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Socially Distant Exploring: 10 Trails & Neighborhoods to Check Out in the Morristown Area!

As it starts getting warmer, people are coming out of isolation to walk and run in the Morristown area (six feet apart from others, PLEASE!) While many parks and trails are closed, there are still plenty of beautiful spots to run, walk, or bike ride. Here are a few to check out:


PSA before you read any further: Please, please, please remember to follow local and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19 and to keep social distance which is 6ft apart! Also, please always be aware of your surroundings. If you see something, say something! We are living in uncertain times so please practice safety and good judgement. 


Parks/Trails:


  • Traction Line Recreation Trail: This is an almost 3-mile, paved trail that spans between Morristown and Madison and runs parallel to New Jersey Transit’s Morris & Essex lines.

  • Loantaka Brook Reservation: Loantaka might be more crowded, so watch out for others. The park is made up of over 9 miles of trails, is beautiful and passes by gorgeous lakes and scenery. 

  • Patriots Path: Another path that may be a bit crowded right now. Patriots Path consists of 46.3 miles of main trails and 27 miles of spur trail located on 291.9 acres, Patriots’ Path is a trail system of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, as well as green open spaces. 

  • Speedwell Lake: Connects to Patriots Path and offers a ton of history and serene lake views. Great place to stop and snap a pic for the Gram.  

  • Lewis Morris County Park: This park has 22 miles of trails for hiking, walking and off-road biking and is open sunrise to sunset.  


Neighborhoods:


  • MacCulloch Ave and Maple Ave Neighborhoods: Very nice area in Morristown for running and relatively flat. Be sure to stop and take in the stunning homes!

  • James Street Neighborhood: Try walking or running on this street near the center of Morristown. There are lots of side streets to run down and the route is relatively flat. 

  • Lidgerwood Park to Foote's Pond on James street: This loop provides great scenery from unique homes and architecture to the nature and wildlife at the recently transformed Foote’s Pond.  

  • Frederick Road Neighborhood: This area is not far from the center of Morristown and connects to Jockey Hollow Preserve.

  • South Street: There’s not as much traffic right now so this may be a good option to run or walk right in the heart of Morristown. There are also several streets to loop down and around through.  


Apps to download:

  • Discover Morris County: Offers a virtual walking tour through Morristown 

  • All Trails: Discover hiking, running and biking trails wherever you are!

  • Check out the Peloton app for guided outdoor runs. The app is free right now!

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