Bread Lock Park | Explore Warren

 

Bread Lock Park

A picnic area, walking and exercise path, and Warren County history museum are located at this premiere site along the historic Morris Canal Greenway.

Lock 7 West became known as “Bread Lock” because the store at the end of the lock sold goods to boatmen passing through back in the mid-19th century, including homemade bread and pies. While still buried, the remains of the lock itself speak to the historical significance of this site as part of the larger Morris Canal Greenway.

In use from the 1820s to the 1920s, the historic Morris Canal stretched 102 miles from the Delaware River along Phillipsburg to the Hudson River along Jersey City. Overcoming a height elevation of 914 feet using 23 locks and 23 inclined planes, the canal became known as the “Mountain Climbing Canal” and was a major engineering feat of its day. Today, a short section of the canal has been cleared and offers a lovely walk where you can see the prism that once held water and towpath traveled by mules pulling the boats along. Visitors can also enjoy the nature and exercise trails around the perimeter of the park, as well as the Historic Learning Center.

"ParkFest @ Bread Lock Park" was held for the first time in June 2017 and looks to be an annual event, featuring a lawn concert with jazz combos, meet the authors, an art show, a classic car show, and more.