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).
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.
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!
- Always tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to be back. This is just good hiking sense, no matter where you go.
- Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes that are not brand new. Ankle support is crucial, especially on the Giant Stairs. Shoes not broken in will likely cause blisters.
- Bring plenty of water — and drink it as you go. Some basic first aid supplies are always a good idea, too, as are some snacks.
- Dress or pack for all possible weather conditions predicted for that day. Layers are the wisest way to dress for the outdoors — you can add or remove as you go. We also recommend long-sleeved clothing, even in warmer weather. Poison ivy thrives on the Palisades. Ticks are common. Long clothing with a spray of repellent at the cuffs is your best defense.
- Look out for poisonous snakes. The copperhead is relatively common here, if seldom seen. Snakes tend to be shy, so watch your step — and don’t reach where you cannot see. These animals are important members of the natural community and are protected by law! They do not attack but will defend themselves if disturbed or cornered.
- Your dog is welcome to enjoy our trails with you, but must be kept on a leash at all times. Please clean up after your pet.
- The steepness and erodibility of our trails make them unsuitable for cycling.
Click to download our advisory for park visitors (about ticks, poison ivy, and other concerns).
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.
“Carpenter’s Loop” | Moderate | About 5.5 mi., 2.5 hrs. round-trip (with an opportunity to shorten by about half).
Click to download a map keyed to a hike description that starts and ends at Englewood Picnic Area, headed north.
“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.
Click to download a map keyed to a hike description that starts and ends at Alpine Picnic Area, headed south.
“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.
Click to download a map keyed to two hike descriptions that start and end at Alpine Picnic Area, headed north.
“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.
Click to download a map keyed to three hike descriptions that start and end at State Line Lookout.
“Peanut Leap Cascade” | Moderate | About 2.5 mi., 2 hrs. round-trip.
“The Giant Stairs” |Challenging, with a difficult rock scramble | About 4 mi., 3 hrs. round-trip.
“Women’s Federation Monument” | Easy | About 2 mi.,1 hr. round-trip.
Public hiking tours are conducted throughout the year in the park — check our calendar for upcoming dates.