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 Overview
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 1154 acres, which includes the Sunrise Lake Recreation Area which includes facilities for swimming, boating, and fishing. A bath/boathouse provides restrooms, changing rooms, snack bar and a first-aid room. The Park also faeyures a Parcourse Exercise Circuit, three ballfields, a group camping area and six distinct picnic areas and miles of marked trails for mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding.
Lewis Morris County Park, an urban legend in our book, in the not so distant past, has undergone a major renovation of its trail system by volunteers from the Morris Trails Conservancy, local bike shops, and JORBA (Jersey Off-Road Bicycling Association), the local mountain bike club. 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, the park is a welcome respite. 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".
A 4.2 mile bike trail, marked with yellow blazes, was designed to minimize conflicts with pedestrians and equestrians who also use this trail. Cyclists need to be aware and considerate of other trail users. Although not an an extreme technical challenge, there are enough obstacles, rooty, rocky sections, long hill climbs and descents with 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.
Patriots Path is a work in progress, linear park whose development began about 20 years ago as a greenway to give walkers, cyclists and equestrians a wooded route between some of the major towns and attractions of northwest New Jersey. Today, almost twenty miles of continuous trail travel from Speedwell Avenue in Morristown to Ralston Corners in Chester. Another section of the path runs through Lewis Morris Park and Jockey Hollow.
Access to the junction of these two sections is on route 24, near Sunrise Lake in Morris Township. East leads to Morristown. West leads to Mendham. South travels through Lewis Morris Park to the New Jersey Brigade section of Jockey Hollow*.
*Lewis Morris connects to the Jockey Hollow unit of the Morristown National Historical Park, which does NOT allow bikes on the trails. They are REALLY touchy about that. However, you can bike on the roads. There are signs on all trails leading to Jockey Hollow.
The trail is partly paved and part cinder, mostly flat, with some gentle rises and drops. It winds through woods, across streams and crosses several highways. It offers scenic views of the Whippany River and provides easy riding and accessibility to some very picturesque and historic features and areas.
To request a map from the Park Commission, call (973) 326-7600.
Morris County Park Rules of the Trail: 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.
For more information:
Morris Lewis County Park:
Phone: (973) 326-7600