North from Maple Street
From starting point one can also go north from footbridge along John
F. Kennedy Drive (in the bed of the canal). At James St. there is a sign
saying that the bridge was once a "cross over" tow bridge. Go straight
(E. Passaic Ave. (formerly Canal St)). The next cross street is Baldwin St.
here marks the beginning of an incline. Go straight on E. Passaic crossing
Hoover Ave. (more or less the top of the incline). You will soon pass by
Old Canal Inn, Cross Garden State Pkwy, Centre St. Make a left on Pitch St.,
a dead end but there is a foot bridge over Pkwy. At other side there seems
to be a right of way path along Pkwy., a few blocks down a ditch will
appear... the remains of the canal. Keeping straight you will come upon
Oak Tree Ln., follow out to make a right Broughton Ave. A right on
Watchung for a block on north side one will see a sign for the canal.
Turn around and go west on Watchung Ave.
Go west on Watchung Ave., and make right at dog statue on Broad St.
At light make left onto what is still Broad St. Go straight on
Broad St. crossing Garden State Pkwy. on W. Passaic Ave. Make left
on Lindenbergh Blvd until end where the remains of canal on left go
through Upper Montclair Country Club. Here we loose the canal for a
ways. Make right on Raab Ave. and right on Garrabrant Ave. Make a
left on Sylvan Rd. Make left on Bloomfield Ave. and after going under
Route 3 make left on Orchard Dr. stay on this keeping left. Make left
on Woodbridge Rd and go straight and follow sidewalk into Allwood
Park. Follow to end and make right on New Brier Ln. and then
left onto Combee Ln. Follow straight under power lines to
Make left on Joyce Ln. and go straight through to parking lot.
Here you can see sign for canal on other side of Route 3. Exit
parking lot through entrance or exit and make left on Hepburn Rd
just after bridge over Route 3 is a sign that the canal passed here.
Turn around and make left onto Allwood Rd. After power lines there
is a Jubilee Park where there are signs that the canal passed here.
Follow path(s) through park to where power lines are overhead there
are signs on west side of park that canal turned here. (Make sure you
see statue on north side of park). Go south on Clifton Av. take side
road when available and make right on Allwood Rd. Cross Garden State
Pkwy and make right on Broad St.
There is a quaint Morris Canal restoration with lots of ducks.
Continuing on to Van Hooton Ave. there is another sign that the
canal went this way. Continue under 46 to join up with Grove St
where there is another sign. Continue straight to Belgrade Ave.
where there is another sign that the former canal is now under 19.
Continue under 19 now called Marshall St. At and before
intersection of Valley Road are two dead end streets called Canal St.
There is a sign here as well as a sign for the "footbridge" steps to
the Canal St. from Marshall St. Soon come to I-80 go under and make
left at Slater St. and then right on Mill St., then left on
Grand St. going under 19 again. The former canal is under I-80
and its making its swing around Garret Mountain.
Continuing on Grand St. to New St. (Here there is an interesting
detour on right (a short bike path) to Upper Raceway Park and Great
Falls.) On south side of Grand St. by New St. there is a sign for
the canal. Go up New St. just before bridge across I-80 there
is a dirt path along former canal. Continue on Barnes St. after
leaving path. of the canal. At corner of Barnes and Carlisle
there is a sign that the canal was above embankment. Turn right on
Carlisle Ave. and make left onto Ramsey St. (one way, wrong way).
At corner of Ramsey St. and Danforth Ave. (by church) there is
another sign that the canal was in-line with the shrubbery.
Make a right on Danforth Ave. and left onto Nagle St.
Make a left onto Glover Ave. At end of dead street there is a sign
that the canal passed through here. Going down Greenway Ln.
(another dead-end street) it looks like the canal crossed midway
down the street.
From Greenway Ln. make a left onto Squirelwood Ave. and veer right
across parking lot to W. 32 St. and make right onto Marcellus Ave.
