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George Washington's Mountain Lookout: A visit to Washington Rock State Park

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Last weekend, with fall in the air and a new set of wheels, my hubby and I looked around for a destination for a Sunday drive. We settled on Washington Rock State Park, located in Green Brook Township, New Jersey (GPS Coordinates: DMS 40° 36’ 47.65” N 74° 28' 23.70" W). What makes this park interesting is what makes so many New Jersey sites interesting... George Washington and New York City views!



The park is an elevated outcrop of rock which gave General Washington a strategic view of the New Jersey plains below.

Looking south from Washington's Rock one can see for 30 miles
A view to the southeast
During 1777 and again in 1778-1779, Revolutionary forces ensconced themselves in the Middlebrook encampment in New Jersey's Watchung Mountains, which span Morris, Union, Essex and Passaic counties. From their mountain stronghold, the patriots were able to monitor movement of the red coats between British-held Manhattan and the city of Philadelphia.


The New York City skyli…