The Morris County Park Commission manages the oldest and largest park system in a bucolic areas of the State. The parks offer hiking, golf, swimming and ice skating parks throughout the county. The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, was voted the “2011 Best Garden” by NJ Monthly. Mennen Arena is host to special events and public ice skating. Each park has trail guides for hikers, and many parks contain historic sites of state and national significance. The Park Commission is the conservator of National Landmark Historic Speedwell, “Birthplace of the Telegraph”, Cooper Gristmill and Fosterfields Living Historical Farm.
Hacklebarney State Park
Enjoy 978 acres of glacial valley with gorges carved by the Black River, over 5 miles of hiking trails plus fishing, hunting, picnic and playgrounds.
Hopatcong State Park
Hopatcong (the park falls within Sussex and Morris Counties)
Nine miles in length and covered by 2,500 acres of freshwater, Lake Hopatcong is the focal point of the park. Hopatcong State Park is at the southwest end of the lake and is a popular spot for fishing, boating, and swimming.
Lake Hopatcong was originally created as part of the Morris Canal, a 100-mile waterway that ran from Newark to Phillipsburg and was the chief means of transporting coal, iron and zinc across New Jersey in the 1860s. The lake was the Canal’s major source of water. In 1866, over 880,000 tons of freight was transported on the canal.