Traction Line Recreation Trail

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Traction Line Recreational Trail
Morristown, NJ 07960

T: (973) 326 - 7600

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

Directions

A seamless escape for outdoor fitness in the busier sections of Madison and Morristown.

The popular 2.7-mile Traction Line Recreation Trail parallels the NJ Transit rail tracks from Morristown to Madison, and is an ideal place to walk, run, bike, or rollerblade for all ages and fitness levels.

The linear trail runs past Fairleigh Dickinson University, through Convent Station, past the College of St. Elizabeth, and takes you to Washington’s Headquarters at Morristown National Historical Park in Morristown.

Enjoy a pleasant walk or bike along the trail, which is relatively flat and accessible to users with different abilities and needs.

For a more rigorous workout, use the Fit-Trail, which features ten cardio and strength training stations.

Plan Your Visit

There is no public parking available at the Traction Line trailheads.

Trail Access Points:

  • Convent Road, Morris Township (Convent Station)
  • Kahn Road, Morris Township
  • Danforth Road, Florham Park Borough
  • Morris Avenue at Route 287, Morristown

The Traction Line is a popular linear path shared by pedestrians, in-line skaters, and bikers. Click here to learn a few tips about sharing this relaxing, natural space with each other!

Maps

Small – 8.5″ x 11″ (1 page)

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Programs & Activities
  • Jogging/running/walking
  • Biking
  • In-line skating
  • Fit-Trail exercise stations
History

In 1981, Jersey City Power and Light Company donated portions of the property to the Morris County Park Commission. The original trolley line, used by Morris County Traction Company, was designated to be used as a recreational trail. The linear park parallels a portion of the Morris/Essex Rail Line, operated by New Jersey Transit, between Morristown and Madison Borough centers. The trail was developed with the cooperation of the Jersey Central Power and Light Company (JCP&L) and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT); it was opened in June of 1986. In 1993, the county received a $495,000 grant through the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act for an extension of the trail. The Fit-Trail stations were installed in September 2012, and donated by BASF.