers should bring water to drink. If weather conditions seem questionable, participants can call 201-768-1360 and enter extension 108 on the morning of a hike to confirm.

“Rachel’s Rangers.” “Rachel’s Rangers.”

Tues., August 1: “Cliffhanger Point” (meet at Allison Park)

Tues., August 8: “Cape Fly Away” (meet at the Kearney House)

Tues., August 15: “Who Rock” (meet at State Line Lookout)

Tues., August 22: “Fishermen’s Village”(meet at Undercliff Picnic Area)


 

On Tuesday, August 1, meeting at 10 AM at Allison Park in Englewood Cliffs (just south of St. Peter’s College off Hudson Terrace — click here for directions), the series kicks off with “Cliffhanger Point,” a hike to a promontory along the cliffs in Fort Lee that was made famous in silent movie days when early filmmakers shot exciting “cliff hangers” along the Palisades. Those who wish may continue on with the group to take a stroll out on the George Washington Bridge walkway and learn more about the story of the “Great Gray Bridge.”

Pearl White at Cliffhanger Point in 1918.


 

Tuesday, August 8, hikers will explore “Cape Fly Away,” the site of a thriving riverfront community along the Hudson in the 19th century. Participants will follow old farm roads beneath the cliffs to where excursion groves bustled with city folk spending a day in the country, and to where a “bone factory” turned animal bones into fertilizer. The group will meet at the Kearney House at Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin (Alpine park entrance at PIP Exit 2 — click here for detailed directions).

Cape Fly Away, early 1900s.


 

On Tuesday, August 15, meeting at 10 AM at State Line Lookout in Alpine (northbound PIP opposite Exit 3 — click here for directions), will be “Who Rock.” This hike follows the Long Path along the top of the cliffs, makes a stop to visit the Women’s Federation Monument (known to some as “the castle”), and ends up at a stunning lookout point called “Who Rock.”

The Women's Monument.


 

On Tuesday, August 22, meeting at 10 AM at Undercliff Picnic Area (PIP Exit 1 in Englewood Cliffs — click here for directions) will be “Fishermen’s Village.” Hikers will explore the mysterious ruins of Undercliff Bathhouse, built in 1922 for the crowds that swam in the river. After exploring the bathhouse, hikers will walk up into the woods to a small 19th-century graveyard and learn the story of “Fishermen’s Village,” which existed at the site before the park was created.

Undercliff Bathhouse, circa 1930. Fishermen's Village beneath the Palisades.

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