Black River County Park
Follow I-287 S and I-80 W to US-206 S in Roxbury Township. Take exit 27A from I-80 W. Follow US-206 S to Pottersville Rd in Chester Township. Kay Environmental Center, 200 Pottersville Rd, Chester, NJ 07930. GPS Coordinates: 40.758565, -74.708385. Use Web Map link on this site to view multiple parking areas.
Four wonderful cultural sites, and four trails linking them near and along the Black River in the Chester area.
Four marked trails traverse the park linking the various cultural sites [from 1.0 to 4.5 miles]. The Bamboo Brook Trail [blue, 4.5 miles] connects the Cooper Mill/Elizabeth D. Kay Environmental Center section of the park to the distant Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center/Willowwood Arboretum section.
Use Web Map link on this site to locate Black River trail map. Click to view detailed description of a hike in the park.
Total trail miles: 9.7, plus many more unmarked trails.
- A spur of the Patriots' Path [white] runs through the park
- Advisory: The Conifer Pass Trail [red] requires a free permit available at the Kay Environmental Center.
- Pets are not welcomed at any of the cultural sites.
Black River County Park, part of the Morris County Park System, consists of 858 acres. It includes four important cultural sites - Cooper Mill, Elizabeth D. Kay Environmental Center, Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center, and Willowwood Arboretum - each of which is not only worth visiting in its own right, but also provides access to trails in the area. A fuller description of each of these areas can be found on the Morris County Park System web site [look for the name of the cultural site, not "Black River County Park"] -- use Contact Information Web Link on this site.