LITTLE FALLS/WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Passaic County is nearing the end of its Morris Canal Greenway – Browertown Road Project. Nearly 60 percent of the Greenway route is accessible and walkable. With several canal parks and bike-ways in Little Falls, Woodland Park and Clifton, approximately four miles of trail is complete. Many more miles are in the planning stages as well.
Built in 1831 by the Morris Canal & Banking Company, the Morris Canal would carry coal mined in Pennsylvania to developing markets along the eastern seaboard. The canal provided a needed transportation system that would create new commercial activity and enable rustic settlements to grow into thriving industrial towns.
The canal extended 102 miles across New Jersey, from Phillipsburg on the Delaware River, up hill to its summit level at Lake Hopatcong, and then down to New York Harbor at Jersey City. In the early 1920s, after almost 100 years of service, the canal was closed and dismantled.
For years, communities have been working to preserve their historic Morris Canal sites. The goal of the Morris Canal Greenway is to bring these projects together into a county-wide history and recreation pathway.