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A short, easy hike with great views of New Hope, Lambertville, and the Delaware RIver. The hike to Goat Hill Overlook takes you to the spot where George Washington and once stood.
1 miles (1.6 km)
Goat Hill Overlook Hike Trail Maps
Use this address in Google Maps to get to the trailhead:
21 George Washington Rd, Lambertville, NJ, 08530, USA
The Goat Hill Overlook hike is is about an hour north of Philadelphia and an hour west of New York City.
The hike winds around Goat Hill to reach the overlook, where you get views of the Delaware River, New Hope, and Lambertville.
The hike is short and only climbs about 70ft.
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