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Please be informed that bow hunting is taking place in this park in accordance with the Park Commission’s White-tailed Deer Management Program. The park will remain open during this Program. Please use caution and stay on blazed trails.
The park will be closed for 8-9 days between November and February for firearm hunting.
More information, including the hunt schedule and hunting map, can be found on our website. Contact 973- 326-7600 with additional questions.
Free Firewood Pick Up is available at the Old Army Area Only.
The material is only for private use and not for commercial or resale use.
Material is only to be taken in limited quantities
No chainsaws or power equipment use is allowed by the public on Park Commission property
No staff is available to assist with the loading or carrying of the firewood.
Hours of Operation / Fall & Winter Activities/ History
Lewis Morris County Park offers many attractions as a general purpose park comprised of 2,196 acres with 12 miles of trails. It is the second largest county park in the park system. This popular facility includes hiking, off-road biking, and equestrian trails, as well as picnic areas and shelters, softball fields, a dog park, and group camping areas. In the winter, you can enjoy sledding, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. In the summer, enjoy the picturesque Sunrise Lake Beach Club
for a fun day of swimming and splashing across a water obstacle course, the Wibit. Kids have a blast sliding down the inflatable Zoom Floom. Take a ride around the lake in a paddle boat, and bring a fishing pole, too. Kids love the playground that includes slides, rings, and climbing structures. All of these attractions are among the many beautiful vistas of both open fields and wooded areas. Digital park/trail maps are available online.
The Cultural Center
Serving as the headquarters of the Morris County Park Commission, the Cultural Center, located at 300 Mendham Road, is available to host your next event. Accommodating up to 95 guests, the Cultural Center offers a sophisticated, yet comfortable setting. The main room lends a gracious air to parties, meetings, weddings, exhibits, and artistic performances. In addition to a fully equipped kitchen, the Cultural Center also has a lovely courtyard available for cocktails and photographs. For your convenience, there is ample parking.
Dog Park Area
Take your canine companion to the Dog Park to run and play in the fresh air. Located in the Old Army Area, you and your dog can enjoy this facility and make new friends. Please follow the guidelines posted outside the area and on the website, so that you can help make your visit enjoyable and successful for everyone. Be sure your dog is dog park ready, and is responsive to voice commands, and socialized to people and dogs. Guidelines for the Dog Park.
Lewis Morris County Park offers something for everyone! It’s time to enjoy the brisk fall weather and take to the outdoors to bike, hike, or jog. There are scenic equestrian trails to take in a scenic ride. A leisurely walk to relax and refresh may more be your style. Remember your favorite canine companion and spend a fun afternoon at the dog park, or stroll one of the many trails. As the weather turns to cold, enjoy the snow by sledding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.
The Special Events
page highlights programs and activities, offering unique and fun opportunities for visitors of all ages.
Picnics and Ball fields: There are many picnic areas and shelters that include tables, benches, and grills located throughout the park for your enjoyment. Plan a fun picnic for family and friends. In the nearby fields, toss a Frisbee, play catch, or organize a kickball game.
For groups larger than 25 people, take advantage of one of the six reservable picnic sites that include shelters, picnic tables, and charcoal grills. You can also reserve one of the ball fields to organize a softball game.
To reserve one of the ball fields or make a picnic reservation
, please call 973.326.7631. For all major holidays, picnic reservations are highly recommended.
Named in honor of Lewis Morris, the first Governor of the State of New Jersey, this park was the first to be opened in the Morris County Park Commission in March, 1958 with 350 acres. The first parcel was acquired on December 31, 1956 from the Mt. Kimble Corp.
The Cultural Center was originally constructed in 1928/1929 in the Spanish Colonial Revival Style and opened as The Aurora Health Farm. In 1952, the property was acquired by ESSO Standard Oil of New Jersey and used as a remote Control Center and training facility for the NYC corporate offices.
The 8-acre Sunrise Lake and beach area was acquired March 1, 1957. The Old Army Area was dedicated on September 20, 1958 and the Cultural Center, which serves as the Morris County Park Commission headquarters, was dedicated on January 29, 1969. The Off Leash Dog Park, located in the Old Army Area was opened November 2003.
The Lewis Morris County Park is open daily Sunrise to Sunset throughout the year.