Hike with history at a scenic park near the site of Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River and the Continental Army’s route to Trenton in 1776.
Miles: 4.4 or 7.2 (two different routes, combining the major trails within the park). Surface is dirt/roots, not that many rocks. Some minor hills.
- Shorter: RED DOT, GREEN DOT, BLUE DOT and YELLOW DOT are less than 3 miles each – lots of loop options possible out of these.
- Even shorter: RED loop, park at the Nature Center within the park
- Longer: In the north of the park, near the Pond, cross Church Rd and enter into the Honey Hollow Section of Ted Stiles Preserve/Baldpate Mountain
- Option: The D&R Canal Towpath runs parallel on the opposite side Rt. 29. BLUE DOT or YELLOW DOT could be used to make a loop back to the parking lot.
- Option: Goat Hill Overlook is 1 mile round trip to a scenic view. (About 10-15 min. away by car).
Our two cents:
Scenic, historic park that is more suited for easy or short hikes, but avid hikers can still get some miles in with the option to extend their hike even further by crossing into Ted Stiles Preserve/Baldpate Mountain.
While the network of trails makes it easy to shorten or lengthen the route as you go, these multiple junctions can also be a tad confusing.
NOTE: Since there are so many junctions, a turn-by-turn description would be confusing (if not useless). It’s actually easier to meander and piece a route as you go.
We’ve given overviews for two routes to follow along on the park map, from different parking areas.
Print maps usually outside the visitor center or print any of the maps listed. For smartphone users, try the GPS-enabled map from Hidden Trenton.
A 4-mile hike from the PA side parking is in 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Philadelphia.
Updated 12/2016: Added a hike, photos, google map, updated GPX. Updated 3/2016 – link to the new, more detailed map added.
Hike #1 – From Main Lot
Parking: N40° 18.174′ W74° 51.657′ [Visitor Center lot]
Rt. 1 S to 95 S to Rt 29 N. Turn RIGHT at a light onto Washington Crossing Pennington Rd. The park entrance will be on the LEFT. Follow signs to the visitor center lot (enter and make a left at the main intersection)
Fee: Memorial Day to Labor Day. See NJ State Park Pass. Start the hike from Hike #2 parking area to avoid.
Restrooms: in the visitor center, when open.
Miles: 4.4 miles
From the lot or visitor center, walk towards the park road to get on Continental Lane/RED DOT. Once at the trail, turn LEFT and start following it.
ROUTE: Continental Lane Trail/RED DOT – RED DOT – RED counterclockwise near Nature Center – Unmarked Trail Connector – BLUE DOT – out-and-back on YELLOW DOT then continue on YELLOW DOT – Continental Lane Trail
Hike #2 – From River Rd lot
Parking: N40° 17.894′ W74° 52.098′ [River Rd. lot]
Rt. 1 S to 95 S to Rt 29 N. Turn LEFT at a light onto Washington Crossing Pennington Rd, then quick RIGHT on River Rd. to parking lot (don’t cross the Delaware!).
The lot is large but fills up, as it is also access for the D&R Canal towpath.
Restrooms: At one end of the parking lot. Also at the visitor center and various parking areas within the park itself.
Miles: 7.2 miles
To access the trails from this lot: Walk out the parking lot towards Nelson House and the intersection at Rt 29. Follow the pedestrian bridge over into to the park.
ROUTE: GREEN DOT – Continental Trail – YELLOW DOT – RED DOT – BLUE DOT out to Rt 29 and backtrack – Multi-Use trail to the Pond* – Multi-use trail to various Nature Trails – BLUE DOT – RED DOT – GREEN DOT
*The Pond is in the north part of the park, near Church Rd. and Fiddlers Creek Road on the map. It’s not obvious from the trail. To find the pond… the Multi-use trail T’s at a gravel road, turn LEFT and walk a short bit. Turn RIGHT at a gate by a few dirt parking spots. There are a couple of benches.
Hiked: 11/19/16 – from Visitor Center
Hiked: 04/12/15 – from River Rd Lot