Morristown National Historical Park

Park Overview:

Site of the nation’s first national historical park.  Morristown's winter of 1779-80 was the harshest winter encampment endured by General George Washington and the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.  

Trail Uses:Hiking
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:27 miles
Park Acreage:
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

Jockey Hollow, Fort Nonsense, the New Jersey Brigade, and the Jacob Ford Mansion were of importance during the American Revolution.  Today they are part of the Morristown National Historical Park, created in 1933 as the nation's first national historical park. The 1,600-acre Jockey Hollow Encampment Area housed 10,000 soldiers of the Continental Army during the winter of 1779-80.

Trails Overview:

Most of the hiking trails, which follow gentle grades along woods roads, are situated in the Jockey Hollow section of the park.  There are five loop trails, of varying length [1.1 to 5.3 miles] and difficulty, marked with colored blazes.  The hiking-only Patriots' Path [white] connects the Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuaries and Lewis Morris County Park to the Jockey Hollow area.  One access point to the Patriots' Path is at Cross Estate Gardens.

For trail maps follow the "Directions" link on the park's web page [under Contact Information below].

  • The Jockey Hollow Section is free; Washington's Headquarters/Jacob Ford Mansion at Morristown charges an entrance fee



The Jockey Hollow area is situated near  Exit 30B of I-287; Washington's Headquarters is near Exit 36 of I-287.   For map and written directions use the Contact Information below on the park's web site and follow the "Directions" link

  • Public transportation: Take NJ Transit Morris and Essex rail line from Hoboken or Penn Station in NYC to Morristown.  A taxi can be taken to the Jockey Hollow area; Washington's Headquarters is about a half mile from the train station [see park's web page for walking directions]
  • It is also possible to disembark at Convent Station to walk roughly 2 miles along the Traction Line Recreation Trail to Washington's Headquarters.
Contact Information:Morristown National Historical Park
Region:Morris County
Fees:Some times and places; check with park