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).
The Palisades Interstate Parkway, completed in 1958, provides a scenic 42-mile ride from the George Washington Bridge to the Bear Mountain Bridge. About 11 miles of the Parkway are in New Jersey, from the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee to the New York state line at Alpine.
The Parkway is limited to passenger cars and motorcycles only. Trucks and cars pulling trailers, R.V.s/motor homes, and cars or pickup trucks with commercial or combination plates or business markings or advertising are prohibited on the Parkway. Buses or vehicles seating 15 or more people must have a permit.
Our Directions page has directions for getting onto the Palisades Interstate Parkway in New Jersey.
Motorists should keep alert for regular maintenance work and similar situations while traveling on the Palisades Interstate Parkway.
For current hours of operation for the Palisades Interstate Parkway in New Jersey, please check the sidebar >
The Palisades Interstate Park Commission in New Jersey is a New Jersey State agency and is covered under Title 59 regarding Tort actions. For damage claims please contact the New Jersey Division of Risk Management (http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/riskmgt/).
Three overlooks in New Jersey offer views of the Palisades, the Hudson River, and the New York skyline:
- Rockefeller Lookout (el. 400 feet) is a pull-off overlook in Englewood Cliffs, about 1 mile north of Parkway Exit 1, opposite Spuyten Duyvil and accessible from the northbound Parkway only. No restrooms or other facilities are provided. Rockefeller Lookout is open 24 hours.
GPS: 40.892558, -73.941056
- Alpine Lookout (el. 430 feet) is a pull-off overlook in Alpine, about 3 miles north of Parkway Exit 1, opposite Yonkers and accessible from the northbound Parkway only. No restrooms or other facilities are provided. Alpine Lookout is open 24 hours.
GPS: 40.930728, -73.926672
- State Line Lookout (el. 530 feet) has its own unnumbered exit in Alpine, New Jersey, about 2 miles north of Parkway Exit 2, accessible directly from the northbound Parkway and via a median U-turn from the southbound Parkway. A refreshment stand, gift shop, and restrooms are available (portable toilets are available when the refreshment stand is closed). State Line Lookout is open during daylight hours only.
Gas stations are located in New Jersey on both the southbound and northbound Parkway, south of Exit 1 in Englewood Cliffs. They are open 24 hours. (There is also a gas station about 2 mi. north of the New York state line, in the median and accessible to both north- and southbound traffic, also open 24 hours.)
Parkway exits in New Jersey, listed south-to-north:
- George Washington Bridge (southbound only — toll): I-95 north, New England; New York City; Long Island.
- Fort Lee, New Jersey Highways (southbound only, bear left at the split for the exit to the George Washington Bridge): Lemoine Avenue, local streets, Routes 1 & 9, 4, 46, I-80, I-95.
- Hudson Terrace (southbound only, the last exit before the toll for the Bridge, unless bearing left as described above): Fort Lee, Englewood Cliffs, Edgewater; Fort Lee Historic Park.
- Exit 1: Palisade Ave., Englewood Cliffs, Englewood; U.S. Route 9W; Dyckman Hill Road/Henry Hudson Drive, Englewood Picnic Area & Boat Basin, Undercliff Picnic Area, Ross Dock Picnic Area.
- Exit 2: U.S. Route 9W, Alpine, Closter; Park Headquarters; Alpine Approach Road/Henry Hudson Drive, Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin, the Kearney House.
- Exit 3 (southbound only, U-turn available from northbound Parkway): U.S. Route 9W; Alpine Boy Scout Camp.
- State Line Lookout (northbound exit, U-turn available from southbound Parkway).
- Exit 4: U.S. Route 9W.
A brief history of the Parkway:
- A “Palisades Parkway” was first proposed in 1928.
- Plans took shape in the 1930s, aided by a major gift of land from John D. Rockefeller Jr.
- The route was surveyed by the Works Progress Administration. The WPA also handled the demolition of several mansions that stood in the Parkway’s path.
- Construction began in New York in 1947, in New Jersey in 1948.
- A “demonstration mile” for the public opened in New Jersey in 1950.
- The final section in New Jersey was opened in Alpine on June 22, 1957. On August 28, 1958, the final five-mile section in New York, between Tappan and Nanuet, was opened to traffic.
- In 1998 the National Park Service designated the Palisades Interstate Parkway as a National Landmark.
- Over 60,000 cars use the Parkway each day.
- The Palisades Interstate Parkway has been designated a Scenic Byway.