In the early 1830s the Morris Canal opened across northern New Jersey, from Phillipsburg on the Delaware River to Newark, and later to Jersey City on the Hudson River. It provided a thoroughfare for the county's farm products to reach metropolitan markets. The county continues to retain some of its early agricultural prominence, leading the Garden State in the production of dairy cattle, milk, eggs, feed corn and alfalfa. In addition, farm markets, nurseries, wineries, and "boutique" growers are expanding within the county.
The Morris Canal also brought together the anthracite coal from Pennsylvania with the limestone and iron ore from New Jersey in the formation of heavy industry. Railroads quickly replaced the canal and sped the development of industry within the county.
The canal towpath between Waterloo Village and Allamuchy is a 2-mile long recreational trail open to the public for non-motorized activities. This trail is part of a greenway that will eventually extend between the proposed New Jersey Transportation Heritage Museum in Phillipsburg and the historic Waterloo Village - a restored canal town.
Parking and Trail Access
Free parking is available at historic Waterloo Village in Byram Township. Simply take Interstate 80 in New Jersey to Exit 25.
Follow the signs for Waterloo Village.
A walk through history
"This section of restored Morris Canal and towpath is divided into two disconnected sections. About 1/2 mile section in Waterloo Village is well restored, with water in the canal, descriptive signs are restored canal structures. The Canal Society of New ...