Loop Hike to Patterson Mine

Long Pond Ironworks State Park

Ruins of Long Pond Ironworks Furnace - Photo by Daniel Chazin Ruins of Long Pond Ironworks Furnace - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike passes the ruins of the Long Pond Ironworks and follows old woods roads to the Patterson Mine.

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This hike follows a series of woods roads through an important center of the iron industry in the 1800s. Some of these woods roads are unmarked, and although they can easily be followed, those who are not confident of their route-finding ability might wish to choose another hike. The route of the hike traverses both Long Pond Ironworks State Park and Tranquility Ridge County Park.

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September 27, 2018
4
Parking for hike at Long Pond Ironworks should be okay

I consulted a long-time volunteer who maintains many of the trails in the area, and he replied as follows:  "I think that a day tripper hiking in the general area surely qualifies as being within the historic district, which is on both sides of the road. I see no problem with that and park there myself, no hassle.  A commuter parked there all day every day would be a more likely target."  In other words, the restriction on parking is intended to deter people who are not visiting the immediate area from parking at Long Pond Ironworks.  Those who follow the route of this hike are considered to be visitors to the historic district, and their cars will not be towed.

Daniel Chazin
September 27, 2018
4
Where should hikers park?
At the parking lot for the Long Pond Ironworks Historic District, there are signs indicating parking is for the Historic District only and that others would be towed. About 2/10 mile up the road, at East Shore Road, there's a little "park" where perhaps you can park. On the opposite side of the road were lots of parking barriers. I ended going another 2/10 mile up the road and parked at a gravel pull-off on the south side of the road. The Highlands Trail crosses Greenwood Lake Turnpike at East Shore Road, so you're only walking along the road a short distance. You can take the Highlands Trail back to the Historic District and pick up the route there.
jwrushman
November 15, 2017
4
Nice, easy, historical features
I did this hike on a pretty cold but sunny day in November. I took the 197 NJ Transit bus from Port Authority. Lots of historical features at the beginning of the hike, which follows a historical route, The remains of Patterson Mine aren't that impressive, however (I actually walked by them and then had to go back to find the three pits). There is also one nice view of the Monksville reservoir, and the colors on the trees were beautiful. It is pretty easy, there is only one (rather short) climb. I completed it in about 3 hours.
Marie from France
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