Boonton/Rockaway Townships, Morris County, NJ

This is a part of the Tourne County Park (see that park for details of the larger park).

"In its days of operation the canal extended for miles through areas like this -- a ribbon of water leading into the distance, often out of sight to the rest of the world." (Macasek, Joseph J., 1997, "Guide to the Morris Canal in Morris County." Morris County Heritage Commission; p. 24.)


red maple swamp, lawns, pathway


There is a path that leads past the green houses of Hamilton Farms and that takes you to a causeway. From the entrance to the causeway, it is a short walk left and back and an even shorter walk right.

If you want you can walk along the canal all the way to River Road/Bush Road; turn left onto this road; turn left onto Old Denville Road (Route 603) and walk back to the parking area.

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney

Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple) 4/27/00
Betula populifolia (gray birch)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood) 4/27/00
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Prunus avium (sweet cherry) 4/27/00
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Pyrus malus (apple) 4/27/00
Pyrus sp. (crab apple) 4/27/00
Rhus sp. (sumac)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras) 4/27/00
(lots of planted conifers near Hamilton Farms)

Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry) 4/27/00
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)
Ligustrum sp. (privet)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush) 4/27/00
Lonicera morrowii (Morrows' honeysuckle)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Spiraea tomentosa (steeplebush)
Staphylea trifolia (butternut) 4/27/00
Taxus sp. (yew)
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry) 4/27/00
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw viburnum)

Coronilla varia (crown vetch)?
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaved greenbrier)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)

Achillea millefolium (yarrow)
Ajuga reptans (ajuga) 4/27/00
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) 4/27/00
Allium vineale (field garlic)
Anemone quinquefolia (wood anemone)
Anemonella thalictroides (rue anemone)
Arabis hirsuta (hairy rockcress) 4/27/00
Arabis laevigata smooth rockcress) 4/27/00
Arctium sp. (burdock)
Artemisia (common mugwort)
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster)
Barbarea vulgaris (common wintercress) 4/27/00
Cardamine sp. (cuckoo flower)?
Cardamine hirsuta (hairy bittercress) 4/27/00
Claytonia virginica (spring beauty) 4/27/00
Euphorbia esula (leafy spurge) 4/27/00
Fragaria virginica (wild strawberry)
Galium sp. (bedstraw)
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)
Geum sp. (avens)
Impatiens capensis (jewelweed)
Iris sp. (iris) -- lots and lots of it
Lamium purpureum (purple dead nettle) 4/27/00
Lysimachia nummularia (moneywort)
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)
Myosotis sp. (forget-me-not)
Polygonatum sp. (true Solomon's seal)
Polygonum virginianum (Virginia knotweed)
Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-lead crowfoot) 4/27/00
Ranunculus ficaria (lesser celandine) 4/27/00
Ranunculus hispidus var. nitida (swamp buttercup)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad-leaved dock)
Stellaria media (common chickweed) 4/27/00
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion) 4/27/00
Trifolium pratense (red clover)
Veratrum viride (swamp hellebore)
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)
Veronica hederifolia (ivy-leaved speedwell) 4/27/00
Viola cucullata (marsh blue violet) 4/27/00
(star of Bethlehem)? or Hosta

Anthoxanthum odoratum (sweet vernal grass)
Poa annua (annual bluegrass) 4/27/00

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)