Morris Canal Greenway


The Borough of Pompton Lakes is undertaking the development of an off-road mutli-use path along the Ramapo River that will provide a new recreational facility for walkers and bicyclists. The path is approximately one-mile starting near the intersection of Mathes Avenue and Riverview Road and ends near the south end of Lincoln Avenue, near the Pompton Lakes Municipal Utilities Authority. the path is being funded through grants by the Passaic County Open Space Trust Fund, NJDEP Recreational Trails Grant, and a local match by the Borough.

The Project

The path runs along the former Pompton Feeder, which provided water for the historic Morris Canal, an important trade and transportation route that ran between Phillipsburg and Jersey City in the 1920s. The path connects a number of key features in Pompton Lakes including Lincoln School, a view of the Pompton Falls, Stiles Park and the red trail entrance to the South End Trails. In addition, many new amenities will be added including benches, exercise equipment, interpretive signage, and bke racks, plus safety features for a street crossing at Dawes Highway and riparian plantings along the banks of the Ramapo River for flood mitigation.

Current Status

The project is currently under review by the NJDEP for permitting. Once complete, the Borough will develop construction documents for public bid. Construction is expected to start in the fall of 2017, with full completion in spring of 2018.
  1. Concept Plans
  2. Morris Canal Greenway Video