Easy trails on wide footpaths, along gurgling streams and rolling hills in a very beautiful area that is part of Morristown National Historical Park.
Hike with history here, as the area served as quarters for the Continental Army on two occasions; the winter of 1777 and again during the winter of[masked].
Mileage: 7.4 miles round trip, easy, well-marked trail, gentle elevation changes and a few slightly steeper hills.
Shorter options: the RED trail is 1.13 mile, YELLOW is 2.25 miles, BLUE is 3 miles, and WHITE is 6.5 miles.Variations: Check the bottom of this page for route/distance options.Hike Info:
–Trail Map (http://www.nps.gov/morr/upload/Jockey-Hollow-Trail-Map-Oct-2014-website.pdf)
–Park Map (http://www.nps.gov/morr/planyourvisit/upload/MORRmap-2.pdf)
–Park info (http://www.nps.gov/morr/index.htm)
–Google Map (http://www.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=40.768257,-74.549618&spn=0.058309,0.107117&z=14&msid=100669985122335639090.000468f690f9646b62ca6)
–Download GPX (http://www.njhiking.com/nj-hiking-maps/jockey-hollow-grand-loop-GPX.zip)
Update 1/10/17 – minor updates, fall photos added, notes added for BLUE and driving directions. Update 5/8/14 – hike description, GPX, and photos updated.
Trail Map: Print ahead, or get a trail map and info on the history of the area from the visitor center. Also, at most trail junctions there are numbered signs with a trail map and “you are here” notations.
The trail network crosses the park from two central trail parking areas as well some near the Visitor Center, and it’s easy to make loops of various lengths. A portion of the Patriot’s Path runs through the center. The park is also popular with joggers and dog walkers.
Books: A 5.6 mile variation is in 50 Hikes in New Jersey (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1581571895/?tag=njhiking-20), a 9.7 mile variation in Hiking New Jersey (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0762711191/?tag=njhiking-20), and a 5.5 mile variation in Hike of the Week (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1880775786/?tag=njhiking-20). Trail descriptions are in The New Jersey Walk Book (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1880775336/?tag=njhiking-20).