Monks Trail Circular

Long Pond Ironworks State Park

This loop hike passes by remnants of the abandoned Winston Iron Mine and climbs to a viewpoint over the Monksville Reservoir.

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At the southern end of the parking area, a yellow gate with a triple white blaze marks the start of the Monks Trail. You’ll be following this trail for the entire hike. Proceed ahead for 50 feet, then turn left, following the white-blazed trail into the woods (the trail to the right, also blazed white, will be your return route).

The trail continues along the hillside, parallel to the...

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Trip Reports

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June 06, 2014
easier, less steep going in the other direction
The climb to the summit is easier and less steep if you start by taking the trail to the right and hiking the circular route in the other direction.
June 06, 2014
Gasline crossing trail
The Tennessee Gas Northeast upgrade is going through the trail right now. The trail is open
April 16, 2010
Monks Trail viewpoint
Unfortunately the view of Harrison Mountain from the Monks Circular Trail is now marred by a huge gash and a power line with 200-ft. transmission towers directly across the reservoir from the viewpoint.
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