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Welcome to the Morris Canal Working Group Website

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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 recently launched a study of the canal, which is expected to be completed in June 2018. Visit the Morris Canal Greenway Study page for additional information.

WATCH: The Morris Canal Greenway Video

Click the video to the left to learn about the Morris Canal Working Group and its efforts to preserve the historic right of way as a public walking and bicycle route.

: 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. 

Morris Canal Greenway Plans and Studies

Find out about current and  completed studies related to the development and preservation of the Morris Canal route. More

About the Morris Canal Working Group

The goal of the Morris Canal Working Group is to preserve, to the greatest extent possible, the former Morris Canal right of way for conversion into a public greenway. More

Upcoming Events

Learn about upcoming meetings, guided tours and cultural events related to the Morris Canal. More