Washington Crossing State Park

355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd.
Titusville, NJ 08560
 609-737-0623

Highlights:

  • Open: Daily
  • Overview

    On Dec. 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, Gen. George Washington and the Continental Army landed at Johnson's Ferry, at the site now known as Washington Crossing State Park. At 4 am, 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 Jan. 2, 1777 and the Battle of Princeton on Jan. 3, 1777. A re-enactment of Washington's crossing the Delaware is held on Christmas Day.

    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.

    The park also offers museum / visitor center, open air theatre, Swan Historical Foundation (collection of the American Revolution), Johnson Ferry House, nature center, natural area, trails, camping, fishing, picnic tables, picnic shelters, group picnic facilities, group picnic shelters, playground. Winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing. Trails are available for hiking, nature trails, horseback riding and mountain biking.

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