What to do in Princeton Battlefield State Park

Information provided by New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry

The famous Mercer Oak, once stood in the middle of the battlefield, not far from the spot where General Hugh Mercer fell during the Battle of Princeton. The Clarke House, built by Thomas Clarke in 1772, witnessed the fierce fighting and served as sanctuary for General Mercer, who died there nine days later. The house contains period furniture and Revolutionary War exhibits.

Princeton Battlefield, the Clarke House Museum, Offspring, Mercer Oak, the Ionic Colonnade designed by Thomas U. Walter (architect of the US Capitol Building), a stone patio marking the grave of 21 British and 15 American soldiers killed in the battle. A poem was written for the site by Alfred Noyes, Poet Laureate of England.

Princeton Battle Monument - The monument, designed by sculptor Frederick MacMonnies and dedicated by President Harding, is located on park property at Stockton Street and Bayard Street in Princeton.

Hiking: Adjacent to the park, the Institute Woods is comprised of a 588 acre mixed hardwood, wetlands and agricultural land with a variety of trails. Most trails are level to slightly graded. There are no specific ADA trails but many level trails.


Cross-country skiing

Mercer County

Located on Mercer Road (Princeton Pike). 1.5 miles south of Princeton University and 3.8 miles north of Interstate 295/95.

The temperatures in New Jersey vary slightly, with the southern area being the warmest. Winter weather can start by October and is in full force by November, temperatures average 20 to 40 degrees. Spring can begin in mid March and brings temperatures of 50 degrees F, by April temperatures can reach 65 degrees F. Summer weather can extend from late May to mid September, and temperatures often reach 95 degrees during this season with nighttime lows near 65 degrees. Fall weather has temperatures between 65 and 45 degrees F. Precipitation levels in New Jersey are highest from March through August

500 Mercer Road
Princeton, NJ 08540-4810

Phone: 609-921-0074

Email: Michele.buckley@dep.state.nj.us
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