Opt Outside in Parsippany
Parsippany is home to over 2,300 acres of protected and managed open spaces. Boasting some of Morris Counties premier running, hiking, and biking trails, Parsippany would like to invite you to opt outside and explore all that we have to offer!
Troy Meadows is a remnant of ancient Glacial Lake Passaic (along with the Great Swamp, Black Meadows, and Great Piece and Little Piece Meadows). It was the largest freshwater marsh in the State of New Jersey and was classified as the highest quality inland wetland in New Jersey. Troy Meadows is located within the Whippany River Watershed in the Passaic River Basin. It is 3,100 acres, located downstream of the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and the Black Meadows. Troy Meadows is designated as a "National Natural Landmark," by the National Park Service, a "New Jersey Natural Area" and also a "Natural Heritage Priority site" by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP).
Parsippany Rock Shelter
Known to generations of local school kids as the Rock House, the Parsippany Rock Shelter is a collection of titanic glacial boulders that tumbled to form a rudimentary shelter. Evidence of human habitation extends as far 1250 BC, and as recently as the late 1500's by the Lenne Lenape Native Americans. Although there's no conclusive evidence for the location as a calendar site, it may have had astronomical significance in prehistory. The landmark contains a rare New Jersey example of Indian petroglyphs, thought to have been etched into the rock between 500 BC and 500 AD. The landmark property and shelter are accessible from Dale Road, off Park Road, between Littleton Road (US Hwy 202) and Tabor Road (State Hwy 53).
The Boonton Reservoir is a reservoir located between Boonton and Parsippany-Troy Hills. It provides water for Jersey City, New Jersey. The Reservoir was formed by a dam on the Rockaway River that was completed in 1904. The Boonton Reservoir occupies the original town of Boonton. The Boonton Reservoir is our newest series of trails that will open in Parsippany, with an estimated availability being Spring 2021.
The Rockaway River was an integral part of the Morris Canal that operated from the late 18th century into the middle of the 19th. The Morris Canal allowed boats to haul iron ore and coal across the state of New Jersey from the port at Phillipsburg on the Delaware River to Elizabeth on the Hudson River and then on to New York City and beyond. Today, the Rockaway is a tranquil oasis secluded from the North Jersey chaos that surrounds it. Typical wildlife that will be encountered along the river includes wood ducks, cormorants, great blue heron, deer, woodchuck, beaver, and a wide variety of songbirds