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Washington Crossing State Park
Take NJ 29 north from Trenton to County 546 (Washington Crossing - Pennington Road).
- A right turn at this intersection onto County 546 leads to the park entrance and visitor center. GPS Coordinates:
- A left turn onto County Road 546 and then a right turn onto River Road leads to the parking lots near the approximate site of the George Washington's crossing.
- Nature Center GPS Coordinates: 40.313780, -74.863017
This is the place out of the history books where the Continental Army crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night 1776.
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.
With 15 miles of hiking trails there are plenty of places to walk in the park Use the Web Map link on this site for a trail map.
Established in 1912, Washington Crossing State Park is the site where the Continental Army landed after crossing the Delaware River on Christmas night 1776. Within the 3,500-acre park are a 140-acre natural area containing fields in various stages of secondary succession and a mixed hardwood forest. In addition, the park includes a visitor center museum, the Johnson Ferry House, an observatory [open Friday nights seasonally] and a nature center, plus facilities for picnicking.