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 Johnsons 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.
This was a great hike that wasn't overly crowded on a Saturday afternoon. I hiked the Ridge trail which was a 4 mile out and back hike from the lodge/visitors center. Though there were no grand, sweeping views (except for at the lodge/visitors center) the scenery directly surrounding the trail was always beautiful and ever changing (boulders to densely wooded areas etc). Theres an abandoned farmstead a few minutes off of the ridge trail. In general, there was always something different (orchard, lodge,farm stead etc) to stumble upon-which kept my interest though I typically prefer a hike with a view as the reward. I would come back again as there were several other trails I didn't get to explore.
We hiked 3.8 miles with our dog on a beautiful sunny morning. With the dog and our 9 and 11 year old kids this is just the right hike in terms of elevation and difficulty. There are some rocks as you ascend to the loop on the blue path which may require some patience with dogs but it's traversable. Great hike and we look forward to coming again and trying the different trails.
Great local options. There are flat and hilly trails to chose from and they are well marked. The seasons bring something new to the trails, view of Mercer county is worth the sweat. Love to mix the trails to break up the monotony. #trailmix
Parked off Church Road at Washington's Crossing State Park, took the red then the blue trail up the power cut up to the Ridge Trail. There was a little bit of a heavily wooded scramble up to Ridge Trail, with a nice easy-going walk from the parking lot all the way to visitor's center.
I disagree about things being boring—rather, I felt the abandoned farmstead and the picturesque visitor's center were almost magical when I got to them. Nice views at the top of the hill with plenty of picnic tables for a nice lunch.
My total loop was about 7 miles and left me feeling refreshed afterward. It's a good hike to share with someone who hasn't hiked. The first and last bits may feel a little rough to some, but the easygoing trip on the Ridge Trail will give plenty of time to relax and chat with a friend.
Very Easy, a bit boring. no real nice views. There is a small pond with frogs and fish next to a couple of abandoned buildings that is relaxing to sit by but other than that this trail is mostly for the people who live around the area. I wouldn't drive more than 15 minutes to get to it.
Good if you want to go for a jog or just get outside, nothing special though.
These trails are definitely challenging in the slushy snow but the old buildings and mountain views are quaint. It was nice to hear the birds and the train whistle while on the Ridgeline trail (white blazes). It worked out really well to start at Brickyard Road and head to the Church Road entrance to the trail (blazes red). I then continued to Ridgeline and the Ted Stiles Reserve main road to Fiddler's Creek Road back to Brickyard Road. My dad (an octogenarian) used to sled down this mountain as a kid. Trails are well marked and map is accurate. DO IT!