Introduction to Hopatcong, New Jersey
Hopatcong, New Jersey, in Sussex county, is 13 miles W of Parsippany, New Jersey and 28 miles NW of Newark, New Jersey. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Newark metropolitan area. Hopatcong contains a population of approximately 15,888.
The town of Hopatcong borders on one of the biggest partially man-made lakes in New Jersey, Lake Hopatcong. The area used to be called "Brookland" in the 1800s, and this lake was then known as the "Great Pond" or the "Brookland Pond." The town was initially established as the Borough of Brooklyn on April 2, 1898. However, it was renamed Hopatcong on March 22, 1901. Because of its easy access to New York City, Hopatcong developed as a summer get-away for the wealthy. With the development of the Interstate highways, the town gradually became a residential community.
Hopatcong and nearby Attractions
- Drake House Museum
- Waterloo Village
- Wick House Herb Garden
- Lakes End Marina
- Lake Lackawanna Golf Course
- Wild West City
Things To Do In Hopatcong
While at Hopatcong, there are a number of historic sites and museums nearby that one can visit. These include the Drake House Museum, the Community Children's Museum, the Hackettstown Historical Museum, the Morristown National Historical Park, and the Waterloo Village. The Wick House Herb Garden, another important historical site, illustrates the uses of plants in the 17th century. The Hopatcong town itself has a beautiful lake called Bear Pond, and another stunning creek, the Mountain Brook. Here one can spend some quiet time in the midst of nature. The Wild West City is another tourist attraction that is extremely popular with kids. It is a theme park with a variety of rides.
Air transportation is available from Newark Liberty International Airport.
Hopatcong Higher Education
Higher educational facilities are available at the County College Of Morris, Drew University, and the Raritan Valley Community College.