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Battlefield Park Hideaway

Battlefield Park Hideaway

Psssst. There’s a secret little park behind the Princeton Battlefield Monument – and it hides the best climbing tree in town. And a scenic little pond. With smitten geese. And a little waterfall….

Past the pillars of the monument, and the memorial plaque – just as you detect that intoxicating scent of pine needles on a warm day – winds a well-worn trail over to a sloping garden. Beautifully maintained, this secret garden hosts a variety of gorgeous, mature trees.  An old, withered paved road curves from the left to the bottom of the meadow and along a lovely pond with small waterfalls at each end.  The road leads to a gate with a “no trespassing” sign.  A goose was nesting on the pond’s island when we visited. 

The highlight for my child was the climbing tree – the great grandfather of climbing trees in the area- with broad, gentle limbs that are ever ready to gather you up.



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