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“Beautiful historic site and great paddle spot” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Long Pond Ironworks State Park

Long Pond Ironworks State Park
Rte 511 (Greenwood Lake Turnpike), West Milford, NJ 07456-1799
(973) 962-7031
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Type: State Parks
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Wayne, New Jersey
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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Beautiful historic site and great paddle spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

The review ny howlyn really sums it up. This place is wonderful. I love hiking the trails and the old buildings make for some really nice photographs. I love to imagine what this place used to look like back in its time. The reservoir is wonderful for paddling, one if my most favorite places to go. Just watch out for the submerged trees in a few spots. Lots of interesting stuff to see as well. Cant wait to go back soon!

Visited June 2013
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English first
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12 attraction reviews
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“Scenic trails, but leave the dog at home”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013 via mobile

Trails are nice - very scenic with trees, mountains, river, resevoir and a small waterfall. There are (run-down) historic sites to see with informational posts - could really be worthwhile if fixed up. Unfortunately, there was a significant amount of broken glass from bottles in many areas of the trails. So, save your doggie's feet and leave the pup at home.

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Greendell, New Jersey
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57 attraction reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Do it yourself history lesson”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Don't get me wrong, this is a nice way to spend an hour or 2 exploring New Jersey's history. I just seems like not enough efforet is made promoting it. It would be great if there was a volunteer guide or something to bring this place to life.

Visited August 2012
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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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289 attraction reviews
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“More than "just" history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2011

We go to this park fairly often, so parts of this review may combine visits. Long Pond was established to preserve the local iron mining/manufacturing history of the former village of Hewitt. There are several preserved/stabilized buildings, some from the 18th and 19th century iron village, and some relocated here prior to the flooding of the adjacent Monksville Reservoir. The historical highlights of the park are the remains of three iron furnaces, dating consecutively from 1766 and 1865, along with the stabilized/reconstructed waterwheels/pits, and water raceway. A visit starts at the visitor center/museum, which has previously been (e.g.) a restaurant, store and residence. There you can get informative brochures and, if it is open, information from the staff of volunteers from the Friends of Long Pond Ironworks.
History isn' the only thing here. My wife and I enjoy the paths/trails, which lead to, among other things, the Wanaque River source of the Monksville Reservoir. Wildlife sightings are not uncommon. There is a section of the Highlands Trail, and the visitor center has information on the trail to a nearby iron mine site.
While not technically part of the park, the Monksville Reservoir is a nice place for a relaxing canoe/kayak ride, and it has excellent fishing. We have met first-time kayakers, competitive kayakers practicing, and even teams practicing in racing shells. The motorized fishing boats are not so plentiful as to be a nuisance. Out on the water, sightings of birds are fairly plentiful, including swallows, cormorants, ducks, swans, herons, etc. There are plentiful places to pull out of the water to relax or have a small picnic.
Altogether, a nice place to enjoy a day in the country without having to drive far. We have never been disappointed with a visit to this park.

Visited August 2011
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