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Washington Crossing
State Park

Mercer and Hunterdon CountiesWashington Crossing State Park Brochure

Mailing Address:
355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road
Titusville, NJ 08560-1517
(609) 737-0623

GPS Coordinates
40° 18’ 17.76” N 74° 51' 24.82" W

Size: 3,575 acres

Fees: Entrance fees are charged per vehicle from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.
NJ Resident
$ 7.00
Link to the Related Fees page

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

Facilities & Activities:
  • Museum / Visitor Center
  • Open Air Theatre
  • Swan Historical Foundation: Collection of the American Revolution
  • Johnson Ferry House
  • Interpretive center
  • Natural Area
  • Trails
  • Camping
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Fishing
  • Picnic tables, picnic shelters, group picnic facilities, group picnic shelters
  • Playground
  • Winter sports:
    cross-country skiing, snowshoeing


  • Hiking
  • Nature trails
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain biking




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 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.

Keep Your Park Clean

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 biodegradablebag with you when visiting to take your trash home.Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.

Park Advisory

Due to COVID-19 this year's live Christmas Crossing event will not take place. Instead, a new "virtual" Crossing video will debut on Christmas Day. For more detailed information on the Christmas Crossing, please use the following link:

Visit and follow for the most recent information on park operations — some amenities may not be available due to COVID-19.

Due to COVID-19, camping is closed for the 2020 season.

Park Hours

Open daily 8 a.m. to 4:30 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

Please not that the Parkoffice, Visitor Center and the Natute Center are all closed due to COVID-19.

Park Map

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) 737-9303.

Johnson Ferry House


GIVING THANKS, Origins of the American Thanksgiving Holiday will take place at the Johnson Ferry House in Washington Crossing State Park, New Jersey, on Saturday, October 17 from 12 to 4 p.m. Rain date: October 24 (without music).

This event will be held outdoors and will include early American Thanksgiving hymns and songs, preparation of a harvest feast on the fire pit, colonial education, and kitchen garden tours.

This is a good family event that is free to the public. Donations are appreciated.
The Johnson Ferry House is located inside Washington Crossing State Park in New Jersey. Enter the park from Route #546, Washington Crossing Pennington Road and follow the signs to the Johnson Ferry House.
For more information call 609-737-2515.

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.

Nature Center

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 (609) 737-0609.

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 rose family.


There are 15 miles of moderate trails to enjoy throughout Washington Crossing State Park. These trails are not ADA accessible.

Washington Crossing State Park Trail Map

Washington Crossing State Park Trails General Guide



Click to make a Camping Reservation

Due to COVID-19, camping is closed for the 2020 season.

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.

Interpretive Programs

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.

Non-Resident $150 per day, plus applicable parking fees.

Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day

New Jersey Resident $125 per day.

Non-Resident $175 per day.

Day After Labor Day to Friday Before Memorial Day
50 percent of Fee
Group 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

Related Sites

Trenton Battle Monument
(Administered by Washington Crossing State Park)
348 North Warren Street, Trenton NJ 08638
(609) 737-0623

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.

Questions regarding our parks and forests can be directed to
Joy Eastmead of the State Park Service.


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