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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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Check the Parkway Police Twitter feed for emergency updates on roads and other conditions in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey.

The Kearney House is a historic house that is open to tour from May through October on most weekend and holiday afternoons (no fee). It is also the setting for special events based on its role as a nineteenth-century Hudson River homestead and tavern. The Kearney House is at the north end of Alpine Picnic Area (directions).

Click here to find out about upcoming tavern events at the Kearney House!

Kearney House office is at Park Headquarters, 2nd floor: 201-768-1360 ext. 108 |

For current hours and conditions for the Kearney House, please check the sidebar listing under “Alpine Picnic Area” >

“Behind the Times at Mrs. Kearney’s Tavern.” A cozy fire in the historic Kearney House. Fall at the Kearney House. Limberjack performance at the Kearney House. “Thanksgiving Time at Mrs. Kearney’s tavern.”“Thanksgiving Time at Mrs. Kearney’s tavern.” “Thanksgiving Time at Mrs. Kearney’s tavern.” The fireplace at the Kearney House all dressed up for the holidays.

Fall 2017…

Thanksgiving Time at Mrs. Kearney's tavern

Kearney House Brochure

From the Kearney House brochure:

Listed on the National and New Jersey State Historic Registers as the “Blackledge-Kearney House,” but more familiarly known as the “Kearney House” or the “Cornwallis Headquarters” (it was once thought the British general stayed here for a night in 1776), this house has been a Hudson River homestead, a riverfront tavern, a police station, and a “historic shrine.” Today it helps bring to life two centuries in the story of the Hudson River and the families who depended upon it for their lives and livelihoods. The Kearney House has been preserved by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission with the ongoing assistance of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs.

The Kearney House circa 1897. Photo courtesy of the Lamb family. [0006]

The southern part of the house was built around 1761, when the farmers of Closter, on the other side of the Palisades, built the Closter Dock Road through a pass in the cliffs to the Hudson River. From here they shipped goods to New York City’s markets by sailboat.

The house was most likely built to be a dockmaster’s house, to supervise the busy river landing.

In 1817, James and Rachel Kearney moved into this house. With them were three children from Rachel’s first husband, Abraham Powles, who died two years earlier. James and Rachel had five children of their own before James died in 1831, and Rachel also adopted a daughter.

After James died, Rachel kept a tavern at the house.

Mrs. Rachel Kearney.

The northern addition was probably built around 1840, to make room for the tavern.

Besides offering food and spirits, Mrs. Kearney’s tavern served as a meeting place for the captains and crews of the sailing vessels that arrived and departed daily from the docks here, and for the local workforce of quarrymen, dock workers, and tradesmen. Gossip, strongly argued political opinions, the latest joke—all would have been shared within these walls.

The upstairs room in the new addition may have been for lodgers staying at the tavern.

The Palisades Interstate Park Commission bought the house in 1907, and in 1909 had the big porch built as a grandstand for a dedication ceremony for the new park. Through the 1920s, the Commission used the house as a police station.

The Kearney House during the dedication of the Interstate Park, September 27, 1909. [3289]

The Kearney House was badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy. Thanks to the efforts of many individuals and groups (and especially our park maintenance crews!), the Kearney House reopened to the public on July 4, 2014. Read more about the storm and its effect on the park in “What Comes Back” and “Six Months After.”

Emergency framing going up at the Kearney House Repairs after Sandy. Repairs after Sandy. Repairs after Sandy. Repairs after Sandy. Repairs after Sandy.

The Kearney House is on Facebook

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