Warren County Morris Canal Greenway Vision
In 1981 the Warren County Board of Chosen Freeholders made the Morris Canal a part of the County's open space plan and established the Morris Canal Committee as a special committee of the County Planning Board. The goals of the Committee are preserving and protecting the remains of the Morris Canal and increasing the awareness of its great historical significance. Since that time the Canal Committee has worked with the County Board of Recreation Commissioners, Land Preservation Office, and the Planning Board staff toward those goals.
In Warren County the canal travels through the scenic Musconetcong, Pohatcong and Lopatcong valleys for thirty-three miles from Phillipsburg, on the west, to the county line near waterloo on the east. This heritage corridor gives reminders of its glory days; inland ports of call with names like Port Colden, Port Murray, Port Warren, Port Washington, Rockport and descriptive identities, such as Fresh Bread Lock, Guinea Hollow and Greene's Bridge.
From 1990 to 1995, Warren County acquired nine acres of the historic Morris Canal in Franklin, Greenwich, and Independence Townships. Since 1995, the Warren County Board of Recreation Commissioners has acquired 555 acres of open land and an additional 29 acres of the Morris Canal using State Green Acres money.
The vision for the Morris Canal Greenway is to have it extend across Warren County with the canal as a link to recreational, cultural and historical areas including state park trails, and municipal and county public open space. The Greenway will extend between Phillipsburg and historic Waterloo Village.
In some places the towpath has become a recreational trail open to the public for non-motorized activities. In other places pocket parks are being established for the public's enjoyment. When completed, this Greenway will be a living reminder of the County's transportation heritage while promoting the economic benefits of cultural and heritage tourism.
Warren County offers a wide range of recreational opportunities and its rural nature and scenic beauty are worthy of long-term preservation.
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