City of Trenton

Mercer County, NJ

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The City of Trenton [†] is the capitol of New Jersey and the county seat of Mercer County. Located along the banks of the Delaware River, Trenton is bordered by the Mercer County municipalities of Ewing, Lawrence, and Hamilton Townships to the north, east, and south.

The total area of Trenton is 5,270.09 acres, or about 8.23 square miles. The boundary of the city extends to the middle of the Delaware River and includes a number of small uninhabited islands.

Several major transportation corridors pass through Trenton, including US Route 1 and the Northeast Corridor railroad.

The City of Trenton has a variety of parks and recreation facilities, ranging from sports fields and playgrounds to multi‐use trails.

At about 100 acres in size, the largest park in the city is the historic Cadwalader Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The Trenton Museum, housed in the historic Ellarslie mansion, is located within Cadwalader Park.

Another symbolic feature in Trenton is the Battle Monument, which commemorates the American victory at the first Battle of Trenton on December 26, 1776. The monument's location at the intersection of Broad and Warren Streets is where the American artillery was stationed to defend the city.

The Delaware & Raritan (D & R) Canal State Park extends for nearly seven miles through the city and includes both the feeder and main canal towpath historically used by mules to pull barges along the canal. Part of the National Recreational Trails System, the 70‐mile linear park and multi‐use trail connects Lambertville to New Brunswick.

City of Trenton Natural Resources Inventory, De;aware Valley Regional Planning Commission, 2015,, accessed October, 2020.

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