Hugh Force Park

18 W Central Ave
Wharton, NJ 07885

T: (973) 326 - 7600

M-F: Daily, sunrise to sunset.
Sat-Sun: Daily, sunrise to sunset.



A nice green space in a busy area to walk, run, picnic, play, and get a first-hand look at history.

This 9-acre park in Wharton boasts a combination of natural, historic, and conservation features along a portion of the former Morris Canal, which dates from 1831-1924.

Take a scenic walk along one of the best-preserved sections of the canal, including the towpath, retaining wall, railbed, lock, and lock tender’s house.

The park is popular with walkers, joggers and bicyclists, and features a picnic grove, playground, and pavilion right in the midst of a very busy section of the county.

Plan Your Visit

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Having an event in Hugh Force Park? Clubs, organizations, businesses and groups of 25 or more persons utilizing any Morris County Park area are required to make a reservation and obtain a permit. Click/Tap here to learn more.


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Programs & Activities
  • Hiking
  • Jogging
  • Picnic Areas
  • Historical – the Morris Canal
  • Enjoy the annual “Canal Day” festival

In 1996, Hugh Force Park became the hub of what is now known as the West Morris Greenway, as well as the western extension of Patriots’ Path, part of the National Trails System. On November 4, 1831, the first trip from Newark to Phillipsburg, New Jersey was completed by boat on the Morris Canal supplying a unique enterprise that connected communities and provided significant economic benefit to the communities it touched. On October 1, 1974 the Morris Canal was listed on the National Register of Historical Places.