Coming out on W. 35 St, make left onto Providence Ave. At corner
W.36 St, is sign that the canal passed through here on left also
there is a footbridge across I-80. Make right on 36 St. and left
on Newby Ave. Then follow McBride Ave. under 80 making left onto
Brophy Ln. In library parking lot there is a sign that the
canal was above the embankment.
From library make right onto Brophy Ln. Near top of hill is
are two signs that the canal passed through here. Take the
remains of a tow path. This drops you off at a First Aid Squad
and Rose Pl. Continuing on Mt Pleasant Ave. for one block to
Neeser Ln. where a groomed tow path starts. At bridge there
is an American Legion, a sign says that sand was loaded at this
site. Continuing on the tow path, this lets out on a playground
where there are more Canal signs. Getting back on Mt. Pleasant Ave.
take left onto Browertown Road. At Mill Pond Rd. there is a sign
that there was Peter Bold's Mill and a boat basin at this site.
Continuing a short way up Mill Pond Rd. there is a small waterfall
and pond (with a short path). Continue on Browertown Rd. and go
under Route 46.
Continue on Browertown Rd. make a left on Stewart Av. There is a
dirt path to the left that runs for a block and ends up at stream.
Going right is a paved bicycle path which leads to Lower Notch Rd.
Cross Long Hill Rd. and there is a big sign for the Morris Canal.
Follow path crossing end of De Young Dr. and then crossing a gas
line path. Path ends at Cedar Grove Rd. with another big sign
for canal. Go left, then right on Francisco Ave. and then a
quick right onto Wilmore Rd. Take to Peckman Preserve on right
where bicycle path starts up again. This ends at Main St with
2 stones from a river crossing and a time capsule from 1968.
Make a right on Main St. and left on Van Ness Av. Make left
after American Legion parking lot on dirt path (aqueduct).
Leads to corner of Maple St. and Patterson Ave. where there is
another sign that the canal crossed here. Crossing Patterson Ave.
and enter Morris Canal La. (parking lot). At end of trail you can
see waterfall. The canal crossed where the current water pipes are.
Go back and exit trail by going up the steps and make right on
Main St. At Union Av make right across Passaic River. Just after
crossing second bridge make a left down a dirt path (right by
Morris Canal sign). Follow this unpaved section of Morris
Canal path. Cross Fern River Ave. and Willis Ave. to 46. Here
must turn around and exit path by making left on Willis Ave. and
a left on Riverview Dr. Cross 46 and go under I-80. Make a left
on West End Rd. Going to end of street, the aqueduct or former
canal is fenced in so have to back up to make a left on Maltese Dr.
Make a right on Taft Rd. and a left on Jackson Rd (changes name
when crosses stream to Hanes Dr). Make a left on Edison Dr., canal
crossing is after train track and just before light. Making a left
onto trail it dead ends at stream. Coming back cross Edison Dr.
and enter North Cove Park. Cross Taylor Dr and Pal Dr to renter
dirt path. Coming out on emergency road and Booton Turnpike.
Staying on path go straight under Route 23. Just before 2
railroad tracks there is a path to right, this is the start
of the feeder canal.
From fork, take path along feeder canal. Go over train track.
At Meadow Rd. take path around fence. At Ryerson Ave. there is a
sign that the feeder canal crossed here and there was a Dupont
Factory here during WWI. Cross Stylon Rd. and then Haul Rd.
and continue on path just before second gate (after Haul Rd.)
there is a path to right to Morris Ave. which turns into Linwood
Av. Making a left on Newark Pompton Turnpike. Before bridge
there will be signs that the Morris Canal crossed here. Turn around
and make a left onto Black Oak Ridge Rd. (Here you can take Sandra Ln.
to left but it will drop out back on Oak Ridge Rd). Take to
Rt. 23. Follow 23 (opposing traffic past Dunkin' Donuts.) to just
before bridge there is a dirt path leading down. To the left is
private but to the right is the old canal path through Riverside Park.
