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Spring Anniversary Shore Walk, Under & over the GW Bridge & Picnic!

Lets' enjoy our wonderful Hudson River and a few different "perspectives" of the Majestic George Washington Bridge!  This will be about a 3 1/2  hour MODERATE PACED walk including breaks.  We will start this journey on the level, paved and woods white shore trail, taking in expansive views of the Hudson River and NYC beneath the George Washington Bridge!

Those looking for a level, easy only, shorter shore walk, can backtrack from the end of this trail and pick up the white shore trail at the north end of the Ross Dock and take that to the Englewood boat basin and back, for a round trip of about 3 miles and then get the picnic started early!

Those looking for a more challenging walk, will continue up a short, steep stone stairway, at the end of the Ross dock trail. This will take us up to Hudson Terrace, for a short walk on a moderate incline, passing the Ft. Lee HIstoric park, to the GW Bridge.  We will cross the bridge for more fantastic views and then retrace our steps and return to the Ross Dock for an early summer picnic!  If there is an interest we can stop in to the Ft.Lee historic park for a short walk around the park, before returning to the Ross dock. This would be about a 5 mile total.


There will be a $10.00 parking fee. Seniors 62 and over are free or and if you have a state park pass.  Good supportive walking or hiking shoes/ boots are recommended, as the paved areas can be hard on the feet. For those going on the longer walk, walking poles for the steps and street incline, might come in handy.

Bring water, snacks, bugspray, sunscreen, kites(for after the hike) and coolers with your dinner and something to share for the picnic after.  

PLease POST what you plan to bring, so we don't end up with just potato salad for dinner! lol  Alcohol is not permitted. There are picnic tables, but you are also welcome to bring your own chairs if you like and we could use some small tv/ card tables for more serving space and a large extra folding table could come in handy too. I will also bring one.  Lets' celebrate the start of another season together!  Always check the day of an event for any changes. Inclement weather cancels. PLEASE SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM FOR MORE DETAILS.

CARPOOLING is strongly suggested. IF FOR ANY REASON THE ENGLEWOOD BOAT BASIN AND ROSS DOCK PARKING AREAS ARE FULL AND CLOSED WE WILL MEET AT THE FORT LEE HISTORIC PARK PARKING LOT on Hudson Terrace just south of the GW bridge where there may be a $5.00 parking fee.  HOPEFULLY AS THIS IS NOT A HOLIDAY WEEKEND WE should BE FINE.

DIRECTIONS: Palisades Pkwy. going south, take Exit 1, turn left and follow straight down to the Palisades park, Englewood boat basin and follow signs for the ROSS DOCK PINIC area.

Addtnl. directions:

From Routes 4 & 46 and I-95 local lanes: Take the exit for Fort Lee / Palisades Interstate Parkway (Exit 72 from I-95 Local Lanes). Continue straight (east) on Bridge Plaza South past several traffic lights. At the last light (“T” intersection), turn right (south) onto Hudson Terrace. The southern park entrance will be on theleft part way down the hill. Follow Henry Hudson Drive about 1 mi. to the Ross Dock circle and follow signs.

From I-95 Express Lanes: Take Exit 73 (last exit in New Jersey). Turn left (east) at light onto Bruce Reynolds Boulevard. Proceed down the hill and turn right (south) at the traffic light onto Hudson Terrace. The southern park entrance will beon the left part way down the hill. Follow Henry Hudson Drive about 1 mi. to the Ross Dock circle and follow signs.

From the Palisades Interstate Parkway (southbound): Take the last exit before the George Washington Bridge (Hudson Terrace). Turn left (south) onto HudsonTerrace. Pass beneath the George Washington Bridge and pass the entrance to Fort Lee Historic Park. The southern park entrance (Henry Hudson Drive) will beon the left part way down the hill. Follow Henry Hudson Drive about 1 mi. to the Ross Dock circle and follow signs.

From U.S. Route 9W: At Main Street, Fort Lee, turn east (right if headed north, left if headed south). Proceed downhill and bear right (south) at River Road. The southern park entrance (Henry Hudson Drive) will do be on the left part way down the hill. Follow Henry Hudson Drive about 1 mi. to the Ross Dock circle and follow signs.

