Picnic time is here again!!! Come enjoy our wonderful Hudson River and a few different "perspectives" of the Majestic George Washington Bridge to be followed by another one of our gourmet picnics! This will be about a 3 hr Slow/MOD. PACED hike 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 GWBidge.
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 up to the second arch for more fantastic views and then retrace our steps and return to the Ross Dock for a dining trip around the world with a Multi-Cutural summer picnic! International and Ethnic dishes encouraged!
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Please post if you can bring an extra folding table. We can always use a few & some PORTABLE GRILLS (NO GAS GRILLS)!
There will be a $10.00 parking fee. Seniors 62 and over are free or and if you have a state park pass. CARPOOLING is STRONGLY recommended. 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(MANDATORY), snacks, bugspray, sun protection, kites(for after the hike), frisbees, bubbles, etc. and coolers with 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. SCROLL DOWN TO SEE WHAT EVERYONE IS BRINGING TO SEE WHAT IS NEEDED. 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 our 10th year 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 as we have been for many previous years! LEAVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME TO GET HERE AS THE TRAFFIC COMING INTO THE PARK CAN GET BACKED UP!
DIRECTIONS: Palisades Pkwy. going south, take Exit 1, turn left and follow straight down to the Palisades park, Englewood boat basin and follow signs to the ROSS DOCK PINIC area.
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 (http://www.njpalisades.org/directions.htm#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 Area (http://www.njpalisades.org/directions.htm#EBB). The Ross Dock circle is 1.5 mi. south of the Englewood Area on Henry Hudson Drive.
ADDITIONAL DIRECTIONS FROM PARK SITE:From northbound or southbound Palisades Interstate Parkway (http://www.njpalisades.org/parkway.html): Take Exit 1, Palisade Avenue, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs. Turn left (east). Enter the park at the Englewood Cliffs park entrance and follow Dyckman Hill Road downhill. At the intersection, take the hairpin right turn (south) and continue downhill to the circle at the entrance to Englewood Picnic Area & Boat Basin. Go straight through the circle (still south) and about 1 mi. to the circle at the Ross Dock entrance road. Go around circle to get onto the entrance road (north) and down to the entrance to Ross Dock Picnic Area.
From eastbound Routes 4 & 46 and northbound I-95: Take the exit for Fort Lee (Exit 72 for I-95 local, Exit 73 for I-95 express). Continue straight (east) on Bruce Reynolds Boulevard through several traffic lights (essentially, this is the service road for the highways approaching the George Washington Bridge). Turn right at the last traffic light (before the entrance to Fort Lee Historic Park) to go south on Hudson Terrace. Edgewater park entrance will be on your left (east). Take Henry Hudson Drive about 1 mi. north to the circle at the Ross Dock entrance road. Bear right from the circle and down to the entrance to Ross Dock Picnic Area.