Follow this to Jackson Ave. on north side there is a sign saying it
was part of the Feeder Canal (water from Greenwood Lake) where there
was a dam, a lock and a lock tender's house just north of sign.
Not sure if any more of the feeder canal is accessible or possible to
From fork go across two train tracks, coming out on from a Sushi
restaurant parking lot make right on Booton Turnpike (back a block or
so is a sign that the feeder canal started here and ran 6 miles) and
then cross Pompton River into Morris County. Here there is Lincoln
(Aqueduct) Park that Morris canal crossed here north of here. Continuing
on at Branch Pl (may also be known as Spring Grove Ln) there is a
a sign for Lock 14E on south of road. From here canal is on left side
of road. Crossing Main St and continuing on Beaver Brook Rd (here
there is a sign that the canal passed here and again at Windsor Dr.).
At the Community Blood services the canal runs between parking lot
and housing complex. Turn around and take Windsor Dr. at bend in
road there is a dirt path leading to Utne Ct. then make right on
Main St. At Plane Ct. there is a sign that Plane 10E was here. Soon
after this you can see the canal crosses road at Bonnie Ln. At Barney
Ln there is a plaque about the Morris canal on south side. Go straight
onto Whitehall Rd. Go straight again onto Canal Rd. There is a gate
where this becomes Turner Ln.
Go under gate, eventually this leads to Macculoch Dr. Midway there
is a plaque for a Morris Canal restoration. Make right at Changebridge
Rd. (name derived from where mules changed from one side of canal to
the other). Here there is a sign that Morris Canal passed through.
make left on Main Rd. On south side by 287 entrance there is a sign
that the canal crossed here. Go under 287, by Valhalla Rd there is
a sign that the canal crossed here (so canal is now on south side of
Main Rd.). The canal again crosses Main Rd. Here there are two signs
for the Plane 9E (Plane 8E to west). Main Rd turns right and
and by top of plane the canal again crosses Main Rd. (so now on south
side of Main Rd. again). The canal than follows Emery Ln. on right
side and then to be lost in I 287. Getting back on Main Rd., make
left on Vreeland Ave. and go under 287.
Make left at South Terrace and right on Beam Dr. and left on
Marc Blvd. Will quickly see an empty lot on right. From lot make
right onto Jinella Ct and right at Vreeland Ave. and left on Lathrop
Ave. Before 202 and Washington St., there is a sign for Lock 13E
with boat basin and Clark's Coal Yard. Make right on Washington St.
crossing 287 again. Go straight on Main St crossing another bridge
for train. Make left on Plane St. This is Plane 7E. Go through
parking lot and park. This comes out at intersection of Main St.
and N Main St and W Main St. (Also from the bottom of Plane St.,
take Cronk Pl for an entrance to Grace Lord Park with some
structures (wine cellars?, no idea) under plane and also there is
a foot bridge over river).
Cross W Main St. and there is a sign for Lock 12E. Go down steps
and follow river next to Booton Senior Center is a preserved tow
path section, midway through there is a small monument on the
street side. Follow N Main St. After a few houses the path
starts up again at Griffith Park. Go down steep hill to get to
far side of canal for tow path. This comes out next to a
fireplace and driveway follow out. Across street there is a
sign that the Lock 11E part of the tow path. An unmarked street
leads to spot where you can see the stones that were part of
Lock 11E. Past here you can see an abutment which was part of the
mule bridge across river. Make right on Powerville Rd and just
before Old Denville Rd there is a sign about abutment and Locks
9E and 10E. Make left onto Old Denville Rd. First unmarked
street for summer camp, part of canal was at end of this street.
At second unmarked street (sign there for Hamilton Farms) make
right. There are wooden trains and garden store past this, just
before stop sign make left, and now on tow path to Tourne Park.
