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).
“Sea Glass Hunt!” — a special summertime adventure for children | Sunday, July 16, 2017
The historic Kearney House in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey will again sponsor a “Sea Glass Hunt!” on Sunday morning, July 16. The riverfront adventure will be led by the staff of the historic house and will be held “drizzle or shine.” Participants will meet at 10:30 AM by the entrance booth to the park’s Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin. There is a $5, cash-only parking fee charged at the area, but admission to the program is free and open to all, and advance registration is NOT required.
The focus of the morning will be “sea glass,” shards of glass that have been in the river long enough — in some cases, a century or more — that their sharp edges have been rounded smooth. Fragments of plates and pottery, even bricks, also rounded by time and tide, are also commonly found along the shore, as are shells from clams and oysters. Besides being unique and often collectible, each piece of sea glass tells a story of days past, of steamboats and sloops and the river’s rich maritime history.
The program will start with a short, half-mile hike along the Palisades Shore Trail to a small sandy cove where the tides deposit an unusual amount of sea glass. The trail is relatively easy but crosses over some stone stairways (strollers cannot be used on this trail, so that very young children may need to be carried). The group will spend about half an hour exploring the beach and then return to the start point by noon.
Participants may wish to bring a sturdy container for their collected “treasure.”
Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin is accessible from Alpine Approach Road which begins at the park’s Alpine park entrance off U.S. Route 9W north of Closter Dock Road or at PIP Exit 2 (click here for detailed directions). Participants should wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, such as sneakers or hiking boots, and long-sleeved clothing is recommended for protection from poison ivy and ticks. Insect repellant 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 the program to confirm.