Washington Crossing State Park

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Washington Crossing State Park

New Jersey

(609) 737-0623

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Overview

On December 25, 1776, the icy waters of the Delaware River provided the setting for one of the pivotal events of the American Revolution. The Continental Army had little to celebrate that Christmas and seemed beat by hunger and cold. After crossing the rough winter river at night, General George Washington and the Continental Army landed at Johnson's Ferry, at the site now known as Washington Crossing State Park. At 4 a.m., they began their march to Trenton where they defeated the Hessian troops in an unexpected attack. This battle was quickly followed by the Second Battle of Trenton on January 2, 1777, and the Battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777.

Originally preserved for its historical significance, the park is also well known for its trails and wildlife habitat. A wide variety of migrating birds use the stream and ravine as a resting place and for nesting. Many bird species winter in the park, creating a perfect location for bird observation year-round.

The park supports an interesting assortment of plants including mixed hardwoods, red cedar forests, plantings of Eastern white pine, Japanese larch, Norway spruce and red pine. A splendid variety of spring and summer wildflowers can be found throughout the park. Among the most notable species of wildlife are whitetail deer, fox, raccoon, great-horned owl, screech owl, red-tailed hawk, red-shouldered hawk and Eastern bluebird. The park also is popular for picnicking and, in the winter, for cross-country skiing on existing hiking trails.

Map of Washington Crossing (NJ)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.311110, -74.863890

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Mountain bikers are free to use the multi-use trails.

  • Camping

    There are four group sites with picnic tables, fire rings, and portable toilets. The total capacity is 115.

  • Fishing

    There are opportunities to fish in Washington Crossing State Park.

  • Hiking

    There are 15 miles of moderate trails to enjoy throughout Washington Crossing State Park.

  • Historic Sites

    The Washington Crossing Visitor Center Museum's exhibit galleries explore the many facets of America's revolutionary conflict with an emphasis on the military campaign known as "The Ten Crucial Days." The events of these ten days, December 25, 1776 through January 3, 1777, include the Continental Army's crossing of the Delaware River and the Battles of Trenton and Princeton. Also available is the Swan collection, which represents a living military history laboratory of the American Revolution. Over 700 original objects interpret the era, circa 1745 through 1789. Other destinations include the Johnson Ferry House, the Nature Center, the Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre, and the observatory.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riders are welcome to use the miles of multi-use trails.

  • Picnicking

    The park offers a group picnic area at the Green Grove for larger groups. It can accommodate 125 people, provides shelter, playing fields, and playground equipment.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are enjoyed in the park in the winter.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Park Partners

Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre

The Downtown Performing Arts Center of Lambertville, NJ is proud to announce a newly formed partnership with Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, NJ.

Directions

Driving

From Interstate 95, take Route 29 north. Follow the signs to the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(609) 737-0623

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