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Posted Monday, May 18th, 2020

Recreational Access of Grounds and Trails Begins May 20

Following guidance from the White House, CDC, and state and local public health authorities, Morristown National Historical Park is increasing recreational access at the park starting this Wednesday, May 20, with certain restrictions and adherence to public safety recreation regulations in the state of New Jersey.

Jockey Hollow soldiers' huts

Jockey Hollow soldiers’ huts

The following areas will be open for recreation from 8 am to 6 pm daily:

  • Jockey Hollow parking lots at Visitor Center, Wick House, and Soldier Huts, and New Jersey Brigade/Cross Estate parking lot
  • Jockey Hollow Tour Road
  • Soldier Huts
  • All 27 miles of hiking trails
  • Equestrian trail use (5 trailer spaces at the visitor center parking lot only)

Prohibited activities include:

  • group gatherings and activities
  • picnicking

Permanent restroom facilities in Jockey Hollow will be closed; however, portable restroom units will be available for public use.  Parking will be restricted to the park’s surface parking lots only and are at a reduced number based on state guidelines. Visitors are encouraged to follow Leave No Trace principles (carry in / carry out) at the New Jersey Brigade Area.

The following areas will remain closed at this time:

Jockey Hollow trail

Jockey Hollow trail

  • Vehicular use of the Tour Road at Jockey Hollow between the Soldier Huts and Visitor Center (Tour Road is accessible by pedestrians and bicyclists only in this area)
  • Western Avenue Park Access Gate (at Jockey Hollow Road) will be closed to vehicular access
  • New York Brigade parking lot and comfort station
  • Jockey Hollow Trail Center parking lot
  • Jockey Hollow Visitor Center
  • Wick House and herb garden
  • Fort Nonsense Area
  • Washington’s Headquarters: Ford Mansion and Washington’s HQ Museum (grounds and parking lots are open for passive recreation)

“We encourage visitors to safely enjoy the park as the weather warms up and we head into Memorial Day Weekend,” said Tom Ross, superintendent of Morristown NHP. “Please follow recommended social distancing practices at all times. Since many trails are less than six feet wide, we encourage good, healthy hiking etiquette by yielding to other hikers in wider trail spots and turning your face away as you pass other hikers.”

Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted at