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Goat Hill Overlook Hike

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  • Turn by Turn Hike Directions & Video
  • How to Get to Goat Hill Overlook
  • Goat Hill Overlook Trail Maps
Distance1 miles (1.6 km)
Hike Time1 Hour (Total)
Difficulty (?)Easy
Total Ascent (?)70 feet (21m)
Highest Elevation428 feet (130m)
Fees & PermitsFree
Dog FriendlyLeashed
Park WebsiteWashington Crossing State Park
Park Phone609-737-0623
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The Goat Hill Overlook hike is short, easy, and takes you to a lookout where George Washington once stood to survey the land around New Hope and Lambertville.  Actually, Goat Hill Overlook was used by both George Washington and British General Charles Cornwallis to view opposing forces up and down the Delaware River. Goat Hill is also known as Washington’s Rock.

Goat Hill Overlook is a 213-acre scenic preserve, administered as part of nearby Washington Crossing State Park. It opened in 2009. Before becoming a park it was going to be a quarry, and before that it was owned by the Boy Scouts.

This guide gives you directions from the trailhead, which is a short drive from Lambertville, NJ. You can also walk to the trailhead from the center of Lambertville (or New Hope). It’s about a 1.5 mile hike (45 minutes) to the trailhead from central Lambertville on lightly trafficked streets. It’s a nice walk if you have more time.

Getting to the Goat Hill Overlook Trailhead

Use this trailhead address: 21 George Washington Rd, Lambertville, NJ, 08530, USA.

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Follow the trailhead address until you get to this turn off to the left. Head left up the dirt road. There’s no Google Maps address for the actual trailhead parking lot.

Gear For the Hike

You don’t need any special gear for the hike, but it can get muddy, so wear appropriate footwear. It’s nice to bring a pair of binoculars to the summit too.

La Sportiva Spire

The La Sportiva Spire boots feel like comfortable sneakers but offer the protection of hiking boots. They’re great on everything from short hikes to longer hikes of 10+ miles. You don’t want to skimp on your feet.
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Opsrey Stratos 24

I test a lot of gear, and for short to medium day hikes, travel, and everyday use, the Osprey Stratos (men) and Osprey Sirrus (women) are consistently the best. They’re lightweight, hold a hydration bladder to make drinking water easy, have lots of pockets to organize gear, and most importantly, are incredibly comfortable. Check out the reviews; they are impressive.
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Garmin Instinct

If you’re hiking, I’m guessing you’re a fitness conscious person. That’s where a GPS tracking watch like the Garmin Instinct comes in. You can load the GPX file from this hike onto the watch and make sure that you’re on the trail at all times. You can also track your pace and calories for the hike, runs, bike rides, workouts, and almost everything. If you’re not ready to spend the money on a watch like the Fenix 6, the Garmin Instinct is a great way to get a lot of the same features without the cost. Latest Low Prices Here

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Goat Hill Overlook Trail Maps

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The hike winds around Goat Hill to reach the overlook, where you get views of the Delaware River, New Hope, and Lambertville.

Goat Hill Overlook Hike Directions

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Turn by Turn Hike Directions

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There’s a small parking lot at the trailhead. Parking is free. The trailhead is at the end of the lot on the right.
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Check the hiking board for any information. On this day, not much is going on.
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At the end of the parking lot is a gate where the trail starts.
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The trail is wide and easy to follow.
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Shortly after the start, there’s a trail off to the left. Keep straight, heading uphill.
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Stay on the wider path, avoiding any small paths off to the side as you reach the ridge.
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As you hike closer to Goat Hill Overlook, there’s some small trails to the left. Again, stay on the larger trail.
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Eventually you come to a clearing. This is Goat Hill Overlook.
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Enjoy the views, take your selfies, and then walk back the way you came. You can explore the smaller trails off the picnic area too. Most of them lead back to the main trail. Enjoy the hike!

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