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.
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 biodegradable bag with you when visiting to take your trash home. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.
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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