From Edgewater & South: Take River Road north. Part way up the hill, at theFort Lee border, is the southern park entrance (Henry Hudson Drive) on theright. Follow Henry Hudson Drive about 1 mi. to the Ross Dock circle and follow signs.

From New York City: Take the upper level of the George Washington Bridge tothe first Fort Lee exit. Bear right and proceed down the ramp to the traffic light. Turn right onto Hudson Terrace passing beneath the George Washington Bridge and past the entrance to Fort Lee Historic Park. The southern park entrance (Henry Hudson Drive) will be on the left part way down the hill. Follow Henry Hudson Drive about 1 mi. to the Ross Dock circle and follow signs.

Alternative Access: Follow directions to the Englewood Picnic AreaThe Ross Dock circle is 1.5 mi. south of the Englewood Area on Henry Hudson Drive.


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  • Donna R.

    It was just as I expected, great people, great food and great scenery. Susan Thank you for all your hard work in planning this great event! Donna

    June 13, 2014

  • candace

    I am SINCERELY sorry that I didn't rsvp no in time, and that I didn't make this one. By looking at all of the comments it sounds like everyone had an awesome time. The weather was so beautiful!

    June 11, 2014

  • Jerry C.

    Great event. Thanks to everyone who brought such a great selection of food. Thanks to Susan for doing such a great job planning. Thanks to Diane, our own action hero for retrieving my cane after I dropped it off the bridge. And thanks to the Powers That Be that it didn't hit anyone on the head.

    June 10, 2014

  • Rita R

    Susan, thank you for planning yet another fantastic event... Sunday Fun-day does not get any better than this :-) ... Lovely group of friendly & fun people to walk across the amazing GWB with (now checked off my bucket list. Lol) beautiful weather, plus a wonderful smorgasbord of delicious food. What's not to like?!? Thank you, Susan!! Can wait to do it again :-)

    1 · June 9, 2014

  • Diane

    Yesterday was absolutely delightful - the weather lovely, the group fun and friendly, and, of course, the leader the best on Meetup. Thanks, Susan!

    June 9, 2014

  • Ingrid

    Very nice, beautiful day, great company.

    June 9, 2014

  • Wayne

    Lovely day, lovely hike, lovely weather, lovely people, Had a great time!!! Thank you, Susan, for putting it all together!!!!

    June 9, 2014

  • Sharon

    Nice to see all of you after a very long time. Thanks Susan.

    June 9, 2014

  • Madeline

    enjoyable hike & picnic, thank you Susan & everyone!

    June 9, 2014

  • Nat

    Outstanding in every way...

    June 9, 2014

  • Ruth H.

    Great event Susan is the best

    June 8, 2014

  • Thomas c R.

    Very goodbgathering of niceb

    June 8, 2014

  • Elise

    Beyond wonderful! Every part of it!

    June 8, 2014

  • Darlene

    beyond excellent!

    June 8, 2014

  • Susan

    Another day in paradise with the greatest group! Thank you all so much for helping out ,Geneva and Mark for sweeping, to all of our wonderful chefs and photographers who helped to make it a perfect day!

    June 8, 2014

  • Irene

    Another picture perfect day, spectacular views, great food, but what really made it great were the wonderful people! Thanks Susan!

    June 8, 2014

  • Steve

    Perfect day for hiking, picnicking and eating. :-)

    June 8, 2014

  • Sheila

    From start to finish, it was a wonderful day!! Thanks for a great job of organizing the details, Susan!

    June 8, 2014

  • Leigh

    Another run out of the ball park Sue!!! Wonderful !

    June 8, 2014

  • Patrick

    Was happy to be RSVP'd in but had to change to a NO. Still not free and won't be able to attend; Would have liked to make it; another time...Enjoy the day everyone, picture perfect for the outing

    June 8, 2014

  • Sharon

    bringing veg dumpling, paper plates,cutlery etc

    June 8, 2014

  • Beth S.

    Bringing fruit salad, a table and some plastic cutlery and napkins.

    June 8, 2014

  • Joann

    Sorry I can't go.This would have been my first event. I just got a message this morning that I was off the wait list and on the event. My 17 yrs old son's band is practicing at my house, so I will be home.

    1 · June 8, 2014

  • William P

    Looks like I'm now on the 'Going' List.
    I'll bring a green salad and some dressings.

