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 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 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
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
Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program you can help us keep the parks clean and beautiful by carrying out the trash you carry in. Please bring a biodegradable bag with you when visiting to take your trash home. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.
During this time, state parks and forests will continue to be open to the public for hiking and other passive recreation. Community health is crucial right now and exercising (walking, hiking, and biking) while observing social distancing practices can help ensure public health.
FACILITIES CLOSED; EVENTS CANCELED
To protect public health and safety due to the spread of COVID-19, the State Park Service has closed all park facilities (restrooms, offices, nature centers, historic buildings), canceled all events, and canceled all upcoming camping reservations through Thursday, April 30.
CAMPING RESERVATIONS REFUNDED
Existing camping reservations from Monday, March 16, through Thursday, April 30, will be canceled. Reservations will be refunded in full at our earliest convenience. Campers currently occupying a campsite will be required to leave by the end of today, March 16. No new future camping reservations are being accepted.
Check back to this Facebook page and the Division of Parks and Forestry’s website for any new information.
Learn more about COVID-19 from the New Jersey Department of Health: https://www.nj.gov/health/
The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry would like to remind you practice social distancing while visiting park trails, to cover sneezes, and wash your hands often.
Open daily 8 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Park Office: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Visitors Center Museum: Open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Nature Center: Wednesday - Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday 12 Noon - 4:00 pm
Washington Crossing State Park Area Map
|Washington Crossing Visitor Center Museum
The Center'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. The Center is open Monday through Sunday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, year round. For more information, call (609) 737-9303. Check the Calendar of Events in Nature's grapevine for current programs offered by the Washington Crossing Visitor Center Museum.
|Swan Historical Foundation Collection
The Swan collection represents a living military
history laboratory of the American Revolution. Over 700 original
objects interpret the era, circa 1745 through 1789. Open Monday through Sunday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, year round. For more information, call (609)
This early 18th-century gambrel roof farmhouse
and tavern near the Delaware River was owned by Garret Johnson,
who operated a 490-acre colonial plantation and a ferry service
across the river in the 1700s. The house was likely used briefly
by General Washington and other officers at the time of the
Christmas night crossing of the Delaware. The keeping room,
bedchamber and textile room are furnished with local period
pieces, probably similar to the furniture used by the Johnson
family from 1740 to 1770. The site also includes an 18th-century
kitchen garden. Living history demonstrations are frequently
held on weekends. Check the Calendar of Events in Nature's grapevine for current programs offered by the Johnson Ferry House. Please call the Ferry House for further information on their Fall schedule at (609) 737-2515.
Open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m - noon, 1 to 4 p.m.
Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.
Outdoor nature education programs are offered for schools, youth
groups, community organizations and visitors to the park. Open
Wednesday through Sunday, year round. For information, call
Check the Calendar of Events for current programs offered by the Interpretive Center at Washington Crossing State Park. Keep up to date of what is going on at Washington Crossing State Park by downloading the latest edition of Nature's Grapevine.
Find out more about our programs offered specifically for groups, such as schools, scouts, clubs and local organizations.
NJ Student Learning Standards by Nature Center programs for NJ teachers.
Located within the park, on the same road as the Interpretive Center, the John W. H. Simpson observatory is operated by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton, Inc. The observatory is open Friday nights April through October from 7 pm to 11 pm. To find about attending a Friday night session or for more information about the association call (609) 737-2575.
Washington Crossing Natural
Area (140 acres)
Trails leading from the Interpretive Center
take visitors through a mature mixed oak-hardwood forest,
young woodlands and successional fields. A nature blind offers
quiet observation of birds, deer and other mammals. The natural
area supports the spring avens, a rare woodland herb of the
There are 15 miles of moderate trails to
enjoy throughout Washington Crossing State Park. These trails
are not ADA accessible.
Alcohol is prohibited. Pets are prohibited in overnight facilities.
A non-refundable service fee of $5.00 will be charged to the customer for each reservation.
Changes to the reservation that occur prior to the Start/Check in date will incur a non refundable fee of $5.00.
Changes made after the start/check-in date will be chargerd a service fee according to the following:
- If the total fee is greater then or equal to $50.00 then a fee of $5.00 will be charged.
- If the total fee is less then $50.00 then the fee of $2.00 will be charged.
Group campsites: Four group
sites with picnic tables, fire rings, and portable toilets. Campsite A accommodates up to 50 people. Open
April 1 to October 31.
Fee: New Jersey Resident $100 per night; Non Resident $200 per night. Campsites B and C accommodates up to 25 people. Fee: New Jersey Resident: $50 per night; Non Resident $100 per night. Campsite D accommodates up to 15 people. Fee: New Jersey Resident $30 per night; Non Resident $60 per night.
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Special Use Permit Application
Special Use Permit Application Package
A Special Use Permit is utilized to accommodate a specific activity or event being conducted over a short duration. There are two types of special use permits: Non-Commercial and Commercial and fees are based on NJ residency and Non-residents. A completed application must be submitted to the park/forest area where the activity or event is being held at least 90 days prior to the event. If the special use or event is extremely large or complex, at least one-year’s prior notice is recommended.
The Park staff offer a variety of historical and natural interpretive programs throughout the year. Contact the park office for a schedule of programs and to register. Program fees may apply.
The park offers a Group Picnic Area at the
Green Grove for larger groups. It can accommodate 125 people,
provides shelter, playfields and playground equipment. It
may be reserved for a fee:
New Jersey Resident $100
per day, plus applicable parking fees.
per day, plus applicable parking fees.
Day weekend through Labor Day
New Jersey Resident $125
After Labor Day to Friday Before Memorial Day
percent of Fee
Picnic Cancellation Fee
• Groups of 20 or more people shall
reserve picnic facilities at least five days in advance.
Such group use is not permitted on Holidays except as authorized
by the Superintendent. Reservations for picnic areas are
handled by the individual park area offices.
Reservations can be made over the telephone using a credit card, or by mail using the Group Picnic Reservation form* downloadable here. Payment in full of the appropriate group picnicking fee must accompany this application.
*To view this form, please download the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat
Trenton Battle Monument
(Administered by Washington Crossing State Park)
348 North Warren Street, Trenton NJ 08638
The Trenton Battle Monument marks the site of the American artillery emplacement that commanded the streets of Trenton during the battle that led to the defeat of the three Hessian Regiments by the American Army at the Battle of Trenton, December 26, 1776. The monument was designed by John H. Duncan, architect of Grant's tomb.