One can keep going until it dead ends coming make a right onto
planks to cross canal. Go straight and exit park via Tourne
Park Fishing Trail.
Right turn onto what is now called Old Booton Rd. or Norris Rd.
Make right onto Bush Rd. At Towpath Rd. there is a sign about
Morris Canal. The Towpath Rd dead ends. Back on Bush Rd, which
becomes River Rd. Make at left onto Diamond Spring Rd. At
Mary Ave. there is a sign about canal. About Peer's store,
aqueduct across river, and Lock 8E. Mary Ave. dead ends.
Continue on Diamond Spring Rd., make right on Morris Ave. If
you go a short ways up Cedar Lake Rd. there is a sign that
the canal passed here. Later canal crosses Morris Ave. there
is a dirt road leading to church, exit on far side of church
back onto Morris Ave. Make a left onto Savage Rd. where there
is a sign, right onto Katherine St where the canal goes under
Go behind apartments, there is a path at the end of parking lot
going under I-80. Keep going straight on this at the end there
is some construction beyond that... going through some weeds,
you can still see the stones set for the aquaeduct across the
stream. Exit by crossing bridge just south and exit on
Gill Ave. and make right on Beach St. (Or you can turn around
here and exit back near apartments, make right onto Savage Rd.
Take first pedestrian overpass and make right onto W. Main St.
Go under I-80. Make right on Crestview Rd. and left on
W. Riverside Dr. if you go straight there is a rickety bridge
but looks like private after that so exited and got on
Birchwood Dr. Make right onto W. Main St. You can take
Broad St. and exit through an auto body place or go straight.
From E. Main St. go right onto Beach St. To Drake Ave. on left
and Gill Ave. on right).
Past Gill Ave. there is a substation on right where the canal
passed through. Turn around make right on Drake and right on
Ogden Ave. Make right on Jackson Ave. At Salon Secrets there
is a sign about canal passing here. Turn around make right on
Maple Ave. and right on Halsey Ave. At church there is a sign
that the Plane 6E was here. Go up ramp and continue on path to
Dock St. Cross Wall St. here and go straight through next
parking lot through River Park. From bottom of hill you can see
the aquaeduct across a stream. At Chestnut Terrace there is a
sign that the canal passed here. Continue straight and make
left onto Lakeside Dr. and a sharp left onto Mt Pleasant Ave.
and a sharp right onto W. Main St. Make left on Nichols Dr.
(there is a canal sign just past here).
Right on Manino Dr and make right cutting through plaza for
World Gymn. Follow 46, there is a canal sign at Big Tub
Car Wash. Make left back on W. Main St. and right on
E. Blackwell St. Right on Carrol St, following it to left.
This becomes Richards Ave. Make right on Trenton St. and
left on Belmont Ave. Before E.McFarlan St. make left
and go through parking lot and out Mase Ave. Go through
next 2 parking lots and make right on Passaic St. Make
left on E. McFarlan St. and at Hoagland Ave. there is
a sign that JFK Playground Park was a canal basin. Go
through park here and at E. Clinton there is another
sign about canal. Make right and then left on Morris St.
and at Richards Ave. make right through parking lot and
south of Laughing Lion Restarant. Here there is a sign
that Lock 6E and Lock 7E were here. There was a CNJ train
collision with a canal boat in 1905 at Lock 6E. Make left
on N. Sussex St and right on Basset Hwy. passing Tow Path
Square. Make left on Dewey St and left on W. Blackwell
(side street) to Towpath Square and make right and right
again onto bridge of main W. Blackwell St. just before
Princeton Ave. veers right there is a sign that canal
Continue on Princeton Ave. At Rutgers St there is a sign
that Lock 3 and 4 were near here. Take Rutgers St. and
make right on Towpath. After a building the towpath forks.
It could be that the left fork was Plane 5E? Private
property though at top of hill. Turn around. Continue
back on Princeton Ave. make right on Eileen Ct. and go
through gate and through field keeping to right side.
