Silas Condict County Park

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1 Kinnelon Road
Kinnelon, NJ 07405

T: (973) 326 - 7600

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

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Amenities

Slip deep into nature, engage in active recreation, or get married at a site with a bit of a notorious past

With 1,513 scenic acres, 10 miles of meandering trails, and connections to several overlooks in the Kinnelon area, Silas Condict County Park is a great place to breathe and reconnect with nature. One way to connect is by siting on a bench taking in the sights and sounds near the picturesque seven-acre lake that is partially lined with weeping cherry trees.

Plan Your Visit

There are reservable picnic sites, shelter and tents that include tables, benches, and grills located throughout the park for your enjoyment. Plan a fun picnic for family and friends.

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.

The Casino is an historic stone building renovated to restore its rich, authentic character. It is rumored that the building was a speakeasy in days of the Prohibition era. The Casino’s interior walls feature intricate murals carefully preserved to depict early life in the region. Original woodworking, mirrors, and fixtures add warmth and charm to any occasion, including weddings, birthday parties, reunions, and other special events.

This park offers over 10 miles of trails for your enjoyment. Whether you are a hiker, trail runner or an equestrian rider there is something for everyone. Click here for the Silas Condict County Park trail guide or here for trail resources and information on trail courtesy and safety.

Maps

Large – 11″ x 17″ (1 page)

Letter – 8.5″ x 11″ (2 pages, split)

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Programs & Activities
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Picnic Sites
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross Country Skiing
History

In June 1963, the Morris County Park Commission acquired its first parcel of land that would become Silas Condit County Park. The Park was dedicated in September 1964.

The Park was named for the Revolutionary War Patriot, Silas Condict, a farmer, surveyor, and politician who lived in Morris County. Silas Condict’s political career began in 1775 when the Freeholders elected him as a delegate to the Provincial Legislature. He was a member of the committee that drafted New Jersey’s first Constitution and was appointed President of the Committee of Safety. Silas Condict also served as a member of the Continental Congress, and was appointed Deputy Surveyor of the lands of the Eastern Division of New Jersey. He was elected to the New Jersey House of Assembly and served as its speaker in 1792-94 and again in 1797.

The original acres of the Park were occupied by various families throughout the 1800s to the mid-1900s. In 1926, during Prohibition, John Canty Sr. purchased the property and built a much larger dam, creating the present day seven-acre lake. Canty razed a barn and constructed the stone speakeasy in 1933, which is now The Casino. The property was known as Canty Farm. It was learned from a local man present at the time of the speakeasy that “the Casino was constructed as a private club for the use and entertainment of all the selected bootleggers, racketeers, beer barons, and special friends.” The speakeasy closed in 1938, five years after the repeal of prohibition.