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).
School and scout groups can schedule guided hikes and nature walks led by our professional staff. The Palisades are uniquely situated for studying geology and river ecology, though many topics can be covered (woodland ecology, winter ecology, history, invasive plant species, etc.). Hikes range from easy to moderate and can be offered in any part of the park. These programs are subject to staff availability (see calendar below for available dates) — please arrange early. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 201-615-9226 or email Christina Fehre: email@example.com.
- Program fees: For school groups, $35 for each guide per hike + $2 per child. For scout groups, donation of $5 per scout.
Private guided hikes are more appropriate for private groups who are not affiliated with a partnering organization. Fee is $10 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 201-615-9226 or email Christina Fehre: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Types of Hikes
Note: You can check our Hiking pages for route ideas, or we will recommend a route based on the type of hike you choose.
Emphasis on teaching participants about the local ecosystem, history, geology, and/or Hudson River ecology.
Hikes and information are tailored to the requests of the particular group.
Types of Programs:
- River Seining
Marvel at our Hudson River bottom dwellers by examining what we find in our nets, then releasing them for others to explore!
- Scavenger Hunts
Use your intuition and park knowledge to make your way toward treasure and discovery.
- Clean-ups (FREE!)
Show your appreciation for the Palisades by helping us restore its natural beauty.
- Nature Photography
See the park through an artistic eye with other photographers on a guided hike and compare your favorite shots.
Keep warm and roast marshmallows at Alpine Boat Basin.
- Hike the Park
See the park from start to finish by experiencing all 13 miles of the park’s Long Path section.
- Backpacking/Survival Program
Learn how to truly live in the outdoors by getting familiar with essential gear and using the natural resources in a pinch.
This calendar shows dates that have already been reserved for guided hikes and nature walks led by our professional staff. These dates are not available for other bookings.