Loantaka Brook Reservation, Morristown

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The Loantaka Brook Reservation is a nature reserve and public park in the American state of New Jersey in Morris County. It consists of five miles of nature trails for jogging, hiking, and biking. Seaton Hackney Stables, owned and operated by the Morris County Park Commissions, offers horseback riding at an adjacent property with trail riding along a long and narrow corridor near the Loantaka Brook. It has four distinct areas including the South Street recreation facilities, the Seaton Hackney Stables, the Loantaka Brook area at Kitchell Road, and the Loantaka Way Trail.
HistoryThe land had been private property until the twentieth century when large connecting plots were donated by various community members to form what is known today as The Loantaka Brook Reservation. The Reservation began as a public park after the Seaton Hackney Stables were added to the park system through a donation from Mr. and Mrs. Paul Moore in the 1900s. The Loantaka Brook Reservation began official service in 1957.
A subsequent addition was made by Helen Hartley Jenkins Wood. The wooded area was donated by Marcellus Hartley Dodge Sr. and Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge. The donation by Mr. and Mrs. Dodge helped to bring together the two largest tracts of land in the reservation. The trail system is part of 570 acres in one of New Jersey's most populated counties. In the past, the trail was mostly used by hikers and horseback riders, but since the creation of trails with multiple surfaces, including a car-wide macadam trail as well as dirt and gravel trails, the park has become more user friendly for cyclists, rollerbladers, and other outdoor enthusiasts.
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  • Beautiful for a morning run! The Rose City Runners Club meets every Saturday morning at the Kitchell Road parking lot at 8:30 or 9 in winter months. Runners at different levels. Great way to...  more »
  • My husband and I recently visited here for the first time. We enjoyed the many trails, both paved and unpaved with little elevation. Most of the trails were well shaded. There was a picnic area...  more »
  • Very nice sized park with miles of paved paths and dozens of gravely paths. Perfect for biking if you are into a nice easy ride through heavily wooded areas. Not too many people when we went on a Sunday afternoon in August. Plenty of free parking and the perfect place to visit in the summer when the rest of the world is going south towards the beaches
  • A well maintained paved path with benches to sit and relax... It can get a bit busy with bicyclists, but I never feel crowded. Most everyone is pleasant and polite. Some even fish in the pond. There's a small pavilion where groups often have gatherings. They recently added bicycle rentals at the entrances, which also appear to be well maintained. The parking seems adequate for the park... I've never had any problem getting a spot.

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