This area consists of 3,020 acres in the northern portion of the Township. It was purchased under the Green Acres Acquisition Program for passive recreational activities, including fishing, hunting, canoeing, cross-country skiing and hiking along the abandoned right of way of the former Chester Branch of the DL&W Railroad. Morris County’s Patriot’s Path hiking trail crosses through the Black River WMA. This area is heavily used during the hunting season and non-hunters should check with the park office on Route 513 before using this area in the fall and winter.
West Morris Greenway
Parking area at trailhead on Pleasant Hill Road in Chester; informational kiosk on site. This trailhead is the start of a straight, flat, 5-mile trail that parallels the Black River and connects Pleasant Hill Road with Randolph’s Horseshoe Lake Recreational Area. Trail is best for mountain bikes rather than road bikes due to many ruts, rocks, and roots along the trail. A scout project involved installation of mileposts every 0.25 miles, though some have fallen. Lots of activity during hunting season; be aware of hunting dates and wear orange for safety.
Length: 5.0 mi.
Usage: Hiking, Biking, Equestrian
Terrain: Stonedust, Flat
Patriot's Path: White Marker
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