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).
From September through early November, volunteer observers record the migration of raptors at State Line Lookout, from 9 AM to 4 PM, volunteer availability and weather conditions permitting.
Visitors are always welcome at the hawk watch (binoculars recommended).
State Line Hawk Watch (40.9897°N, 73.9061°W), sponsored with the Hawk Migration Association of North America (click here to go to HMANA’s State Line page), was founded in 1997 and is one of around a dozen official New Jersey hawk watch sites.
Most of the fourteen species of hawks and two species of vultures that occur regularly in New Jersey are seen here each fall. Most are migrants that nest in New England and Canada, while several species, such as the red-tailed hawk, are also year-round residents in the park.
The table below shows an approximate time frame for migrant species. Peak migration will usually occur near the middle of the time frame, but smaller numbers of each species may occur before or after the peak.
|Species||Peak Migration Period|
|Late Aug. through early Oct.|
|Bald eagle||Late Aug. through Sept., late Oct. through mid-Nov. (also some local birds).|
|Golden eagle||Late Oct. through mid-Nov.|
|Sharp-shinned hawk||Sept. through Oct.|
|Late Sept. through Oct.|
|Oct. through Nov.|
|Broad-winged hawk||Sept. (most in mid-month).|
|Red-shouldered hawk||Oct. through mid-Nov.|
|Red-tailed hawk||Oct. through Nov. (also active local population).|
|Rough-legged hawk||Nov. and later (rare).|
|American kestrel||Late Aug. through early Oct.|
|Mid-Sept. through mid-Oct.|
|Peregrine falcon||Mid-Sept. through Oct. (also active local population).|
|Throughout the season.|
|Black vulture||Throughout the season (also active local population).|
|Mid-Oct. through Nov. (also active local population).|
Weather is a major factor in producing heavy flights: in general, the first or second day after a cold front, with winds out of the north, will bring the greatest number of birds.
- See “Fishermen of the Sky” for more about raptors.