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).
There are over 30 miles of hiking and ski trails in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey. There is more information on our Hiking page, including tips for hikers.
For current hours of operation for the trails in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey, check the chart in the sidebar >
Two main trails each cover most of the 12-mile length of the Park, here described south-to-north. Both have been designated National Recreation Trails:
Shore Trail (white markers)
The southern trailhead of the Shore Trail is outside the Visitor Center at Fort Lee Historic Park. From there, the Shore Trail goes down the entrance drive and follows the multi-use trail beside Hudson Terrace south to the Edgewater park entrance, descends to the Hudson River, then goes north along the Hudson shore, passing Hazard’s Dock, through Ross Dock Picnic Area, Englewood Picnic Area, Alpine Picnic Area, and by the Kearney House, eventually crossing the boulder field known as the “Giant Stairs” and on to Peanut Leap Cascade, where it steeply ascends back to the cliff top just north of the New York–New Jersey state line, its northern trailhead at the junction with the Long Path. Except for the Giant Stairs and the ascent to the northern trailhead, the trail covers easy to moderate terrain.
Long Path (aqua markers)
The Long Path goes along the top of the cliffs. Its southern trailhead is outside the Visitor Center at Fort Lee Historic Park. From there it goes down the entrance drive, north on Hudson Terrace and up steel stairs just north of the George Washington Bridge and into the woods. It passes outside Allison Park, crosses Dyckman Hill Road, passes through Rockefeller Lookout, alongside Greenbrook Sanctuary, through Alpine Lookout, by Park Headquarters, the Women’s Federation Monument, State Line Lookout, and on to the actual state line at U.S. Route 9W and the entrance to Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. (The Long Path then continues north in New York State.) In New Jersey, the Long Path covers easy to moderate terrain throughout.
Five trails connect the Long Path with the Shore Trail, listed here from south to north and described from summit to shoreline:
Carpenter’s Trail (blue markers)
Trailhead on the summit is on the west side of Hudson Terrace by Linwood Park in Fort Lee. The trail goes up steps and along a sidewalk beside the Palisades Interstate Parkway, down steps to overlap the Long Path briefly, then follows steep stone steps down to the traffic circle at the intersection of Henry Hudson Drive and Ross Dock Approach Road, through a tunnel beneath the circle, and down more stone steps to its trailhead just south of Ross Dock Picnic Area on the Shore Trail. (Steep: 320 ft. climb)
Dyckman Hill Trail (yellow markers)
Trailhead on the summit is at the Englewood Cliffs park entrance, from which the trail parallels Dyckman Hill Road through several underpasses, crosses Henry Hudson Drive, and then descends stone steps to the south end of Englewood Picnic Area. (Moderate: 340 ft. climb)
Huyler’s Landing Trail (red markers)
Trailhead on the summit is on the Long Path about 0.5 mi. south of Alpine Lookout. The trail follows a relatively gradual grade to Henry Hudson Drive, which it overlaps for about 50 yards (hikers should use caution here), then continues to its junction with the Shore Trail about 1.5 mi. south of Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin. (Moderate: 440 ft. climb)
Closter Dock Trail (orange markers)
Trailhead on the summit is on the east side of U.S. Route 9W in Alpine, about 0.25 mi. north of Closter Dock Road. The trail passes through a pair of tunnels beneath the Palisades Interstate Parkway, then overlaps the Long Path north about 0.25 mi. to a small tunnel beneath Alpine Approach Road. The trail then goes down a series of switchbacks to its junction with the Shore Trail, just north of Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin. (Moderate–Steep: 360 ft. climb)
Forest View Trail (blue-and-white markers)
Trailhead on the summit is on the east side of U.S. Route 9W in Alpine, about 2.5 mi. north of Closter Dock Road. The trail crosses a pedestrian bridge over the Palisades Interstate Parkway, then overlaps the Long Path north about 0.5 mi. to the Women’s Federation Monument and down a steep ravine. After it branches east from the Long Path, the Forest View Trail steeply descends through a series of switchbacks to its junction with the Shore Trail, about 3 mi. north of Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin. (Steep: 520 ft. climb)
Hikers can download our park brochure for a full map of the park, but for mobile devices or home printers, it may be more convenient to download one or more of the maps below, presented from south to north in the park, and which include a second page with simple hike descriptions and tips for hikers.
EASY hikes can be completed in two hours or less by hikers with little or no hiking experience, including school-age children who are among the group.
MODERATE hikes will take two hours or more to complete, and parts of the route traverse some significant slopes or rugged trails. Younger children may find these hikes too difficult. Older children and adults should be in good shape and relatively confident of their hiking abilities.
CHALLENGING hikes are better suited to hikers who have some real hiking experience. The trails are rugged and have steep slopes. These hikes may take over three hours, and younger children may not be able to complete them. Older children and adults should be in good shape and confident of their hiking abilities.
Click to download a map keyed to a hike description that starts and ends at Fort Lee Historic Park.
- Note: You can also download this same hike set to begin and end at Ross Dock Picnic Area, or download this same hike set to begin and end at Englewood Picnic Area.
“Carpenter’s Loop” | Moderate | About 5.5 mi., 2.5 hrs. round-trip (with an opportunity to shorten by about half).
Click to download a map keyed to a hike description that starts and ends at Englewood Picnic Area, headed north.
“Clinton Point” | Challenging | About 8 mi., 5 hrs. round-trip. Hike accessible by public transportation from the Greenbrook entrance in Tenafly— see hike description and adjust route accordingly.
Click to download a map keyed to a hike description that starts and ends at Alpine Picnic Area, headed south.
“Huyler’s Landing History Hike” | Moderate | About 5 mi., 3.5 hrs. round-trip. Hike accessible by public transportation from the Closter Dock trailhead — see hike description. Hikers can also use Park Headquarters as start/end point for this hike and adjust route accordingly.
Click to download a map keyed to two hike descriptions that start and end at Alpine Picnic Area, headed north.
“Cape Fly Away” | Easy | About 3 mi., 1.5 hrs. round-trip (with an opportunity to shorten by about half for an easy hike).
“Bombay Hook” | Challenging | About 7 mi., 5 hrs. round-trip. Hike accessible by public transportation from the Forest View trailhead — see hike description. Hikers can also use Park Headquarters as start/end point for this hike and adjust route accordingly.
Click to download a map keyed to three hike descriptions that start and end at State Line Lookout.
“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.
Public hiking tours are conducted throughout the year in the park — check our calendar for upcoming dates.