Named for Lewis Morris, the first Governor of the State of New Jersey, this Park was the first to be opened in the Morris County Park System in March, 1958. The original 350 acres have grown to a total of 2,196 acres which includes the Sunrise Lake Recreation Area and the former Bartenstein property on Leddell Road which is surrounded by the Morristown National Historic Park at Jockey Hollow.
There's nothing like a Bikes and Beaches experience that also features a floating waterpark wth a water obstacle course and the popular inflatable Zoom Floom. There is a bath / boathouse with restrooms, first aid station, snack bars and more. Lewis Morris County Park also serves as a popular recreational trail hub linking federal, state and county parks, lands and facilities across Morris County.
Lewis Morris Park Trail Connections
Patriots Path / Greenway
Mileage / Blaze: 46.3 miles
Patriots' Path is a linear park in Northwest New Jersey comprised of 46.3 miles of main trails and 27 miles of spur trails located on 291.9 acres. The main stem (white blaze trail markers) 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.
This multi-use trail is partly paved and part cinder, mostly flat with gentle rises and drops. It winds through woods, across streams and crosses several highways. The path travels along the corridors of the Whippany and Black Rivers and the South Branch of the Raritan. The Black and South Branches of the Raritan are two of the most pristine trout production streams in New Jersey state.
Some sections of the Patriots' Path may be overgrown and trail markings may be hard to find or unreadable. Take a trail map with you.
There are 2 main sections: Patriots Path East and Patriots Path west. From Lewis Moriis County Park:
Lewis Morris County Park Trails Description
Lewis Morris County Park is an urban legend in our book. The trail system was developed by volunteers from the Morris Trails Conservancy, and JORBA (Jersey Off-Road Bicycling Association), the local mountain bike club and other trail user groups. The trails are a combination of multi-use trails and trails designated for specific uses.
This is a great place for both beginners and more experienced riders. In crowded urban New Jersey, this county park is a recreational delight for both kids and adults. Although the more experienced mountain bikers craving technical challenges may find the Lewis Morris mountain bike trails too "tame", the rest of us welcome the opportunity for a good workout on miles of trails and a place where we can take the kids to learn the "Art of Mountain Biking".
Mileage / Blaze: 5.9 miles, Yellow Blaze
This popular long distance mountain bike trail was designed to minimize conflicts with pedestrians and equestrians who also use this trail. It's most easily accessible from Sunrise Lake. From there it chains and connects to the Red Trail and Campground area at the southern end. In-between, there are several beginner trails that intersect providing the opportunity for shorter loop rides.
Although not an an extreme technical challenge, there are enough obstacles, rooty, rocky sections, long hill climbs and descents over loose gravel to make things interesting for the intermediate level rider.
1. There are two ways to access the trail. The bike path intersects Patriots' Path near Sunrise Lake. Park at the upper parking lot for Sunrise Lake. Travel down the path at the back of the parking lot, and turn right onto Patriots' Path. Back toward the lake -- yellow blazes lead up a steep hill.
2. Park at the small Patriots' Path lot on route 24. Look for yellow blazes going up a hill at a major trail intersection. Follow the yellow blazes which eventually lead back to Patriots' Path.
Groups of more than 20 riders must get a special permit to use county parks. All mountain bikers must wear helmets and all bikes must be have warning bells or horns. Excessive speed is prohibited, cyclists must yield to all other trail users, ride to the right in single file and be sensitive to the land, flora and fauna.
Trail Highlights & Nearby Points of Interest
The Cultural Center
When you arrive, visit the headquarters of the Morris County Park Commission at 300 Mendham Road for more information. There is ample parking, exhibits and a lovely courtyard.
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
The first "Living" Historical Farm in NJ State and a National Register Historic Site. In 1972, Caroline Foster donated Fosterfields to the Morris County Park Commission. It's the "real thing". Hands on and a working farm using the authentic tools of the times.
Unique events take place all year round from kick off the Spring season with a celebration of the Immigrant Farm Workers and Born To Be Shorn in April to Farm Friday Summer Concerts and more.
73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township, NJ 07960.
The farm can also be accessed via the Patriots' Path main stem (white blaze trail markers) at Lewis Morris County park from the Sunrise Lake Beach Recreation Area. From there the trail heads northwest and crosses into Morris Township.
Lewis Morris, also known as Lewis Morris III, was one of the two Dutch Americans who signed the Declaration of Independence. At that time he was a delegate to the Continental Congress for the State of New York. He became the first appointed Governor of a New Jersey no longer administratively linked to New York.
He was a prolific speech writer and was among the few delegates who stood up and delivered passionate orations denouncing slavery. Gouverneur Morris also loved to ride horses, climb church steeples, shoot river rapids and shake his (wooden) leg dancing.
We are sure he would have loved to mountain bike.
From Route 287 South: Take exit 35, Madison Ave. Turn RIGHT and at the light turn RIGHT onto Route 124 West, South Street. Continue straight, travel around the "Green". Turn RIGHT at the light onto Route 510 West/Washington St. Continue on County Route 510 West (Formerly Route 24) passing Delbarton School on your left. The park entrance is just after the second Delbarton entrance on your left.
From Route 287 North: Take to exit 35, South Street/Madison Ave. Turn LEFT onto Route 124 West, South Street. Follow the directions above from South Street.
Lewis Morris County Park Commission
New Jersey County Parks: Morris County Park Commission - www.morrisparks.net