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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).

Our professional staff can present these informative programs to groups at locations throughout the Metropolitan area.


“Cliff Shots: A Photographer’s Exploration of the New Jersey Palisades”

In this program, Anthony Taranto, who has served as our staff photographer since 2002, shares some of his favorite images of the Palisades — along with the stories behind them. The images capture both the landscape and the people who come to it to relax, to exercise, to learn, and to admire the beauty of this “great playground next door.”

Forest View area George Washington Bridge Peanut Leap Cascade Fog in winter

This illustrated talk is about an hour long, with a question-and-answer period. The suggested donation is $100.00, payable to Palisades Interstate Park Commission. To book this program: 201-768-1360 ext. 107 or ataranto@njpalisades.org.

Letter of thanks to Anthony Taranto for presenting “A Day on the Rocks” at the J.C.C. in Tenafly.

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“The Unknown Palisades: A Slideshow through Time”

Through images and narrative, historical interpreter Eric Nelsen brings the story of the Palisades to life: from fishermen’s villages to palatial estates, the epic struggle to preserve the ancient cliffs, and the thriving beaches and campgrounds of the Depression and New Deal era.

View from Cape Fly Away looking north toward Bombay Hook, late 1800s. Cliff Dale manor house. Carpenter Brothers' Quarry, 1897 Bloomer's Beach, 1932. (s1191)

This illustrated talk is about an hour long, with a question-and-answer period. The suggested donation is $100.00, payable to Palisades Interstate Park Commission. To book this program: 201-768-1360 ext. 108 or enelsen@njpalisades.org.

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“The Ghosts of Undercliff”

There was a time when the Palisades riverfront bustled with diverse communities of rivermen and their families. Through images and narrative, historical interpreter Eric Nelsen sheds light on these forgotten people and places — and how, hidden in plain sight, the life of the river communities went on after the creation of the Palisades Interstate Park .

Mrs. Andrew Jackson Crum at her home beneath the Palisades, late 1800s. Catherine “Kitty” Brown, a descendent of Bergen County slaves, at the home she shared with her siblings at Huyler’s Landing beneath the Palisades in the late 1800s. Man at a dock along the Palisades, late 1800s. Captain John Jordan, the park's first police captain, c. 1914.

This illustrated talk is about an hour long, with a question-and-answer period. The suggested donation is $100.00, payable to Palisades Interstate Park Commission. To book this program: 201-768-1360 ext. 108 or enelsen@njpalisades.org.

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“Millionaire’s Row on the Palisades: A Glimpse of the Gilded Edge”

Artists, captains of industry, eccentrics — all were among the men and women who, from the time of the Civil War through the Great Depression, had unique and often lavish homes built upon the precipices of the Palisades. Through images and narrative, historical interpreter Eric Nelsen brings the story of the grand estates — and the families and servants who lived at them — to vibrant life.

Cliff Dale manor house. George A. Zabriskie Circa 1940 photograph of the pergola on the grounds of “Cliffside,” estate of the Lawrence family. The main house on the Burnett estate.

This illustrated talk is about an hour long, with a question-and-answer period. The suggested donation is $100.00, payable to Palisades Interstate Park Commission. To book this program: 201-768-1360 ext. 108 or enelsen@njpalisades.org.

Letter of thanks to Eric Nelsen for presenting “Millionaire’s Row on the Palisades” at the J.C.C. in Tenafly.

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