"Washington Crossed Here" Washington Crossing State Park by KiKitC

On December 25, 1776 General George Washington crossed the Delaware River here, with 2,400 troops, artillery and supplies, setting the stage for the Battle of Trenton, a decisive victory for the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War.

Records indicate that a ferry was established here around 1700 for commerce and passenger transport. Washington used this existing ferry to bring all his troops across the Delaware River undetected, landing in New Jersey, in a strategic location. After nine miles of marching, Washington's men engaged the Hessian and British Army on December 26, 1776 at the Battle of Trenton, an important victory for the Continental Army.

In 1912, Washington Crossing State Park was established with 100 acres on the overlook of the ferry location where the troops landed. During the Great Depression in the 1930s, the park was further developed by the Work Projects Administration (WPA) and now includes 1,399 acres. The visitors' center has an impressive museum with Revolution Era relics, such as documentation, uniforms, muskets and cannonballs.

In addition to historic sites in the park, including the Johnson Ferry House and Nelson House, the park has historical hiking trails, picnicking, camping, fishing, bicycling and horseback riding.

You will receive a sticker to complete your Passport to Adventure, which is a scene from the Johnson Ferry House.

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  • Pros:Full of history
  • In a nutshell:Walk in the Path of Washington's Victories!
  • Last visit to Washington Crossing State Park: Jul 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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