Schooley's Mountain, New Jersey
|Schooleys Mountain, New Jersey|
|Named for||Schooley family|
|Elevation||1,017 ft (310 m)|
|GNIS feature ID||0880418|
Schooley's Mountain is an unincorporated community in Washington Township located within Morris County, New Jersey, United States. Named for the Schooley family who owned a considerable amount of land there in the 1790s, the community is on Schooley's Mountain, a mountain with an elevation of about 1,000 feet (300 m) directly north of Long Valley. It rises 600 feet (180 m) above the surrounding valley, located about 45 miles (72 km) from New York City. It contains many housing developments and Schooley's Mountain Park, a recreational area with an overlook, a waterfall, and numerous hiking paths, as well as Lake George. In its past, Schooley's Mountain was a resort and an estate.
The Lenni Lenape Native Americans called it home. The Vanderbilts were among the numerous New York City socialites who trekked to the mountain for its restorative waters. The rich chalybeate-infused waters were thought to improve health, detoxify the system, and generally "make it all better".
Schooley's Mountain County Park offers active and passive recreation on 797 acres (3.23 km2). The park was acquired by the Morris County Parks Commission in 1968 and opened to the public in 1974.
Schooley's Mountain is also the home of the Green Chapel Boys, a musical group composed of Steve Marinaccio, Scott Monetti, and Jimmy Garabo. The Green Chapel Boys have performed with, produced and or composed songs on records with Alex Nackman, Lelica, and Travis Rocco. Schooley's Mountain is the hometown of author Paul Schmidtberger.