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PARK ADVISORY:Park visitors may notice pink flagging and metal tags on some of the trees in the park.
This is part of a tree survey that was done in partnership with the Washington Crossing Association.
Please do not remove or tamper with these tags.These trees are not marked for removal, they have been inventoried for the survey.  

Washington Crossing State Park - All Campsites Closed.
All Washington Crossing Group Campsites are closed for the 2024 season.

Beginning in early July (2024), work will begin in preparation for construction of the new Washington Crossing State Park Visitor Center. The current Visitor Center Museum will remain open until further notice. The new visitor center is one of several projects the State Park Service is undertaking ahead of the United States’ Semiquincentennial Anniversary, the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, on July 4, 2026. The commemoration of the 250th anniversary will happen in 2026, although events marking the celebration will begin as early as 2024 and continue through 2033.

The new visitor center is designed to be built into the landscape, featuring a green roof, a multipurpose theater, and immersive exhibits.

The first stage of work will include site preparation, including tree removal, to prepare the grounds for construction. None of the trees being removed were witness to Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River in 1776. Trees that are removed will be replaced with new trees in the area of the new visitor center and other areas throughout Washington Crossing State Park in compliance with the New Jersey No Net Loss Reforestation Act N.J.S.A. 13:1L-14.1 et seq.

Funding is made possible through constitutionally dedicated Corporate Business Tax revenue in accordance with the Preserve New Jersey Act. Additional support is provided by the American Rescue Plan made available by Governor Phil Murphy for projects supporting improvements to the state’s Revolutionary War historic sites in anticipation of the nation’s Semiquincentennial Anniversary.

Washington Crossing State Park Overview

Experience General George Washington's historic crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas Night in 1776.

Washington Crossing State Park is the site of General George Washington’s historic 1776 Christmas night crossing of the icy Delaware River. For almost ten hours, boats and ferries moved continuously back and forth carrying men, horses and cannon to the Jersey side. By midnight a strong storm had developed, hurling sleet, hail and snow at the rebel army. Landing at Johnson’s Ferry, the Continental Army still faced an arduous nine mile march to Trenton as the storm continued with a vengeance. Reaching Trenton in the early morning of December 26th, the American Army surrounded, defeated and captured over 900 Hessian mercenaries and secured a morale boosting victory of immeasurable proportions.

This circa-1740, gambrel-roof farmhouse and tavern near the Delaware River was built by Garret Johnson on his 490-acre tract. James Slack operated the ferry service in 1776. In addition to using the ferry service, General Washington and other officers probably used the house at the time of the Christmas night crossing of the Delaware. The keeping room, parlor, pantry and bedchambers are furnished with local period pieces and reproductions similar to the furniture used by the Johnson and Slack families from 1740 to 1780. The site also includes an 18th-century kitchen garden. Living history demonstrations are frequently held on weekends.

Johnson Ferry House Hours: Thursday - Saturday 11am -12 Noon 1pm - 4pm

For more information visit Johnson Ferry House web page.

Washington Crossing Visitor Center Museum
The Washington Crossing Visitor Center Museum contains the Swan Historical Foundation’s collection featuring over 500 artifacts from the American Revolution. The museum has two galleries, one focusing on New Jersey’s role in the Revolution and the other discussing “The Ten Crucial Days” surrounding Washington’s Crossing and the Battles of Trenton and Princeton. The NJN produced film “The Ten Crucial Days: The Road to Liberty” can be viewed in the auditorium.

Visitor Center Museum Hours: Daily 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

School and group programs available. Please call the Visitor Center at 609-737-0623

Swan Historical Foundation Collection
An impressive collection of over 500 authentic Revolutionary War artifacts, on loan from The Swan Historical Foundation, Inc., is housed in the exhibit galleries of the Visitor Center Museum. This collection serves to remind visitors of the perilous struggles that men and women endured during this era.

Nature Interpretive Center
The nature interpretive center houses a collection of live and preserved wildlife specimens, nature dioramas, terrariums, lightboard identification games, coloring pages, a computer learning station, nature charts, Native American artifacts, children's books, outdoor bird feeders and a diverse pollinator garden. 

The Trail Stewards meet monthly to preserve and improve the Park's extensive trail system. In addition to trail maintenance, the trail stewards also work on invasive species removal and the protection of native plants. Become a Trail steward by simply visiting to sign up and view the calendar of events.

Additional information can be obtained by calling the nature interpretive center at 609-737-0609.

Nature Center Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

Visitor Center Museum Education programs.

School and group programs available. Please call the Visitor Center at 609-737-0623.

Located within the park, on the same road as the nature interpretive center, the John W. H. Simpson observatory is operated by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton, Inc. (link is external). The observatory is open Friday nights April through October from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. To find about attending a Friday night session or for more information about the association call 609-737-2575.

Trail Map

Cross-Country Skiing
During the winter months, when weather conditions are favorable, cross-country skiing is permitted on the 13 miles of ungroomed trails.