Go behind school and right on Lafayette St. (which becomes
Fern Ave.). Make right on Washington St. (straight is
the Wharton Rail Trail (which goes under I-80 and 15 ending
at a parking lot off Richard Mine Rd.). Make sharp left
onto N. Main St. Canal goes between W. Pine St. and
W. Central Ave. There is a sign around Fern Ave. that
the canal passed here and Plane 5E was just east of here.
Make right on W. Central Ave. Midway on Burns St.
one can clearly see the canal passed here. Continuing
on W. Central Ave. just before W. Pine St. there is
another sign for canal. Here also is the entrance to
Hugh Force Park. Go through parking lot to start of
present canal. Follow tow path to lock tenders
house ruins. To the left is a hill for rail road. Continue
straight at railroad path make left. When railroad path
forks go left and then left at junction and pass rocks to
come back through railroad path. When railroad path ends
take path back to parking lot. (Alternate is at railroad
path make a right and take path off old railroad to right.
Follow this towards telephone poles where you will be at
an old road (Mill Rd) where you make left a left and
follow to Dewey Av. where you make a left.)
Continue on W. Central Ave. and make left onto W. Dewey
Av. Continue straight at Berkshire Valley Rd. Make left
on N. Dell Av. where there is a sign that the canal passed
here. Make a right onto dirt road to get back on Berkshire
Valley Rd. After trestle there is a sign that the
canal parallels road on left. At Hercules Rd. there is a
sign that the canal passed here. Continue on to Route 46
and make a right passing a strange abandoned building
there is a sign that the canal passed. Make a left onto
N. Hillside Av. Before railroad tracks there is a gate
and path. Follow path to cement barrier. Passed barrier
is a path that goes around pond so go either way. At
Commerce Blvd make right, there is a sign that the canal
passed here. At Route 46 make left and at Route 10 make
left. Cross where there is no divider and go straight
on Main St. and make left on Canal St. (there is a
sign that the canal passed here) (just to right is
King's Store). Before bridge there is a sign that
there was a boat basin here. Make right on Emmans Rd.
and left into Morris Canal Park (looks like plane 3E was
here). Just past millpond dam is a path to incline
(plane 2E). See turbine chamber midway up. Beyond
this a path along canal. By this time you may have
noticed the little octagon Morris Canal Greenway trail
markers. There is a slight path just before this down to
Route 46 going diagonally across power lines. The path
dead ends at the I-80 exit ramp onto 46E.
New... I went back in 2014 and saw a new hiking map,
with trails off of incline. The trail off of bottom
incline leads to an old mine.
Leaving Morris Canal Park make left on Emmans Rd. and
left on Main St (or go down hill from canal by power
lines). Cross to Route 46 West and veer right
onto Ledgewood Rd. Cross I-80. Veer right onto
Shippenport Rd and go under trestle. After Orben Dr.
there is a sign that Plane 1E was here. Make left onto
Mt. Arlington Blvd. And keep left through light right
before bridge over RR there is a sign that the canal
passed here (Canal St.). Make left onto Lakeside Blvd.
Pass Center St. on left. Continue past entrance to
park soon there is a sign that the feeder canal passed
here (at Sussex County border). Turn around and enter
parking lot of Hopatcong State Park (Memorial Day to
Labor Day there is a fee to enter park).
North side of parking lot has a lock tender's house.
(This is the highest height of canal system.)
Go down boat ramp and make left to see a Scotch
Reaction Turbine from a plane elsewhere from Morris Canal
(you can walk inside!) Continue past old fountain
and under bridge (for Lakeside Blvd) and pass ascending
stairs where canal is clearly visible it parallels Lakeside
Blvd but dead ends (though it seems to can make your way
through some weeds to the road if you wish). Return and go
back to Center St. and make a right. (There is a sign that
a feeder canal passed here, water from Lake Hopatcong).
