Morris Canal Greenway

In operation between 1831 and 1924, the Morris Canal stretched over 100 miles across New Jersey connecting the coalfields of northeastern Pennsylvania with northern New Jersey’s iron industry, major industrial cities, and the New York City markets. The segment of the Morris Canal in Jersey City linked the Hackensack River to the Hudson River and served as the Eastern terminus. Starting in 2012, regional stakeholders commenced an effort to create a continuous greenway route that follows the original canal path. This vision has been realized through the Morris Canal Greenway that proposes a 111-mile continuous pedestrian and bicycle path along the alignment of the historic Morris Canal that stretches across six counties in northern New Jersey. For more information on the regional Morris Canal Greenway initiative, please visit

In Jersey City, the full greenway segment stretches 8.5 miles through the southern half of the City. To construct the first phase, Jersey City was awarded a $3.5 million grant from the NJ Dept. of Transportation for construction of four on-road and off-road segments (3, 5, 10, 11) of the Morris Canal Greenway pedestrian and bicycle path (Click here to view segments  3, 5, 10, 11). When completed, the eight-mile segment located within Jersey City will offer open space and recreation options and improved connections between the City’s many neighborhoods. The grant will fund improvements including new curb ramps, crosswalks, sidewalk reconstruction, lighting, landscaping and green infrastructure, signage, bike lanes, roadway repair, etc. 

Project Documents

Morris Canal Greenway Public Meeting Presentation
Morris Canal Greenway Final Plan
Morris Canal Greenway Segments
Phase 1 Segments Overview

Morris Canal Greenway Segment Types - Jersey City
Morris Canal Greenway Segment Status - Jersey City