Schooleys Mountain Park Trails Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This hike is a treat, not just for the fabulous views and lush woods within Schooleys Mountain County Park, but for the year-round recreational opportunities: fishing, bridle trails, rowboat and paddle boat rental, ice skating on an 8-acre lake, a play area, picnic grove, a 470-foot floating bridge, a natural amphitheater where summer concerts are held, a group shelter for picnickers, and the Schooleys Mountain Park Lodge—available for corporate and private rental for meetings or parties. Originally purchased by the Morristown YMCA in 1923 and acquired by the Morris County Park Commission in 1968, the 797-acre park officially opened in 1974.
The park was named for the Schooley family, immigrants from Germany, who owned land in this area in the late 1700s. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, visitors traveled to Schooleys Mountain by stagecoach and rail to take a dip in the purewater spas. From the 1920s through the 1950s, children enjoyed summer camp here. Today the park attracts young and old, especially hikers who love the woods, the countless boulders, and the melodious sound of cascading water."