The park has 13 miles of trails for hiking. Walking and jogging are very popular in the park throughout the year.

Horseback Riding
Two and a half miles of trails are available for equestrian use in the Phillips Farm day use area. The Phillips Farm parking area is designated for horse trailers. There are no horse rental facilities in the park.

Mountain Biking
Five miles of trails in the Phillips Farm day use area are available for mountain bike use.

The park offers 13 miles of trails that can be used during the winter months for snowshoeing.

There are 13 miles of moderate trails to enjoy throughout Washington Crossing State Park. These trails are not ADA accessible.

General Guide to the trails at Washington Crossing State Park

Interpretive Trail Guide: Rachel Horne Trail

Online reservations can be made at (link is external).

Group campsites:
Four group campsites are located in the Phillips Farm area of the park. Each site contains picnic tables, fire rings and a composting toilet. These are designated as primitive campsites with no water or electric utilities available on site. Total combined capacity of all four sites: 115. We highly recommend that group leaders carefully estimate their group size so not to overestimate as refunds cannot be made.

Camping Parking lot GPS 40.31541, -74.85652

The Park has two picnic areas with tables and grills located at Knox Grove and Sullivan Grove. These facilities, which are situated in attractive settings, are ideal for family and small group picnics. The Knox Grove picnic area also includes playground equipment. Charcoal fires must be confined in metal grills provided onsite or brought in by the picnicker.

The park offers a group picnic area at Greene Grove for larger groups by reservation. It can accommodate 125 people and includes restrooms, a shelter, playfields and playground equipment. Open from April 1st - October 31.

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. Payment in full of the appropriate group picnicking fee must accompany the application.

The open air theater may be available for use for certain activities by submitting a special use permit application. Contact the Park Office for more information.

Fishing is permitted in the Delaware River and the Delaware and Raritan Canal subject to New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife laws (link is external). Various species of fish are found in the river including bass, shad, catfish and several different types of panfish. The Delaware and Raritan Canal is stocked with trout by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife during the spring months.

State Park Service areas open to hunting for 2020-2022.

Bow hunting is permitted in designated areas on a seasonal basis through annual registration in the park’s deer management program and is subject to regulations of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. (link is external)

Trails leading from the nature 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.

A NJ State Park Service Special Use Permit is required for various types of short-duration, organized activities and/or events within a state park, forest and/or historic site. Examples of organized activities and/or special events include, but are not limited to press events, commercial photography and/or filming, corporate events, fundraisers, festivals, demonstrations, walkathons and races, concerts, Televised events and/or commercial use of or on State Park Service lands and/or waters. 

To learn more about Special use Permits click here.

Access for Persons with Disabilities
Washington Crossing State Park recreational and historic facilities are partially accessible for persons with disabilities. Please contact the Park Visitor Center at 609-737-0623 for further information regarding disability access needs. Text telephone (TTY) users, call the NJ Relay & CapTel Service at 711 or 1-800-852-7897 for English or 1-866-658-7714 for Spanish.

All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
Recreational use of ATVs is not permitted on NJ State Park Service property. This includes state parks, forests, recreation areas, golf courses, marinas, natural areas, historic sites, and preserves. Thank you for your help in protecting New Jersey’s natural and historic resources. [N.J.A.C. 7:2-3.4(d)]

State law prohibits the smoking of tobacco and use of electronic smoking (vaping) devices in all state parks, forests, historic sites, recreation areas, golf courses and marinas. [N.J.P.L.2005, c.383 (C.26:3D-56)]

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in state parks, forests, recreation areas, golf courses, marinas, natural areas, historic sites, and preserves. [ N.J.A.C. 7:2-2.6 ]

Keep Your Park Clean and Green
Protect plants and animals and care for your parks by taking your trash with you. Whatever you carry into the park, plan on carrying it out too. It’s like crowdsourcing trash management! Bring a bag or two for trash, recycling and cleaning up after your pet. There are no trash receptacles in this park. Thank you!

No swimming.

Pets must always be on a leash no longer than six feet in length and under the control of the owner. Please clean up after your pets.

Tick Protection
Use insect repellent, wear light-colored clothing, tuck pants into socks, stay on trails, check yourself when you get home, shower and wash clothes immediately.

Be Bear Aware
Black bears are found throughout New Jersey. Do not approach or attract bears by making food available. Feeding bears is dangerous and illegal. Never run from a bear! To report an aggressive bear, call 1-877-WARN-DEP (1-877-927-6337) immediately. Please report any damage or nuisance behavior to the park office. Visit the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife at for additional information on bear safety.

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Related Links

Princeton Battlefield State Park
Swan Historical Foundation
Washington Crossing Park Association

Park Map

Area Map


Phone Number

355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road
Titusville, NJ 08560-1517

Email Address

Park Hours

Gate 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Park Office 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday

Park Fees
Entrance Fee none for 2024.

Other Related Fees
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GPS Coordinates
40.304933, -74.856894