    June 8, 2014

  • Susan

    Looks like we have plenty of main dishes and protein! We could use more green salads, maybe cheese and crackers. Looking forward to our big GW event!

    June 7, 2014

  • Susan

    Everything in moderation Martine! We’re jut going to “pick”!

    June 7, 2014

  • martine

    You guys are going to have to walk for days and days to shed those calories after this Unbelievable Picnic!!!! Take lots of pictures ( of the food!)

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • dave

    I will be bringing tuna sandwiches.

    June 7, 2014

  • Susan

    Thanks Madeline thats’ perfect and will be a big help! Maybe someone would like to bring potato salad? Check the postings to see what everyone is bringing.

    June 7, 2014

  • Madeline

    Susan, I can bring aluminum foil, ziplock bags & trash bags. Was going to bring slaw or salsa but looks like there are many of these. Let me know if you need anything else.

    June 6, 2014

  • Susan

    Please post if you can bring an additional small portable grill with self starting charcoal unless it is gas. Don’t forget the utensils for grilling and serving your dishes! We could also use some aluminum foil ,ziplock bags for packaging leftovers and lg garbage bags.. thanks guys!

    June 6, 2014

  • Susan

    Burgers and or veggie burgers would be good but unless you are bringing a small portable grill we only have one small grill for sure that Jay is bringing. There are other grills in the park but no guarantee they will be available so if you want to grill I suggest you also bring a bag of self starting charcoal

    June 6, 2014

  • Ruth H.

    I am bringing Hebrew National hot dogs, rolls, sour kraut , lemonade

    June 6, 2014

  • Irene

    I'll bring a large cooler filled with ice, also bringing some iced tea and some soda for anyone who wants it. Rita, there will be room for the water in my cooler.

    June 6, 2014

    • Rita R

      Awesome!! Thanks Irene!! :-)

      June 6, 2014

  • Casey

    So so sorry I have to miss this one but my granddaughter and daughter in law is in from Florida. Have fun

    June 6, 2014

  • Rita R

    I'll bring a couple cases of water - Can someone bring a large cooler with ice?

    June 6, 2014

    • Rita R

      Also bringing a cold cut platter.

      June 6, 2014

  • Susan

    Sounds good Ronnie and I’m sure will be delicious and different than the other two pasta salads that are posted. A cold cut / veggie long sub may also be an idea for more variety.

    June 5, 2014

  • Ronnie

    Thanks for my move off the wait list. Looking forward to spending the afternoon with the group. Will bring pasta salad, heavy on the vegetables, light on the pasta!

    June 5, 2014

  • Madeleine

    I will bring homemade focaccio and dipping oil.

    June 4, 2014

  • Elise

    I'll bring whatever is needed as we get closer. Right now I'm down for guacamole and healthy chips. Avocado deviled eggs? Eclair cake? Home-baked Parmesan garlic pull-apart bread?? Chick pea salad?

    1 · June 3, 2014

    • Ingrid

      Wow, need to get your recipes....

      1 · June 4, 2014

  • Susan

    Also bringing a quart of cider.

    June 3, 2014

  • Eddie Z

    Yes, I'm bringing a cheese cake.

    2 · June 2, 2014

    • Irene

      Just remember, Eddie - I asked you to marry me first! lol

      June 3, 2014

  • Leigh

    I will bring either a cabbage salad or noodles with a peanut dressing. Does anyone have space in their cooler? I'll be walking. Thx!

    June 3, 2014

  • Dale W

    I will already be there for a company picnic in the am. Hope to see some of you.

    June 3, 2014

  • Steve

    I'll bring water melon and diet beverages.

    June 3, 2014

  • Susan

    It wouldn’t be the same without Eddies’ homemade cheesecake and Jerrys’ ice cream on dry ice! Thanks Guys!

    1 · June 2, 2014

  • Jerry C.

    Bringing ice cream and other frozen desserts.

    June 2, 2014

  • Bob M.

    Wish I could go but I can't. A gig came up since I joined the waiting list. Have a great time everyone!

    June 2, 2014

  • Jay G.

    I won't be walking but I'll be grilling and eating. I'm bringing hotdogs, turkey dogs , and buns. J

    June 2, 2014

  • ann

    Unable to attend after all. Enjoy the day!

    June 1, 2014

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