Make left onto Davis St. Make right onto Canal St. (left
dead ends). Make right on Palmer St. and left onto Center St.
Before Main St. there is a sign that Plane 1W was here.
Canal then uses Lake Musconetcong.
Continue on Center St. (which becomes Allen St.). Make
right onto Koclas Dr. (which becomes Dell Ave.). and
slight right on Allen St. and right on Ledgwood Ave.
There is a sign and plaques by the dam regulation
building. Canal stones are plainly visible. Cross
Ledgewood Ave. and enter park. At post office there
seems to be a canal boat basin which follows river for
a short way. Back by post office cross Kelly Pl. and
go down Plane St. Midway down there is a sign saying
Plane 2W was here. Going straight and crossing bridge
there is a nice canal restoration. At end of
restoration make left and one can see old ruins (for
Lock 2W?) just visible through vines. Follow path to
Continental Dr. and make right (or take path to right
just before Continental Dr. which leads over RR trestle).
After old RR trestle a bike trail will then start.
Crossing International Dr. There is a very short
bike trail along International Dr. at the end it
looks like canal ran through here. Make a right
into the woods, just before trail goes to right (and then
ends) make a left. There is a long forgotten trail here
preserved by a weed barrier sheeting. Follow sheeting
and canal will be on left. At road crossing there is a
crosswalk! Follow so that canal is now on right side.
Trail leads to a bridge, but be cautious there is a large
sink hole just before bridge. After bridge, trail forks,
going straight the canal is on right which leads to a
fence where the canal would then cross
I-80. To the right are several branches to the Morris
Crossroads complex, the last by a property divider wall.
Return and follow bike trail along Continental
Dr. and old railway line.
New... I just saw this on hiking map in 2014. And a must
Just after reaching end of bike trail and before bridge
over the Musconetcong make a left onto a wooded path.
At the split you will see its a marked trail. Taking the
left fork, one goes up to the start of the canal after
crossing I-80. Make a right onto towpath and follow
to incline. One can still see old cables here. At
bottom the trail splits 3 ways, to the left a path leads
past an abandoned building under I-80 to an almost
abandoned road (Waterloo Valley Road). Straight ahead
leads you to Waterloo Village "across" an derelict
bridge (closed). To right leads to what may be an
old raceway to power incline which leads you back to
fork and out. Make a left and continue on Continental
Make left at Waterloo Rd. (by the way this is the start
of a rail trail if one goes straight and parking).
Make left onto Waterloo Village Rd. Just past Waterloo
Village the Highland Trail crosses here. Follow Highland
Trail to the left. At Mustconetcong River, the Highland
Trail joins the Morris Canal Greenway. Make a left to
follow Greenway. This leads to the historic Waterloo
Village and Lock 3W. (There was an old bridge across lake
to Plane 4W (before crossing I-80) but only a handrail
spans the water in one spot now.) Returning to Highland
Trail now go straight and under I-80 (last crossing).
The canal restarts on right side. You will soon be at a
sign for bustling Starport. Follow Highland Trail and
Morris Canal Greenway crossing and recrossing Waterloo Rd.
Along the path is a Morris Canal waste weir, a lock
tenders house from Lock 4W and a nice restoration at
Saxton Falls for Lock 5W. Leave Highland Trail past rest
room to follow Greenway. If you are adventurous you will
come upon 3 bridges before turning around.
New... I just saw this on hiking map in 2014.
Continue on Highland Trail leaving it just before RR
crossing. There is a road to right with Keep Out
signs on each side, just left of this is the path
for the Canal. Take this path, every so often there
is a Morris Canal marker. At top of hill where you
see electric poles is the prism of the canal.
Continue as there is no real path along hill. At
clearing make a left. There will be 2 paths off
to right stay straight and then veer left crossing
over former canal onto historical canal tow path.
