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Washington Rock
State Park

Location:
Somerset County, Green Brook Township

Somerset County Park Commission
Location:
355 Milltown Road
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Mail:
PO Box 5327
North Branch, NJ 08876

(908) 722-1200

GPS Coordinates
40° 36’ 47.65” N 74° 28' 23.70" W

Size: 52 acres

Fees: No entrance fee.
Link to the Related Fees page

Directions:
Take Route 22 to Greenbrook Township to Washington Rock Road. The park is located on Washington Rock Road.

Facilities & Activities:
  • Picnic tables
  • Scenic overlook
 

 

The strategic location of Washington Rock made it a valuable lookout point during the American Revolution for General George Washington in June of 1777 when the British army under General William Howe was moving toward Westfield. From the vantage point of this natural rock outcropping, General Washington had a thirty-mile panoramic view of the valley and was able to instruct his troops to circle behind Howe’s troops and cut off their retreat.

One of the oldest state parks in New Jersey, Washington Rock was originally purchased in 1913 to commemorate the historical events of 1777. Situated on top of Watchung Mountain in Green Brook Township, the park is best known for its scenic vista and historical significance. The park is a popular site for picnicking and relaxing.

Washington Rock is currently being managed by the Somerset County Park Commission. For more information contact: (908) 722-1200.

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

During this time, state parks and forests will continue to be open to the public for hiking and other passive recreation. Community health is crucial right now and exercising (walking, hiking, and biking) while observing social distancing practices can help ensure public health.

FACILITIES CLOSED; EVENTS CANCELED

To protect public health and safety due to the spread of COVID-19, the State Park Service has closed all park facilities (restrooms, offices, nature centers, historic buildings), canceled all events, and canceled all upcoming camping reservations through Thursday, April 30.

CAMPING RESERVATIONS REFUNDED

Existing camping reservations from Monday, March 16, through Thursday, April 30, will be canceled. Reservations will be refunded in full at our earliest convenience. Campers currently occupying a campsite will be required to leave by the end of today, March 16. No new future camping reservations are being accepted.

Check back to this Facebook page and the Division of Parks and Forestry’s website for any new information.

Learn more about COVID-19 from the New Jersey Department of Health: https://www.nj.gov/health/

The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry would like to remind you practice social distancing while visiting park trails, to cover sneezes, and wash your hands often.

 

Park Hours

Open daily sunrise to sunset.

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. 

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

 

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