Loantaka Brook Reservation



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Park Overview:

This long, narrow park has about eight miles of trails, including both paved paths and an unpaved bridle path, which can be combined to form loop hikes.

Trail Uses:Hiking, Mountain biking, Bridle path, X-C skiing, Handicapped
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:8 miles
Park Acreage:570 acres
Web Map:Morris County Park Commission map set
Park Description:

Loantaka is said to be a combination of two Native American words for "the place of cold water." It refers to the Loantaka Brook which flows into the Great Swamp.  The 744-acre Loantaka Brook Reservation is situated between Morristown and Madison, one of the more densely urbanized areas in the country. 

The park is a long, narrow corridor along the Loantaka Brook.  Although located near urban areas, the park is surprisingly rural, with little civilization in evidence. The brook is paralleled by a paved bicycle path and an unpaved bridle path, both of which can be combined to form a pleasant seven-mile-long hike.  Although the park is frequented by joggers and bicyclists, it is also extensively used by walkers, and the wide bicycle path can accommodate all types of users.  Kitchell Pond is near the northern end, and an historic horse barn, built in 1834 and still used for horses, is situated towards the southern end of the park. Parking areas are located at the north end of the park, as well as along Kitchell Road and Loantaka Way, which cross the park. Thus, loop hikes of varying lengths are possible.

Trails Overview:

The reservation has about five miles of marked paved trails -- which have mileage markets -- as well as a three-mile unpaved bridle path.  These trails can be combined to form a seven-mile loop.

Use Web Map link to locate a trail map.  Click for a detailed description of a hike in the Reservation. 


The reservation is located near Exit 35 of I-287.  For map and written directions use the Contact Information below and follow links to the park.

Contact Information:Morris County Park Commission
Region:Morris County