Hugh Force Canal Park

Hugh Force Park [Morris Canal]

Reconstructed Morris Canal Lock 2 East - Photo by Daniel Chazin Reconstructed Morris Canal Lock 2 East - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike parallels a restored section of the historic Morris Canal and returns on the embankment of an abandoned railroad.

40.901853, -74.588263

This hike follows a section of the Morris Canal, which connected the Hudson and Delaware Rivers via a route that traversed Morris County. When it was opened in 1831, the canal was considered an engineering marvel. It used 23 locks and 23 inclined planes to ascend from sea level to the 914-foot-high Lake Hopatcong and then descend to the Delaware River. Railroads made the canal obsolete, and...

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