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Open / Closed in the Park:

Updated: August 11, 2017

Allison Park: Open daylight hours.
Alpine Boat Basin: Gas dock open 9 AM – 4:30 PM on Thu. | 9 AM – 5:30 PM, Fri to Sun | closed Mon, Tue, Wed. Parking fee $5 (cash only), weekends & holidays.
Alpine Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Parking fee $5 (cash only), weekends & holidays. Kearney House open most weekend and holiday afternoons.
Englewood Boat Basin: Please contact J.M. Englewood Marina: 201-568-1328. Parking fee $5 (cash only), Fri to Tue.
Englewood Picnic Area: Open daylight hours. Parking fee $5 (cash only), Fri to Tue. Snack Shack open 10 AM – 4 PM, Tue to Fri | 10 AM – 6 PM, Sat & Sun | closed Mon. (Regular parking fee applies for Snack Shack customers.)
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.

Parking Restrictions
WEEKDAYS: Public parking in south lot only.

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

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State Line Lookout is a scenic overlook on the Palisades with a refreshment stand and gift shop. It is situated at the highest point on the Palisades Cliffs (elevation 520 ft.), about half a mile south of the New Jersey-New York state line. The area is open every day during daylight hours. There is no fee for parking.

State Line Lookout office (at Lookout Inn): 201-750-0465


GPS: 40.989108, -73.906678

State Line Lookout has its own unnumbered exit from the Palisades Interstate Parkway in Alpine, New Jersey, about 2 miles north of Exit 2 (directions, including directions for cyclists or those coming by public transportation). Access to the Lookout is also available for pedestrians and cyclists from Old Route 9W, a 1.5 mile section of concrete highway closed to traffic.

The area provides access to some of the best hiking in the New Jersey Palisades, as well as over five miles of cross-country ski trails. An accessible overlook is also provided, and restrooms are available (during warm weather season, Port-A-Johns are available for when the refreshment stand is closed).

Point Lookout

For current hours of operation at State Line Lookout, please check the sidebar >

Start of a hike on the Giant Stairs, looking at the new panoramic sign at State Line Lookout. Entrance drive to Stateline Lookout. View from Stateline Lookout looking north. View from Stateline Lookout looking north. View from Stateline Lookout looking south.A hiker enjoys the trails at State Line Lookout. A hiker enjoys the trails at State Line Lookout. Ski tracks on Old Route 9W at State Line Lookout. A cross-country skier climbs Old Route 9W at State Line Lookout.A cross-country skier enjoys the trails at State Line Lookout. Cyclists on Old Route 9W.

 

Lookout Inn (State Line Café & bookshop), built in 1937 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), is a refreshment stand and bookshop at State Line Lookout, offering a lunch and snack menu as well as a wide variety of books, gifts, and other items. Books include titles on outdoor activities, nature, and history, with an emphasis on the Hudson River Valley. It is open from 9:30 AM to 5 PM most days except Good Friday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. The building is wheelchair accessible.

For current hours of operation at Lookout Inn, please check the sidebar under State Line Lookout >

Lookout Inn during a late winter snow. The great sounds of Americana from “Tom’s Dream” round out our 2015 “Music on the Rocks” outdoor concert series at State Line Lookout. Car show at Stateline Lookout.

Menu for Lookout Inn.
Click to download Lookout Inn’s menu.

Each fall, a hawk watch is conducted at the Lookout, and the Lookout area plays host to a number of special events throughout the year.

At “Hawks Over the Hudson” 2014: The fall hawk watch at Point Lookout continued throughout the program. Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center with a golden eagle at “Hawks Over the Hudson” at State Line Lookout.

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

Advisory for hikers (.pdf)


Click to download a map keyed to descriptions of three hike that begin and end at State Line Lookout.

State Line Hikes

“Peanut Leap Cascade” | Moderate | About 2.5 mi., 2 hrs. round-trip

“The Giant Stairs” |Challenging, with a difficult rock scramble | About 4 mi., 3 hrs. round-trip

“Women’s Federation Monument” | Easy | About 2 mi.,1 hr. round-trip

A note on winter use: State Line Lookout and Lookout Inn may be closed during a significant weather event. When a barrier has been put in place by the Parkway Police on any roadway, including the access road to the Lookout area, the roadway beyond that barrier is to be considered closed for all use. Those going beyond such a barrier are subject to summonses. The State Line area will be plowed and open for cross-country skiing after the Parkway and other critical park roads have been completely cleared and deemed safe by the Parkway Police. Visitors can expect the area to be open for skiing within 24 hours of the end of a typical storm event.


From the State Line Lookout brochure:

Over 500 feet above the Hudson River, State Line Lookout sits atop the highest point on the New Jersey Palisades. The rock of the Palisades, called diabase, was formed underground by volcanic activity 200 million years ago. Processes of erosion, including the glaciers of the Ice Ages, then uncovered the eastern edge of the buried diabase and shaped it into cliffs. (The name “Palisades” is from the resemblance of the vertical columns of diabase to a palisade-type fence made of upright posts.)

“Lookout Inn”

In 1937, the Works Progress Administration (WPA), one of the “New Deal” agencies of the Great Depression, began construction of a stone refreshment stand at State Line Lookout; the stand opened the following year. (Typical menu items for park refreshment stands at that time included “Hamburger Steak” or “Italian Spaghetti & Meat Sauce” for 35¢, “Corn Beef & Cabbage” or “Spring Lamb” for 50¢ — and beer.) Originally open-air, the building was later enclosed by windows. For many years, water was brought here by truck; in 1980 a well was drilled through hundreds of feet of dense diabase rock beneath the stand. Closed while America fought in World War Two (1942–45), Lookout Inn, with its incomparable views, has remained in operation every year since. Today, along with a tasty snack and lunch menu and friendly service, the Inn offers books about the nature and history of the Hudson River Valley, gifts and souvenirs, travel information — and in winter, a pair of crackling fireplaces.

Lookout Inn is open year-round — parking is free.

“Skunk Hollow”

In 1806 Jack Earnest, a New Jersey slave who had been able to purchase his own freedom, bought five acres of land near here. So began “Skunk Hollow” (probably named for the skunk cabbage that thrives in the area), a settlement of free black families that lived on top of the “Closter Mountain” through the nineteenth century. Today, a church begun in Skunk Hollow still worships in nearby Sparkill, New York, while remnants of the settlement here can be found in the impressive stone walls that crisscross the ski trails west of the Lookout.

“Traversing the Summit”

In horse-and-wagon days, a road called “the Boulevard” ran north–south along the summit of the Palisades. This dirt road was lined by cliff-top estates and it connected with rugged roads on which farm goods were taken to docks on the river below. In 1926, a concrete-paved highway replaced the Boulevard; this became U.S. Route 9W. The park operated a filling station at the Lookout and a policeman controlled a traffic light here on nice weekend days to help people cross the busy highway to the viewpoints. With the construction of the Palisades Interstate Parkway in the 1950s, Route 9W was shifted to the west. Part of the 1926 highway is still used as the entrance road to the Lookout from the Parkway; north of the Lookout, the old highway is now closed to traffic and enjoyed by pedestrians and cyclists.



Virtual Tour of State Line Lookout

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