Loantaka Brook Reservation

468 South Street
Morris Township, NJ 07960

T: (973) 326 - 7600

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

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Amenities

One of the most popular county parks with four distinct sections that provide something for everyone!

Covering over 850 acres, with almost 10 miles of trails, Loantaka Brook offers peaceful nature and fun places to picnic, work out, play, or unwind. A linear greenway wanders through lush, flat terrain that is perfect for cycling, jogging, hiking, horseback riding, skating, and cross-country skiing across sections of Morris Township, Chatham Township, Madison and Harding. There are picnic areas, athletic fields, a kids’ playground, fishing areas, and exercise stations, or visit the horses at Seaton Hackney Stables.

Plan Your Visit

There is a picnic area and 2 shelters that include tables, benches, and grills located throughout the park for your enjoyment.

Two softball fields (South Street) are available to rent for league, club, or pick-up softball games, while a third field (Kitchell Road) is available for recreational kickball or softball.

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.

With almost 10 miles of trails through beautiful scenery, this is a great park for hikers, joggers or walkers of all ages and skill levels. Want to check out the trails from a different perspective? Make arrangements with Seaton Hackney Stables to explore the trails on horseback or use the Koloni App to rent a bike through the Morris Moves Bike Share Program sponsored by the Morris Park Alliance. There are three docking stations: South Street, Kitchell Road, and Loantaka Way. Bike rentals are available from spring through fall. Fees are $1 per half hour. Be sure to lock the bike when you return it to the docking station. Click here for trail resources and information on trail courtesy and safety.

Visit the Kitchell Road section of the park to fish at the beautiful 5-acre Kitchell Pond, enjoy a picnic, or utilize the recreational softball field and green space. Follow Loantaka Brook through the Helen Hartley Jenkins Woods, natural woodland with serene trails. Noted ecologists have called this area one of the finest untouched forests in the nation.

Maps

Large – 11″ x 17″ (1 page)

Letter – 8.5″ x 11″ (2 pages, split)

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Programs & Activities
  • Biking
  • Cross-County Skiing
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Exercise/Fitness
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Areas
  • Playground
  • Snowshoeing
  • Softball Fields
History

The Park Commission acquired its first three land parcels on December 30, 1957, which were donated by J. Spencer Woods, the M. Hartley Dodges, and the George E. Potters. The vision of these donors was to create a linear greenway to protect Loantaka Brook. Seaton Hackney Stables was donated to the Park Commission on September 25, 1958 by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Moore.

Loantaka Brook Reservation bears a name given by the Lenni Lenapes, which means ‘the place of cold winter.’ During the Revolutionary War, an encampment that housed approximately 2,000 soldiers was located on a portion of what is now Reservation property during the winter of 1776-1777. This took place an entire year prior to the more famous Jockey Hollow encampment.