Follow us on Facebook   Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey on Twitter   Follow us on Instagram

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!
Injured Animal Information
Please click here to learn more.


Park Maps


Open / Closed in the Park:

Memorial Day Weekend Information

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29
See below for information on park operations during the holiday weekend, or click here for a summary.

Updated: May 28, 2017

Fees Notice
Parking fee collection begins Memorial Day weekend at picnic areas and boat basins.

Allison Park: Open daylight hours.
Alpine Boat Basin: Gas dock open Thu, 9 AM – 4:30 PM | Fri to Sun, 9 AM – 5:30 PM | closed Mon, Tue, Wed. Parking fee $5 (cash only) weekends & holidays.

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Alpine park entrance only.
Mon, May 29: Gas dock OPEN.

Alpine Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Parking fee $5 (cash only) weekends & holidays. Kearney House open most weekend and holiday afternoons.

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Alpine park entrance only.

Englewood Boat Basin: Please contact J.M. Englewood Marina: 201-568-1328. Parking fee $5 (cash only) Fri–Tue.

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Englewood Cliffs park entrance only.

Englewood Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Parking fee $5 (cash only) Fri–Tue. Snack Shack open Tue to Fri, 10 AM – 4 PM | Sat & Sun, 10 AM – 6 PM | closed Mon. (Regular parking fee applies for Snack Shack customers.)

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Englewood Cliffs park entrance only.

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.
Greenbrook Sanctuary: Open daylight hours (membership required).
Hazard’s Ramp: Open daylight hours. Parking fees (cash only) Fri–Tue $20 for trailer launch, $10 for car-top launch.

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Englewood Cliffs park entrance only.

Henry Hudson Drive: Open daylight hours.

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Edgewater park entrance to Ross Dock circle + Undercliff Picnic Area to Alpine circle CLOSED to vehicles.

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. Parking fees (cash only) $10 weekends & holidays, $5 Mon, Tue, Fri.

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Englewood Cliffs park entrance only.

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
ONGOING: Intermittent closures on Shore Trail from Englewood to Ross Dock for construction.

Undercliff Picnic Area: Open daylight hours (no parking fee).

Memorial Day Weekend Information
Sat–Sun–Mon, May 27–29: Vehicle access from Englewood Cliffs park entrance only.

*Scheduled maintenance closures are subject to change due to weather and other factors.

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

Ross Dock Picnic Area is a large scenic riverfront picnic area just north of the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey (directions). Grounds are open year-round during daylight hours. (Restrooms may be closed in winter.) On weekdays from May through September a parking fee of $5 is charged (cash only); on weekends and holidays, the parking fee is $10 (cash only).


GPS: 40.860425, -73.955772

For current hours of operation at Ross Dock Picnic Area, please check the sidebar >

Parking fees at picnic areas are collected from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend. Weekday collection is from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Weekend collection is from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Holiday weekend collection is from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM. Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about our picnic areas.

Ross Dock Picnic Area features picnic tables, some grills (visitors are permitted to bring their own), a large children’s playground, restrooms, water, and waste receptacles, as well as access to fishing and crabbing, access to our trail system and Henry Hudson Drive, and access to a boat launching ramp for both trailered boats under 24 feet and car-top boats (canoe and kayak) at Hazard’s Dock.

A refreshment stand, with drinks, snacks, ice cream, and picnic and barbecue supplies, is open on weekends in the summer.

Visitors grilling up some lunch at Ross Dock. Ross Dock playground Overhead view of Ross Dock Picnic Area. Ross Dock Picnic Area at sunset. Ross Dock Picnic Area at sunset.

 

Carpenter’s Grove, just south of the main Ross Dock picnic area, is a picnic grove that is set aside for the use of groups by permit.

Carpenter's Grove at the Ross Dock Picnic Area. Carpenter's Grove at the Ross Dock Picnic Area looking north. Carpenter's Grove at the Ross Dock Picnic Area. Roadway to Carpenter's Grove at the Ross Dock Picnic Area.


GPS: 40.856306, -73.958514

Group Picnic Brochure

Click to download an advisory for park visitors (about ticks, poison ivy, and other concerns) and to download our picnic policy.

Advisory for hikers (.pdf) Picnic Policy


Click to download a map keyed to a hike description that starts and ends at Ross Dock Picnic Area.

Ross Dock Hike

“Carpenter’s Loop” | Moderate | About 5.5 mi., 2.5 hrs. round-trip (with an opportunity to shorten by about half).


The Ross Dock area in history…

Ross Dock Picnic Area is just north of the site of the Carpenter Brothers’ Quarry, the largest and most notorious of the Palisades quarries of the late 1800s. Much of the present-day picnic area was built on sunken barges and other landfill from the quarry days.

Carpenter Brothers' Quarry, 1897

During the early 1900s, Ross Dock was a summer camp for families from New York City.

The Ross Dock Camp Colony, 1932. (s1252)


Virtual Tour of Ross Dock Picnic Area

Ross Dock panorama. Ross Dock panorama. Ross Dock panorama. Ross Dock panorama. Ross Dock panorama. Ross Dock panorama. Ross Dock panorama. Ross Dock panorama. Ross Dock panorama. Ross Dock panorama. Ross Dock panorama. Ross Dock panorama. Ross Dock panorama. Ross Dock panorama. Ross Dock panorama. Ross Dock panorama. Ross Dock panorama. Ross Dock panorama.

Carpenter’s Grove

Carpenter's Grove panorama. Carpenter's Grove panorama. Carpenter's Grove panorama. Carpenter's Grove panorama. Carpenter's Grove panorama.

Top of page