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).
Special events are held throughout the year in the park. Unless indicated, park programs are free and open to all, and advance registration is NOT required. Check our calendar page for upcoming dates and meeting places.
A sampling of the types of events held:
Hiking tours for many different interests and ability levels, led by our professional staff, are scheduled throughout the year. Some of these are themed, including our popular “history hikes,” guided hikes for dogs (and their owners!), and hikes for children and their parents, while other hikes are simply recreational. Guided hikes are free and open to all (parking fees may be in effect), and advance registration is never required to attend. Hikes are typically held “drizzle or shine.” Click here to see what guided hikes are coming up next in the park…!
- For information about guided hikes for groups, please click here.
“Music on the Rocks”
On several evenings during the warm weather months, outdoor concerts are held at State Line Lookout. There is a small admission fee, and food is available. Adult visitors may bring their own beer or wine to enjoy.
Events are held each year at the Kearney House during which participants are invited to experience a nineteenth-century Hudson River tavern. Some of these programs are “open-house” and appropriate for children as well as adults, with no reservations required. Other “tavern” programs are for adults and require reservations. Click here to see what’s coming up next “at Mrs. Kearney’s Tavern”…!
“Hooked on the Hudson”
Co-sponsored with the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association and held in early spring at Ross Dock Picnic Area, this event features a fishing contest, fun and activities for children, exhibits by environmental groups, and more. Admission is free (parking fee may be in effect).
“Hudson River Barn Dance” & Beach Fires
Held at Alpine Pavilion, this event features a live band and dance caller Dave Harvey. Several times a year we also host a full moon campfire on the beach in front of the pavilion. Both these programs are free and open to all. Check the calendar to see when our next Barn Dance or bonfire will be held!
The Kearney House staff leads these summertime hiking adventures for children on weekday mornings in August. Each hike meets at 10 AM at a different place in the park and covers about 3 mi. in about 2 hrs. over relatively easy trails. For children ages five and up. Check our calendar for meeting places.
This week-long summer day camp adventure is held toward the end of each summer. Suggested age range is 8 to 12 years, and reservations are required.
“Hawks Over the Hudson”
Sponsored with the Nature Program Cooperative, this annual event is held at State Line Lookout around the first weekend in October and includes live birds of prey with the Delaware Valley Raptor Center, presented during our ongoing State Line Hawk Watch. Admission is free.
Retreat Weekend: “The Times that Try Men’s Souls”
This commemoration of the 1776 British invasion of New Jersey and the beginning of the Continental Army’s strategic “Retreat to Victory” is held each year at Fort Lee Historic Park on the weekend closest to the historic date of November 20. It includes reenactments of eighteenth-century life and weapon and battle demonstrations. Admission is free (parking fee is in effect).
Other Programs at Fort Lee Historic Park
Throughout the year, informative lecture programs and film screenings are held in the auditorium at the Visitor Center at Fort Lee Historic Park, many of them cosponsored with partner organizations such as the Fort Lee Film Commission or the Nature Program Cooperative. Check our calendar for upcoming dates.