In June 1986, the Morris County Park Commission dedicated this recreation trail that runs parallel to the New Jersey Transit Line railroad tracks. The path utilizes a little over three miles of right-of-way that might have been an overgrown, littered wasteland.
The trail was developed with the cooperation of the Jersey Central Power and Light Company and the New Jersey Department of Transportation. In April of 1990, a nine-station Parcourse Exercise unit was installed to enhance the health aspects of the trail. The addition was made possible through matching grants from Allied-Signal Foundation, Crum & Forster, and the Jersey Central Power and Light.
The Traction Line Recreation Trail is popular for biking, jogging, cross country skiing, walking and strollers. Motorized vehicles are not permitted on the Trail.
The northern end of the trail is near the intersection of Morris Avenue and Washington Avene across Morrris Avenue form Washington's Headquarters National Historic Park. This is a residential area and there is only on street parking. The southern end of the Traction Line is at Danforth near Fairleigh Dickenson University's College at Florham in Madison, NJ. There is no public parking at this location.
Parking and Trail Access
FROM Route 124: Traveling EAST through Morris Township, turn LEFT at Rods/Madison Hotel onto Convent Road. Cross railroad tracks to path entrance on LEFT. (Parking is available in adjacent lot.) These directions lead to the Convent Station on New Jersey Transits Morris and Essex Line in about the middle of the trail.
FROM Route 287 South: Exit 35 to Route 124 EAST, (Madison Avenue). Turn LEFT on Madison Avenue, follow to traffic light at Convent Road. Turn LEFT, proceed as above.
FROM Route 287 North: Exit 35 to light. Turn LEFT onto South Street. Bear RIGHT onto Route 124 (Madison Avenue) Turn RIGHT on Madison Avenue Route 124 East. Follow directions as above.
This is an okay trail if you live in the neighborhood. A good "go to" trail for a quick bike ride or rollerblading. The trail sits parallel to the commuter train which can be very noisy when it passes. Not a scenic route at all. It was a bit of a disappointment ...
Fun for the kids
I don't love an all asphalt trail. It's a nice easy trail. it starts at Madison (where there's no parking) and goes through Convent Station. You can park at the train station and pick up the trail there. It's really fun when a train comes.
Start in Morristown, lunch in Madison, combine with Loantaka
Wife and I parked in Morristown, took this trail into Madison, and had lunch at Atlanta Bread (Memorial Day 2010). What we should have done is figured out how to best take roads to the Loantaka Brook park that has many bike trails (http://www.morrisparks.net/aspparks/loantakatr.asp) ...