Jonathan’s Woods

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Old Beach Glen
Denville, NJ 07834

T: (973) 326 - 7600

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

Directions

Find unexpected isolation and treasures in a diverse natural tract that’s easy to reach just off of Route 80.

Take a remarkable journey into nature on this pristine 560-acre tract in Denville, which offers a host of opportunities for natural discovery.

The well-marked trail network takes you through forests, wetlands, ridges, and babbling brooks and streams. Each trail leads to unique experiences like bird watching, spring wildflowers, fall colors, diverse animal habitats, and more.

You’ll even find some local history at Hog Pen, a natural enclosure of rocks used as a seasonal animal shelter during and prior to the American Revolution.

Traverse Jonathan’s Woods on foot, by horse, or even winter snowshoes.

Plan Your Visit

Click/Tap here to learn a few tips about sharing this pristine, natural space with each other!

Having an event in Jonathan’s Woods? 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.

Maps

Trail Maps

Large – 11″ x 17″ (1 page)

Letter – 8.5″ x 11″ (2 pages, split)

Recommended Hike

Birder’s Loop (Letter – 8.5″ x 11″ , 1 page)

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Programs & Activities
  • Biking (unpaved)
  • Hiking
  • Cross-country skiing/snowshoeing
  • Observe wildlife
  • Leashed pets welcomed
History

During the Revolutionary War, from mid-November through January 1780, food was scarce for George Washington’s Continental Army residing in the area. While most settlers in nearby farms generously contributed New Jersey’s required quota for troop food and supplies, they needed to feed their own families as well. To avoid the marauding troops, local farmers resorted to removing their livestock from farmyard view, and hid them out of sight in the Hog Pen (a natural enclosure of rocks in the park), keeping the animals safe from the pilfering and plundering soldiers.

According to Jean Ricker, a local historian, “Indian Jonathan, who made his first recorded appearance in Munsell’s 1882 History of Morris County, and for whom the adjoining woods are named, sometimes wintered in the creamery of the James Miller house still standing at the intersection of Valley and Rockaway Valley Roads.” Another legend mentions that four Hessian soldiers were imprisoned here during the Revolutionary War. The trails over this property have been developed in connection with POWWW, Protect Our Wetlands, Water, and Woods.