A scenic round trip hike across the George Washington Bridge to Ross Dock Picnic Area. Expect and enjoy the spectacular views of the Hudson and NYC and NJ coastline! We may even catch a glimpse of a peregrine falcon!
The Ross Dock Picnic Area is a large scenic riverfront picnic area just north of the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey. 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 period. During the early 1900s, Ross Dock was a summer camp for families from New York City.
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 trail system and Henry Hudson Drive, and access to a boat launching ramp for both trailed boats under 24 feet and car-top boats (canoe and kayak) at Hazard’s Dock.
We will break either in Fort Lee or in Washington heights or both for dinner, drinks and socializing!
Interesting facts about The George Washington Bridge
1) The George Washington Bridge is the most travelled bridge in the world.
2) Construction of the bridge began in 1927 and was dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on October 24, 1931. The original design called for the steel towers to be encased in granite, and a restaurant at the top of the New Jersey tower, but the Great Depression put an end to such expensive design plans.
3) To increase capacity, the lower level was completed in 1962 and is also known as the “Martha Washington” level.
4) The American flag that flies from the upper arch of the New Jersey tower on holidays is the largest free-flying American flag. It weighs 450 pounds and is 90 feet by 60 feet.