Morris Canal Greenway Study

The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), in partnership with the Canal Society of New Jersey and the Morris Canal Working Group, completed a study in 2018, which identifies the route for a continuous 111-mile greenway, as closely aligned with the historic Morris Canal as possible.


The Morris Canal Greenway Corridor Study identifies 38 miles of existing trails and recommends 76 projects that would connect municipalities in six counties, stretching from Phillipsburg to Jersey City once completed. The greenway would follow the route of the 102-mile historic canal as closely as possible, though some deviations are necessary to get around developments and major roadways. While several counties have conducted Morris Canal studies in the past, this is the first to provide a comprehensive canal-wide plan for moving the greenway forward.


The study identifies short- and medium-term projects that could be completed within 10 years, ranging from signage installation and surface enhancements to construction of pathways. There are also long-term projects, which require property acquisition or significant construction, like installation of a bridge. Some of the projects identified in the plan already have funding secured, but others would be completed as resources are acquired.

Report available for download:

Morris Canal Greenway Study Final Report

Morris Canal Greenway Study Appendices

Appendix A Design Guidelines

Appendix B Outreach

Appendix C Projects

Appendix D Glossary

Appendix E Funding Sources

Appendix F List of Municipalities

Appendix G GIS DataSources