Continue, there will be an spillway and then a bridge
of logs. After this the way is easier, eventually
meeting Bilby Rd where you make a right and parking
is available. Continue on Bilby Road and make a
left onto County Rd. 517.
Continue to you see Tow Path Dr. on left there is a
sign that the canal passed here. Make right through
Cochran Funeral Home and straight onto Countryside Dr.,
and then straight on E Hamilton Dr. make left onto
5th St. and right onto E. Baldwin St. At Main St
(Route 46) make right. Continue to you see Canal
Ln. on right. Make left onto Roosevelt Ave. There
is a sign that the canal crossed here. Make left
onto S. Harvey St. Here there is a mile long canal
path on right. Also there are ruins of a canal
store owned by Silas S. Harvey, now part of Florence
Kuipers Memorial Park.
Continue on canal path over bridge, then it intersects
the end of Roosevelt Ave. Continue on to Buck Hill Rd.
Where canal path comes to an end. Make left and go
under railroad bridge to Grand Ave. make right passing
College View Drive on left. Past railroad tunnel the
road changes name to Rockport Rd. Just across street
from Rockport Game farm there is a dirt road where a
sign about the 1830 Rockport Boat Basin and at Hazen
Rd there was a Canal Store owned by John B. Sliker.
A path continues along the canal and comes to a dead
end to the right, to the left is a path to an overlook.
Continuing on Rockport Rd. at Hazen Rd the
canal crosses and is now on left side. A little ways
down Thomas Rd. (before RR) there is a sign about canal.
And also at Washburn Rd. there is a sign about canal and
its "Visible Prism". There is a sign that the "Historic
Morris Canal" parallels Rockport Rd on left just before
Cherry Tree Bend Rd. Make left onto this road. It looks
like it crosses Bright Rd. a little ways down. Continue
on Cherry Tree Bend Rd., soon after bridge there is
an access path to Morris Canal Path. Here at Port
Murray there was a boat yard and canal basin. Continue
on Towpath Rd. to Main St. Here there was a canal store
and a lime kiln. The path continues across Main St. but
Make left on Main St. A short ways on Hoffman Rd by
"Stop Ahead" you can see canal passed here. Continue
on Main St. at RR crossing there are signs that
Plane 5W was here. (It looks like there is a Morris
Canal Acquisition down Brickyard Rd. but unfortunately
there is a sign at RR crossing bridge for no trespassing.)
Continue on Main St. now called Port Murray Rd. Make
right on Route 57 (formerly Route 24) to Port Colden Rd. here
can see Lock St. (Lock 6W) and a dead end street called
Morris Canal Trail (Plane 6W) (take for to left). Take
Port Colden Rd. just past bridge there is a sign about canal.
Back on Route 57, make right on Flower Ave., then right
on President Dr. after crossing canal make left on
Harding Dr. Make right on Flower Ave. (canal crosses
Flower Ave. just before Harding Dr.) and left on Sunrise
Terrace, and left on S. Pickel Ave. make left on Myrtle Ave.
and take to end where canal is on right. Turn around and
cross Route 31. At Cattele Ct. there is a sign about canal.
Make left on Route 31 just past trestle there is a sidewalk
path along tracks. Follow tracks taking E. Stewart St. and
right on E. Johnson St (unmarked), and right on Taylor St.
and left on E. Warren St, and right on Cleveland St, and left
on E Carlton St. and right on Belvidere Ave. Continue past New
St. (maybe able to cut through from Belvidere Ave but there is
no path). There is a sign about the Port Washington Morris
Canal - DC & WRR Coal Interchange to the east and Canal
Shipment Basin Canal Buildings and Morris Canal Banking Co
Boat Works to the west. Turn around and make a right on
New St. and right on N. Lincoln Ave. where it joins
Rush St. (which becomes Wycoff St.) Make left back
on Belvidere Ave. and left on Kinnaman Ave. Make right on
Plane Hill Road. At Partridge Run there is a sign that
Plane 7W was here.
