This site contains information about efforts to preserve the former Morris Canal right of way for conversion into a public greenway. It is operated by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) in partnership with the Morris Canal Working Group. The NJTPA formed the group in 2012 to bring stakeholders together in an open forum to coordinate current and future plans for this important transportation resource. The NJTPA has provided grant funding for planning studies of the canal route.
Background: The Morris Canal was built from 1825 to 1831 to transport Pennsylvania coal to markets in New Jersey and New York. Known as the “Mountain Climbing Canal," it overcame an elevation change of 1,674 feet over the entire northern part of New Jersey through the use of inclined planes. This feature alone makes the Morris Canal a national engineering marvel. The canal stretches 102 miles across six counties: Warren, Sussex, Morris, Passaic, Essex and Hudson. It traverses many different types of communities and landscapes, from urban to suburban to rural. The canal is a significant historic feature and is listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places.