Patriots’ Path

27 Mendham Road
Morris Township, NJ 07960

T: (973) 326 - 7600

Hours:
M-F: Daily, sunrise to sunset, except in horticultural sites. Please see individual horticulture site hours for more information.
Sat-Sun: Daily, sunrise to sunset, except in horticultural sites. Please see individual horticulture site hours for more information.

Directions

Journey through the natural heart of Morris County and link to an array of trails, parks, historic and recreational sites.

Patriots’ Path offers more than 70 miles of hiking, cycling, and riding trails, following the corridors of the Whippany and Black Rivers and the South Branch of the Raritan River.

It links federal, state, county, and municipal parks and trails, as well as watershed lands, historic sites, and many other points of interest throughout Morris County and neighboring Essex, Hunterdon, Sussex and Warren counties.

With it’s extensive network of trails, Patriots’ Path is easily accessible for most county residents and provides a local option for dog walking, fishing, enjoying green spaces, and more.

Plan Your Visit

The main stem of Patriots’ Path extends from East Hanover and connects the Lenape Trail in Essex County to Allamuchy Mountain State Park in Sussex County, intersecting with the Columbia Trail in Washington Township. The purpose of the trail system is to provide opportunities for passive outdoor recreation while protecting and enhancing the environmental and aesthetic integrity of the stream valleys and uplands through which it passes.

For your safety

The surface of the Patriots’ Path treadway varies with locality and terrain. Two miles of paved path run from Lake Road to Washington Valley Road in Morris Township. Other sections are stabilized with crushed stone and gravel, and still others are left as narrow paths on soil, grass, and rock. Several miles lie on cinder and gravel beds of old railroad lines in Morris and Chester Townships. Boots with ankle support and water resistance are recommended when hiking this trail network due to changing trail surface and seasonal access limitations.

Snow and ice are not removed from the trail system.

Patriots’ Path was preserved to protect the Whippany River and its tributaries. The Park Commission does not plow the trail system for a number of reasons including:

  • Snow pushed to the side of the trail negatively impacts the vegetation along the trail which buffers the stream;
  • Most importantly, there is not an effective snow/ice melting product that can keep the trails free of ice.

Alternate Trails

  • The Traction Line Recreational Trail, which begins/ends across the street from Washington Headquarters and begins/ends at Danforth Avenue in Madison Borough behind Fairleigh Dickinson University, with a number of additional access points in between. This trail is cleared of snow and ice due to requirements of the funding source that was used to construct the trail.
  • The sidewalks of Central Park of Morris County are also maintained during the winter season.
  • There is also a paved trail around the Giralda Farms corporate center that is possibly plowed; it can be accessed via Woodland Avenue in Chatham Township and Loantaka Way in Madison Borough. This trail is overseen by the corporate center.

Points of interest along Patriots’ Path

More info

With so many trail spurs and interconnections, it’s best to navigate Patriot’s Path by downloading the trail map.

Click/Tap here to learn a few tips about sharing this regional trail with your fellow outdoor enthusiasts.

Having an event along Patriots’ Path? 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.

Maps

Large – 11″ x 17″ (2 pages)

Try MCPC Explorer, a web-based, interactive experience, where you can view your current location, search parks by activity/amenity, find trails by permitted uses, easily download offline maps to your mobile device and more!

See the Trailheads tab for more locations to explore along Patriots’ Path!

Programs & Activities
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Horseback riding (limited to certain areas)
  • Fishing
  • Leashed pets welcomed along portions of trail (except within horticulture sites)
History

The first parcel of land was acquired in September 1968, and there was a bikeway dedication ceremony held on September 12, 1975. In 2014, the development of Patriots’ Path is nearly completed. Plans are underway to create a September 11th National Memorial Trail. The Patriots’ Path section of the Liberty-Water Gap Trail in Morris County will be included as a portion of this proposed historic trail. Once completed, the trail will connect all of the September 11th memorials through numerous states, from the Pentagon Building in Arlington, VA to the field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, to Ground Zero where the World Trade Center in New York City once stood.

Trailheads

Click below for driving directions

Central GPS Address for Patriots’ Path:
270 Mendham Road, Morristown, NJ 07960

Harrington Park:
90 Rock Road, Washington Township, NJ 07853

Schooley’s Mountain:
91 East Springtown Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853

Fairview Avenue:
113 Fairview Avenue, Long Valley, NJ 07853

Gillette Trail:
76 East Mill Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853

Palmer Park:
Palmer Park, Bartley, NJ 07853

Chubb Park:
Chubb Park, Chester, NJ 07930

Cooper Gristmill:
Cooper Gristmill, Chester, NJ 07930

Kay Environmental Center:
200 Pottersville Road, Chester, NJ 07930

Bamboo Brook:
170 Longview Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931

Willowwood:
300 Longview Rd, Far Hills, NJ 07931

Heistein Park:
Heistein Park, Mendham, NJ 07945

India Brook:
49 Combs Hollow Road, Mendham, NJ 07945

Highlands Park & North Road:
137 North Road, Chester, NJ 07930

Black River – Hugg Road:
11 Hugg Road, Chester, NJ 07930

Black River – Main Street:
2 Main Street, Randolph, NJ 07869

Old Brookside Road:
30 Old Brookside Road, Randolph, NJ 07869

Mountain Avenue:
73 Mountain Avenue, Mendham, NJ 07945

West Main Street:
323 Mendham Road, West Mendham, NJ 07945

Dismal Harmony Natural Area:
40 East Main Street, Morristown, NJ 07960

Mendham Road by Lewis Morris Park:
192 Washington-Mendham Road, East Mendham, NJ 07945

Sunrise Lake – Lewis Morris Park:
Sunrise Lake Drive, Mendham, NJ 07945

Whitehead Road:
59-81 Whitehead Road, Morristown, NJ 07960

Washington Valley Road:
110 Washington Valley Road, Morristown, NJ 07960

Fosterfields:
10 Ramney Hill Road, Morristown, NJ 07960

Sussex Avenue:
403-407 Sussex Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960

Inamere Road:
17-21 Inamere Road, Morristown, NJ 07960

Lake Valley Road:
44-46 Lake Valley Road, Morristown, NJ 07960

Speedwell:
292 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960

Frelinghuysen Arboretum:
353 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960

Central Park:
39-41 Eden Lane, Whippany, NJ 07981

Bee Meadow Park:
22 Howell Street, Whippany, NJ 07981

South Beverwyck Road:
1231 South Beverwyck Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054