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“It's a Wonderful Park”
Review of Jockey Hollow

Jockey Hollow
Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Morristown
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Owner description: Part of the Morristown National Historical Park, this recreated campsite was home to the Pennsylvnia troops in the winter of 1779-80.
Morristown, New Jersey
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803 reviews
283 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 317 helpful votes
“It's a Wonderful Park”
Reviewed January 17, 2012

Jockey Hollow National Historical Park is a great place to visit and hike in. There is plenty of history to be seen inside the park with miles of trails to explore. I’ve been walking my dog almost every day along the miles of trails our fore father’s took 200 plus years ago. The park is a wonderful place to experience the different seasons of the year. In the spring you might be lucky enough to see a mother black bear and her cubs, which are known to be in the area. I’ve had several sightings over the years. The park allows dogs, but they must be leashed at all times and you must clean up after them. They provide dog waste bags and trash cans at each parking lot. Too bad some pet owners can’t read the signs. Many people walk the paved road ways around the park, but if you can, try walking the trails to experience Mother Nature. There are usually maps at each parking lot or the visitor center which show the various trails and walking distances.
The recent storms caused major tree damage throughout the park and some of the wooden walkways along the streams have been dislodged by flooding, but park personnel and volunteers have done a great job clearing the trails. It’s a wonderful park.

Visited January 2012
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Vermont
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“Very nice visit”
Reviewed December 31, 2011

This was a spontaneous stop on our drive home from Philadelphia and we'd definitely like to return as we only really scratched the surface of what there is to learn and see here. At the visitor's center there is a brief and informative film and a replica of the interior of a typical winter hut Washington's troops built. The ranger at the visitor's center was very knowledgeable and provided information that really helped us understand the historical context of the site. Wick's house was furnished and had a costumed interpreter answering questions. Overall we left with an appreciation of hardship the troops endured during the historically cold winter.

Visited December 2011
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Madison, New Jersey
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28 attraction reviews
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“Good Hikes”
Reviewed December 28, 2011

Patriot's Path is a nice jaunt around the park. The exhibit has a nice overview of the history in the park. I highly recommend visiting Washington's HQs at Ford Mansion (not the same site, you must drive) for more information about the Revolutionary war and Morristown's involvement.

Good hiking, not great hiking. It's nice that it feels fairly secluded... there isn't a loud highway (like at Watchung Reservation) with car noises.

Good walk in the woods.

Visited September 2011
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Morristown, New Jersey
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“Been hiking here at least once weekly for years”
Reviewed December 9, 2011

Aside from the historical value of Jockey Hollow, including the Wick House and the Soldier Huts from the revolutionary era of US history, has great miles of hiking trails. There are several parking areas all with descriptive posters and maps available. There are two restrooms available, one at the Western Ave. entrance parking lot, and one at the visitor's center. All the trails are marked and the difficulty is somewhat easy to moderate. Many of the trails make a circle returning to where you parked. Some notes: no biking is allowed in the park on the trails, however they are allowed on the paved roads. There are dogs allowed on leashes and occasionally you see Park Rangers walking the trails, and they will give tickets for dogs off leash. The park is particularly beautiful in the fall and winter.

Visited December 2011
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Prescott Valley, Arizona
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“Interesting Historical Site”
Reviewed November 18, 2011

Not much in our history books about the battle of Morristown. This site along with Washington Headquarters certainly fills in that gap. Lots of trails and even a paved road for those who aren't walkers. (You can get closer to the soldier's huts by car, but there is a hill to climb from a nearby parking lot.)

Visited November 2011
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