Traction Line Recreation Trail


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Park Overview:

A 2-mile linear park next to NJ Transit railroad tracks with a par course for exercise and ready access to George Washington’s Headquarters.  

Trail Uses:Hiking, Mountain biking, X-C skiing, Handicapped
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:2 miles
Park Acreage:
Madison, Morristown, Morris
Web Map:Morris County Park Commission map set
Park Description:

The park consists of a recreation trail that runs parallel to the New Jersey Transit Line railroad tracks with 10 fitness stations along the way.  Not a rail to trail conversion, but a rail and trail combination.  It’s a right-of-way developed creatively.


Trails Overview:

Aside from local residents using the trail for the sheer joy and utility of exercising, it’s possible to hike/walk along a paved pathway from NJ Transit’s Convent Station to Washington’s Headquarters in Morristown, and then continue on a spur of the Patriots’ Path (blue blaze) to Frelinghuysen Arboretum.   The main Patriots’ Path (white blaze) leads from the Arboretum to extend further an out-and-back hike.

Use Web Map link to locate a trail/street map




  • General location: Southbound, take I-287 to Exit 36; Northbound, I-287 to Exit 36A.
  • Specific directions:  Click on Contact Information, follow link to the “Locator Map” and choose desired park/trail. 

Public Transportation

  • Take NJ Transit, Morris & Essex rail Line from New York Penn Station to Convent Station (this station is not handicapped accessible).


Contact Information:Morris County Park Commission
Region:Morris County