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“More than "just" history”

Long Pond Ironworks State Park
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Reviewed 19 August 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.

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