MORRIS CANAL PARK AND NATURE PRESERVE

Passaic County, NJ


Directions:

I have to ask Joe Labriola where exactly this place is located.  According to his rough map, it is located north above the intersection of  Route 3 and the Garden State Parkway in Clifton.  It must be off Broad Street somewhere.  

In Clifton a section of about 600 feet of the Morris Canal still exists.  It lies just north of the Garden State Parkway ramp leading west from the parkway to Route 3 west.  The land is leased by the City of Clifton.  The area has been restored, but its width and depth are less than at the time of operation.  


History:

As the Morris Canal flowed eastward through Old Acquackanonk (now the city of Clifton) it flowed through the 17.5 mile "flat mileage," starting in Lincoln Park and continuing to Hoover Avenue, Bloomfield.  It hugged the side of Garret Mountain.  The entire section in Passaic County was flat.  There were no lock or inclined planes.  

Path:  Paterson into Clifton, at Frederick Avenue near the end of  Broad Street, heading south close to Route 19; back toward Broad Street; under Broad Street and toward Van Houten Avenue; along Broad west of Garden State Parkway; Clifton Avenue; Allwood Road; Route 3; Upper Montclair Country Club; Bloomfield (where the canal bed still exists along the southwest side of Lindbergh Boulevard).   (Information from "Tales from the Towpath" Morris Canal Park and Nature Preserve, Clifton, N.J., Vol.1, No.8, Spring 1991.)


PLANT LIST:

Joseph Labriola and TBS attendees


Trees:
Acer negundo (boxelder maple)
Acer saccharinum (silver maple)
Celtis occidentalis (hackberry)
Fraxinus pensylvanica (red ash)
Juglans nigra (black walnut)
Liquidambar styraciflua (sweetgum)
Morus alba (white mulberry)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Prunus sp. (Kwanzan cherry)

Shrubs:
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood) 5/18/96
Cornus racemosa (gray-stemmed dogwood)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Lonicera tartarica (Tartar's honeysuckle)
Viburnum dentatum (arrowwood viburnum)
Vinca minor (periwinkle) 5/18/96

Herbs:
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) 5/18/96
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Barbarea vulgaris (common wintercress) 5/18/96
Chelidonium majus (celandine poppy) 5/18/96
Galium aparine (cleavers)
Iris (yellow flag) 5/18/96 soon to bloom
Lamium purpureum (purple dead nettle) 5/18/96
Linaria vulgaris (butter-and-eggs)
Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)
Peltandra virginica (arrow arum)
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)
Raphanus raphanistrum (wild radish) 5/18/96
Senecio vulgaris (common groundsel) 5/18/96
Stellaria media (common chickweed) 5/18/96
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (dandelion) 5/18/96
Veronica arvensis (corn speedwell) 5/18/96
Veronica sp. (speedwell) 5/18/96

Grasses:
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)