Explore Northeastern Morris County
Diverse terrain with beautiful lakes and mountains, suburban neighborhoods and office parks best characterize this portion of Morris County that serves as a major employment center and bedroom communities for northern New Jersey.
The northeastern portion of Morris County includes the communities of Riverdale, Butler, Kinnelon, Boonton, Boonton Township, Pequannock, Lincoln Park, Montville, Mountain Lakes, Parsippany and Denville.
Parsippany is the county’s largest community in terms of population and also has the highest concentration of office space in the region. Its name comes from the Lenape Native American sub-tribe, which comes from the word parsipanong, which means “the place where the river winds through the valley.”
Denville’s motto is “the hub of Morris County,” a nod to its central location in Morris County, and boasts a walkable downtown with eclectic retail shops and restaurants. Saint Clare’s Hospital in Denville and Chilton Medical Center in Pequannock provide high-quality medical care to residents in this area of the county.
There are ample opportunities for outdoor recreation including boating and swimming in the many area lakes, hiking in parks such as the Tourne County Park and Pyramid Mountain and trails such as the Patriots Path, and cycling on the backroads.
The area is characterized as suburban with more traditional bedroom communities developing during the area’s industrial past, is also located in close proximity to newer developments of luxury homes on larger lots and more recently, higher density multifamily housing. Age-restricted and continuing care communities are also prevalent.
An abundance of retail and restaurant options contribute to the vibrancy of the downtown areas and main roadways. Well-traveled highways traverse this portion of the county with Interstate 287 heading south and intersecting with Route 80 to points west and east and northbound to New York State. Access to New York City is commutable via train on the Montclair-Boonton line and Morristown line and via bus. The Lincoln Park Airport is a privately owned, public use reliever airport.
While Industrial parks, office park campuses and retail strip malls are located primarily in Parsippany on Route 46, single- occupant-use buildings dot the highways and are nestled in communities off the beaten path, contributing to a robust and diverse economy with both new business “starts” and private companies that may be run by the third or fourth generation.
Higher-income professionals employed by area corporations have flocked to the area, which boasts good schools and access to arts and culture. In some communities, the availability of more reasonably priced housing has attracted an eclectic demographic of young professionals, administrative support professionals and blue-collar workers. Immigrants have also contributed to the diversity of the area, reflected in the abundance of multicultural cuisine ranging from Korean to Persian.
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