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Open / Closed in the Park:

Updated: January 12, 2018 (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. Kearney House closed for season.

Construction Closure
Plaza restrooms closed for repairs.

Englewood Boat Basin: Please contact J.M. Englewood Marina: 201-568-1328.
Englewood Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Snack Shack closed for season.

Construction Closure
Restrooms closed for repairs.

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: Edgewater park entrance to Englewood Cliffs park entrance (including Ross Dock & Englewood area access) + Alpine park entrance to Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin open daylight hours, conditions permitting.

Seasonal Closure
Englewood Cliffs park entrance north to Alpine circle closed to vehicles for season (Dyckman Hill Road to Englewood Picnic Area & Boat Basin remains open, conditions permitting).

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.
Trails: Open daylight hours.

Ongoing Project
Intermittent closures on Shore Trail from Englewood to Ross Dock for construction.

Undercliff Picnic Area: Open daylight hours.

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Check the Parkway Police Twitter feed for emergency updates on roads and other conditions in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey.

As a natural park in a metropolitan setting, with 12 miles of Hudson River waterfront, the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey offers unique opportunities to observe and learn about how we interact with the natural world.


With twelve miles of Hudson River shoreline, debris washes ashore in the park on a daily basis. Debris left on the shore as the tide recedes is called “tidewrack,” and it includes both natural debris, like branches and leaves, and trash.


After Winter Storm Jonas — which hit during the full-moon high tide at the end of January 2016 — our shoreline was inundated with tidewrack. We picked through a 37-foot cluster at Bloomer’s Beach to see what we would find in it…

37-foot cluster of tidewrack at Bloomer’s Beach

It turned out that the human rubbish from this 37 feet of tidewrack included 57 plastic bottles, an aluminum can, 4 Mylar balloons, 3 tampon applicators, a boat fender, the armrest from a chair, 8 balls, a fishing bobber — and many pieces of styrofoam.

Rubbish from the tidewrack.

What else can you find…?

Rubbish from the tidewrack.

Winter 2016

“Picnic Litter”

Sometimes it’s the little stuff that adds up. From one typical weekend this summer at Ross Dock Picnic Area in Fort Lee, five of our Operations staff members collected 116 bread bag clips, 40 bread bag ties, 66 flattened beer bottle caps, and 52 soda can tabs.

116 bread bag clips. 40 bread bag ties. 66 flattened beer bottle caps. 52 soda can tabs.

Other things that were collected that weekend included Snapple caps, plastic bottle caps, plastic cap ring seals, 688 plastic water bottle caps, your standard plastic bags, napkins, paper plates and plastic cups, plastic dinner ware, balloons, etc, … and 649 beer bottle caps (even though alcohol is prohibited in the park).

649 beer bottle caps (even though alcohol is prohibited in the park).

Park staff and volunteers spend hundreds of hours a year collecting litter. If litter were not an issue, those hours could be used for other beautification and maintenance projects.

Summer 2016


Balloons create litter.

Balloons often end up miles away from the parties they were meant to liven up. When they land in our waterways and forests, they are not only unsightly — they can cause harm to wildlife. Most of these photos were taken during the off-season months in the park, when the forgotten balloons are more visible.

Balloons create litter. Balloons create litter. Balloons create litter.

Balloons create litter. Balloons create litter. Balloons create litter.

Balloons create litter.

Once you release a balloon into the air, it’s not really “gone.” The materials used in the balloons (even the so-called “biodegradable” ones), as well as the ribbons they are tied to, can tangle up birds and other animals or be injested by marine animals, often killing them. These materials can remain in the environment for years, continuing to do harm.

Balloons create litter. Balloons create litter. Balloons create litter. Balloons create litter. Balloons create litter.

Balloons create litter.

To learn more about this important topic, including ways to liven your event without balloons, visit

Summer 2017

“Animal Releases”

Balloons create litter.

The release of animals in the park is prohibited — and often cruel. This white dove was probably part of a wedding celebration. Almost certainly, it will not survive in the park for long.

Fall 2017

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