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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:

Road Closed
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).

WARNING!
Due to hazardous conditions, this closure will be strictly enforced. Violators are subject to summonses.

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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).

There are about thirty miles of trails in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey that offer opportunities for hikers ranging from easy riverside strolls to challenging rock scrambles.

Trails are open year-round during daylight hours only.

Hiking on the Palisades Peanut Leap Cascade The Long Path

Accident, fire, emergency: 201-768-6001. Please call this number before calling 911 in the park.

Perhaps because of our proximity to New York City, many first-time Palisades hikers are surprised at how rugged our trails can be. Please be prepared!

Some tips:

Click to download our advisory for park visitors (about ticks, poison ivy, and other concerns).

Advisory for hikers (.pdf)


Hikers can download our park brochure for a full map of the park, but for mobile devices or home printers, it may be more convenient to download one or more of the maps below, presented from south to north in the park, and which include a second page with simple hike descriptions and tips for hikers.

EASY hikes can be completed in two hours or less by hikers with little or no hiking experience, including school-age children who are among the group.

MODERATE hikes will take two hours or more to complete, and parts of the route traverse some significant slopes or rugged trails. Younger children may find these hikes too difficult. Older children and adults should be in good shape and relatively confident of their hiking abilities.

CHALLENGING hikes are better suited to hikers who have some real hiking experience. The trails are rugged and have steep slopes. These hikes may take over three hours, and younger children may not be able to complete them. Older children and adults should be in good shape and confident of their hiking abilities.


Click to download a map keyed to a hike description that starts and ends at Fort Lee Historic Park.

Note: You can also download this same hike set to begin and end at Ross Dock Picnic Area, or download this same hike set to begin and end at Englewood Picnic Area.

Fort Lee Hike

“Carpenter’s Loop” | Moderate | About 5.5 mi., 2.5 hrs. round-trip (with an opportunity to shorten by about half).

View of the George Washington Bridge.


Click to download a map keyed to a hike description that starts and ends at Englewood Picnic Area, headed north.

Alpine Hike

“Clinton Point” | Challenging | About 8 mi., 5 hrs. round-trip. Hike accessible by public transportation from the Greenbrook entrance in Tenafly— see hike description and adjust route accordingly.

Near the top of the Huyler’s Landing Trail on the “Clinton Point” hike. Huyler’s Landing on the “Clinton Point” hike.


Click to download a map keyed to a hike description that starts and ends at Alpine Picnic Area, headed south.

Alpine Hike

“Huyler’s Landing History Hike” | Moderate | About 5 mi., 3.5 hrs. round-trip. Hike accessible by public transportation from the Closter Dock trailhead — see hike description. Hikers can also use Park Headquarters as start/end point for this hike and adjust route accordingly.

Fall foliage colors the Palisades


Click to download a map keyed to two hike descriptions that start and end at Alpine Picnic Area, headed north.

Alpine Hike

“Cape Fly Away” | Easy | About 3 mi., 1.5 hrs. round-trip (with an opportunity to shorten by about half for an easy hike).

“Bombay Hook” | Challenging | About 7 mi., 5 hrs. round-trip. Hike accessible by public transportation from the Forest View trailhead — see hike description. Hikers can also use Park Headquarters as start/end point for this hike and adjust route accordingly.

Bombay Hook.


Click to download a map keyed to three hike descriptions that start and end at State Line Lookout.

State Line Hikes

“Peanut Leap Cascade” | Moderate | About 2.5 mi., 2 hrs. round-trip.

Along the Shore Trail headed toward Peanut Leap Cascade. Peanut Leap Cascade.

“The Giant Stairs” |Challenging, with a difficult rock scramble | About 4 mi., 3 hrs. round-trip.

Start of a hike on the Giant Stairs, looking at the new panoramic sign at State Line Lookout. Hiking the Giant Stairs: crossing the bridge over the Forest View ravine. Hiking the Giant Stairs. Hiking the Giant Stairs. Hiking the Giant Stairs. Hiking along a shaded section of the Giant Stairs. Hiking through a break in the boulder field of the Giant Stairs. Hiking on the northern end of the Giant Stairs. Coming up from the Giant Stairs on the Long Path, at High Gutter Point.

“Women’s Federation Monument” | Easy | About 2 mi.,1 hr. round-trip.

A stop at the Women’s Federation Monument.


Public hiking tours are conducted throughout the year in the park — check our calendar for upcoming dates.

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