Rides & Destinations: Princeton Battlefield State Park, New Jersey

Rich in historical significance, the Princeton Battlefield State Park and surrounding areas are also a great ride through green fields and forests.

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by Joe Berk
A road through the forest the Continental Army used to advance upon British troops at the Princeton battlefield site.

The Skinny

What: Princeton Battlefield State Park, 500 Mercer Road, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, (609) 921-0074. Admission is free; the Clark House is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Avoid: Not checking the weather. The roads can ice during the winter months.
How to Get There: Princeton is about 55 miles southwest of New York City. The quickest ticket in is on the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95). You can take Exit 9 to enter New Brunswick (follow the signs for SR 18 and the Rutgers campus). Pick up SR 27 in New Brunswick and follow it southwest to Princeton, and then turn left on Mercer Street (shortly after turning left on Mercer, you’ll pass right by Albert Einstein’s house). The Princeton Battlefield State Park is just a mile or so farther along. After seeing the Princeton battlefield site, continue on Mercer Road and turn right on Quaker Road to get back to US 206. Follow it to Trenton and the Delaware River for the great ride suggested above.
Best Kept Secret: Breakfast at PJ’s Pancake House on Nassau Street in Princeton (it’s where we went when we played hooky in high school, and it’s still great). The pancakes and omelets are incredible.

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