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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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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.

Hawk watching during the annual “Hawks Over the Hudson” event at State Line Lookout.

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

Bald eagle.

Late Aug. through Sept., late Oct. through mid-Nov. (also some local birds).
Golden eagle

Golden eagle.

Late Oct. through mid-Nov.
Sharp-shinned hawk

Sharp-shinned hawk.

Sept. through Oct.

Cooper’s hawk

Cooper's Hawk.

Late Sept. through Oct.

Northern goshawk

Northern goshawk.

Oct. through Nov.
Broad-winged hawk

Broad-winged hawk.

Sept. (most in mid-month).
Red-shouldered hawk

Red-shouldered hawk.

Oct. through mid-Nov.
Red-tailed hawk

Red-tailed hawk

Oct. through Nov. (also active local population).
Rough-legged hawk Nov. and later (rare).
American kestrel

American kestrel.

Late Aug. through early Oct.



Mid-Sept. through mid-Oct.
Peregrine falcon

Peregrine falcon.

Mid-Septthrough Oct. (also active local population).

Northern harrier

Northern harrier.

Throughout the season.
Black vulture

Black vulture.

Throughout the season (also active local population).

Turkey vulture

Turkey vulture.

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.

Hawk identification sign that is placed at State Line Lookout during the hawk watch period.

Vultures congregate in a tree near the hawk watch. Vultures congregate in a tree near the hawk watch.

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