Continue down Plane Hill Rd. canal makes a left to go
between Old Bowerstown Rd and Bowerstown Rd. Continue
on Bowerstown Road (ignore Old Canal Road and Towpath Trail).
At Brass Castle Rd there is a sign to left that the canal
passed here. Make left on Brass Castle Rd. and right on
Castle St. and a right on Midland Ave. Lake path to left
and as path disappears you will see a bike path straight
ahead (around basketball court) make a right here and follow,
keeping to right. At Meadow Breeze Ln make right. There
will be a sign that the canal passed here. Take canal path
to parking lot and make right on Kayharts Ln. and left
back on Little Philadelphia Rd. Make a right back on
Route 57. Make right on Halfway House Rd. after second
bridge there is a sign about canal (there is
to west to Warren County Open Space with canal bordering
but not sure how to get to it). Back on Route 57 make right
on Franklin St. and left on Mueller Ln. Make a
right on Millbrook Rd. just before Van Syckle Rd. one should
be able to see where canal was. Take Millbrook Rd. back
to Route 57 and make right. Make a right on Whites Rd.
and there is a sign that canal passed here before end.
Continuing on Route 57. Canal crosses Route 57 there is a
sign and a canal park on left. Follow tow path, in middle of
towpath there is a canal museum (open 2nd Sunday) and a fitness
path (a.k.a. Sycamore Trail) starts here also. Towpath
continues to Bread Lock (a.k.a. Lock 7W). Where there
is a tenders house foundation and a full scale canal
boat recreation. Continuing to the left the path joins the
fitness trail. Turn around and exit by gravel path and make
left on Route 57. (The Cement Mile soon starts, which is the
first cement road in New Jersey). After this make left a short
way down Richline Hill Rd and can see sign for canal. Back on
Route 5 Make a left on Prospect St. (there is a Plane St near
here (Plane 8w?)) and left on Warren St. Make left on N. Main St.
and by Resque Squad building there is a sign about canal. Turn around
and follow canal by making left on Thomas Stewart Way and
then right on Canal Crossing (which does not cross). Exit by
making right on Willever Way and left on N. Main St.
Make left on 57 and make left on County Rd. 519 (Uniontown Rd.)
Go through tunnel. Plane 9W is on left (to see grounds and museum
hours are 1-4 2nd Sunday April-October (free pamphlet available)).
Just before mile marker 29 there is a slight path to aquaeduct and
canal path (it becomes a bike path
before Stryker Rd. and then continues and dead ends just before
Route 22 Return and make right on Stryker Rd. and right on 519.
Make right on to Route 22. At break in divider (past diner) make
a u-turn and take unnamed street to right (Lock St.). Just before
bridge is Plane 10W and after bridge Locks 8W and 9W.
With numerous historical sites in area (can pick up pamphlet at
park by bridge).
Make right on S. Main St. To the right is a short
path that leads to a channel for overflow which is now impassable.
Just before the huge train bridge was Lock 10W. Continue under
bridge. Before Sawmill St. there is a path that cuts to it from
S. Main St. to left. Make left on Sawmill St. Here at Morris Canal
Way is last sign that canal passed here. Make right on Morris
Canal Way and take left through school yard and exit from parking
lot and left on S. Main St. Make left on Mercer St and left
on McKeen St. Make right on Howard St. and left under trestle to
Delaware River Park and make a right onto bike path. It seems
Plane 11W was at end with a toll keepers house. Continue around
and exit through lot to left onto Market St and right onto Hanover St
and then left onto S. Main St. Continue over bridge and then make
left over free bridge to PA. Continue to left along park, looking
across you can see a bridge where I think was the where Plane 11W
meets the Delaware River. (Check out the Eaton National Canal Museum
while your in PA.)
Started following this "trail" on my unicycle from May 2011
and completed September 2012.