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).
Click to download a full copy of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission’s regulations (23 pages, last updated Sept. 2015).
Below is a partial listing of park regulations that are most important to visitors. If you have questions or concerns, please call our administrative offices: 201-768-1360.
Accidents of any kind should be reported to the Park Police 201-768-6001 or nearest Park employee as soon as possible. Due to the configuration of the park and the interference caused by the cliffs, patrons are urged to contact the Park Police before calling 911.
Alcoholic beverages, including beer, wine, whiskey or other intoxicating beverages may not be dispensed, sold, or possessed with intent to consume except pursuant to a permit issued by the commission, and then only in accordance with conditions and limitations specified in the permit. [410.1(n)(1)]
Bicycles are permitted on Henry Hudson Drive from Edgewater to Alpine, including Alpine Approach Road, provided that a helmet is worn at all times, cyclists stay right and groups ride single file. [410.1(q)]
Bicycles, including mountain bikes, are not allowed on the pathways at Fort Lee Historic Park and Allison Park, on the Parkway, on Dyckman Hill Road, or on any park trails. The Drive and other park roads are closed to bicycles during hazardous conditions (see below). [412.2]
Trailered boats up to 24’ in length can be launched only from Hazard’s Ramp in the Ross Dock Area. Car-top boats may be launched from Hazard’s Ramp, Ross Dock Beach, Bloomers Beach and Alpine Beach. Patrons shall comply with all applicable State laws and regulations pertaining to boating. [409.1(m)(3)]
- DECORATIONS, MARKINGS & SIGNAGE
No decorations, markings, or signage shall be affixed to, drawn on, or hung on any park building, sign, gate, post, road, wall, tree, stone, or other structure without the approval of the Superintendent. This shall include but not be limited to paint, balloons, posters, signs, chalk, banners, etc. [409.1(a)(g)(h)]
Fires for cooking are permitted in designated picnic areas only and are prohibited at Allison Park, Fort Lee Historic Park, State Line Lookout, on hiking trails, and in wooded areas due to danger of forest fires. Fires must be contained in a grill, barbecue, or fire ring suitable for that purpose. Ground fires, garbage-can fires, and candles are prohibited. Grills are not permitted on tables, in any structure, or under any building overhang. Coals must be extinguished before being disposed in coal barrels. Patrons are permitted to bring their own grills and fuel. [410.1(d)]
Fishing and crabbing are permitted from the docks and along the seawall. Licenses are not necessary, but activities are subject to the regulations of the NJDEP. All State size and possession limits apply. [410.1(o)]
Anyone over the age of 16 fishing must hold a New Jersey Saltwater Registry permit. (The permit is free — click here for more information.)
- FLORA & FAUNA
Destruction, damage, or removal of trees, shrubs, flowers and other plant life is prohibited. Hunting is strictly prohibited and animals shall not be introduced to or removed from park property. [408.1(e)] [408.1(m)(o)]
- HENRY HUDSON DRIVE
From time to time, the Drive may be temporarily closed for maintenance work, emergency situations, such as rockslides and tree falls, or when traffic control measures are implemented. At such times, the Drive is closed to all vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians. When a barrier or sign has been put in place by the Park on any of its roadways, the roadway beyond that barrier is to be considered closed for ALL use. [408.1(h)]
Park areas are open during daylight hours only, dawn to dusk. [408.1(h)]
- LITTER & RECYCLING
All garbage must be disposed of in receptacles provided for that purpose. Littering, polluting, and dumping on Park lands or in Park waters are prohibited. Please separate aluminum, glass, and plastics from your trash and place in marked receptacles. [408.1(c)]
- LOST & FOUND
Found articles should be turned over the Park Police. Lost articles can be retrieved at the Park Police Headquarters on the first floor of Park Headquarters in Alpine. [407.]1
Loud and unreasonable noise is prohibited. Music is permitted in the picnic areas at a reasonable volume that does not disturb other Park patrons or disrupt Park events. [408.1(f)(8)]
Permits are required for 1) picnics or outings involving 25 or more participants, 2) buses or vehicles seating 15 or more people, 3) photography or filming not intended for personal use, 4) facility rentals, and 5) educational research. Permits must be obtained in advance from Park Headquarters during regular business hours. [409.1]
Pets are prohibited in any picnic area, on the pathways at Fort Lee Historic Park and Allison Park, and in any building operated by the Commission. Properly leashed they may be taken on trails. Owners must clean-up after their pet. [410.1(m)]
- PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES
Swimming, cliff climbing, hunting, trapping, horseback riding, metal detecting, snowmobiling, gambling, advertising, soliciting, vending, and overnight parking are prohibited. [408.1]
- PROHIBITED ARTICLES
Possession or use of drugs, alcohol, fireworks, explosives, firearms, bows and arrows, axes, chain saws, and other weapons or cutting tools are prohibited. [408.1]
- PROHIBITED VEHICLES
Commercial vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, motorized bicycles, animal-drawn vehicles, snowmobiles, and any scooter, moped, or other similar motorized vehicle with wheel diameters less than 15 inches are prohibited. [412.2]
- PROPERTY DAMAGE
Defacing, destroying, or otherwise altering Park property is prohibited. No permanent markings may be made on any tree, rock, road, or structure. [408.1(e)]
- REGULATED ACTIVITIES
Group picnics, weddings, wedding ceremonies, wedding pictures, commercial and non-profit photography, walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons, live entertainment, and catering services are regulated activities requiring a permit issued by the Superintendent. [409.1]
Vehicles must pay the established fee to enter the park and may only park in designated areas. Parking or stopping along any Park road or parking in undesignated areas is prohibited. Vehicles may not obstruct the flow of traffic. Cars without boat trailers may only use Hazard’s Ramp only if they have a car-top boat. After hours and overnight parking are prohibited. [408.1(g), 411.1(f)(i)(j)]
The Palisades Interstate 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. [412.2]
All subsections are pursuant to N.J.S.A 32:14-20.