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).
Frequently Asked Questions
about our Picnic Areas
This page last updated: December 27, 2016
What time does the park open or close?
The Park is open daylight hours from dawn till dusk.
When do you start and stop collecting fees?
We collect fees from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend. Weekdays we collect from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Weekends 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Holiday weekends from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM.
On what days are there no parking fees?
We don’t collect fees at Ross Dock and Englewood on Wednesdays and Thursdays, Alpine Mon. – Thu., Fort Lee Historic Park has metered parking on all days, and Undercliff Picnic Area has no charge.
Why do I have to pay?
Proceeds go to conservation and maintenance of the park.
Do I have to pay if I just wanted to stay for ten minutes?
Is a fee charged if a vehicle is parking only for a short time?
Do residents of neighboring towns have to pay?
Do seniors have to pay?
No. Valid proofs of age are a driver’s license showing an age of 62 or older or a seniors citizens pass issued by the county or state. Free admittance is also granted to any vehicle that has a senior as a passenger. Passes not accepted at Fort Lee Historic Park (metered parking only).
Do veterans have to pay?
Do I have to pay for reentry on the same day?
Not if you show a ticket that was purchased that day. Reentry is not guaranteed if the lot is full. For re-entry into Ross Dock on weekends and holidays after purchasing a ticket at Englewood or Alpine Picnic Areas: A visitor must hand in the ticket they purchased at the other areas and pay an additional $5.00 if they wish to park at Ross Dock. They are then given a $10.00 vehicle entry ticket.
Are credit cards accepted at the booths?
I’m a boater at Alpine Boat Basin/Englewood Boat Basin — do I have to pay at Ross Dock?
Boaters are allowed free admission only if they present their park-issued hang tags.
Do the disabled have to pay?
Yes, unless they present an N.J.D.E.P. Disability Pass. Those passes can be secured through the County Parks Department.
Is this ticket good for the other picnic areas?
Yes, for the day of purchase only. You must pay the difference if a ticket is purchased at Englewood or Alpine and you want to use it to enter Ross Dock. A refund will not be given to anyone wishing to exchange a Ross Dock ticket for an Englewood or Alpine ticket.
Are N.Y. state park passes (Empire Pass) valid at this park?
What Passes do you accept?
Hazard's Boat Ramp Season Pass is available at Park Headquarters for $175, Weekday Parking Pass is available at Headquarters for $30.00. We also accept N.J.D.E.P. senior citizen passes and disability pass. Applications are available at Headquarters from 9 AM to 4:30 PM, Mon. to Fri.
Is alcohol allowed?
Alcohol is prohibited.
Where can I fly a kite?
Flying a kite is prohibited in the Park.
Can I swim in the Hudson River?
Swimming is prohibited in the Park.
Can I drive to Hazard’s to take a picture of the bridge?
No. Only vehicles with trailers or cartop boats are allowed by the boat ramp.
Do you have grills?
At Ross Dock, Englewood, Alpine, and Undercliff Picnic Areas only. On peak season weekends (Mid-May – mid-July) all grills are taken up by 10:30 AM.
Why is the gate at the Edgewater entrance sometimes closed?
The Egdewater gate is closed to control traffic when the park is filled to capacity. Alternative entrances are at Palisade Avenue (Palisades Interstate Parkway Exit 1) and Alpine Approach Road (Palisades Interstate Parkway Exit 2). If it is closed, the gate will remain closed the rest of that day .
Can I ride my bike on the trails?
No. Bike riding is only allowed on paved roads if you are wearing a helmet.
Is fishing allowed? Do I need a permit or license?
Yes. Licenses are not required, but all state fishing rules apply.
Is this a state park?
This is considered a New Jersey State Park.
Are you allowed to bring your own grill?
Yes, but it cannot be placed on the tables.
Are pets allowed?
Pets are only allowed in the picnic areas to access trails, where they must be on a leash at all times.
Can I reserve tables and chairs for a party this weekend?
Reservation of a picnic area can be done only by securing a permit from Park Headquarters: Monday to Friday 9 AM to 4 PM.
Can my friend reserve a parking spot for me?
Parking spots cannot be reserved.