Mount Hope Historical County Park

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75 Teabo Road
Wharton, NJ 07885

T: (973) 326 - 7600

Hours:
M-F: Daily, sunrise to sunset.
Sat-Sun: Daily, sunrise to sunset.

Directions

Trek through nature and history at this beautifully rugged park in one of the county’s oldest iron mining regions.

Once the center of a booming iron mining and processing industry, the park is noted for its heritage and beauty. The rocky landscape reflects the site’s industrial heritage with visible remains of shafts, passages, and slopes that yielded “Succasunny’’ or Black Stone-magnetite iron ore. But it’s not just history that brings people here. The 2.7-mile trail system is popular for hiking, running, and walking.

Plan Your Visit

This park offers close to 5 miles of trails for your enjoyment. Whether you are a hiker, trail runner or interested in industrial history there is something for everyone.

Please Remember:

  • Smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes is strictly prohibited.
  • Dogs must remain on a 6’ leash as per Article III, Section 3 of the Morris County Park Commission’s Rules and Regulations.
  • For safety purposes, all trail users must stay on signed/blazed trails or walkways.
  • Bow and firearm hunting may be permitted in some parks. Please contact the Natural Resources Office at 973.285.6552 for more information.

To learn more Trail Courtesy, What to Bring, and other trail tips on how to share this pristine, natural space with each other – check our Trail Resources!

Maps

Large – 11″ x 17″ (1 page)

Letter – 8.5″ x 11″ (2 pages, split)

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Programs & Activities
  • Enjoy Hiking
  • Seasonal guided Industrial Heritage Tours

Remember! For your personal safety… You must stay on the marked trails.

History

Mount Hope Historical County Park was once a booming iron mining and processing site that lies within the Highlands Physiographic Province (which is a narrow band of very old, hard, diverse rock containing deposits of various minerals). Three separate veins were previously mined at this Park that contain the remains of the Teabo, Allen, and Richard Mine properties.

Early settlers began mining iron ore at Mount Hope around 1710 and, except for brief periods, the mines were continuously worked for over 250 years. By the 1880s, mine operations began to decrease production levels, due to the rise of mining in the Mid-West, eventually closing during the Depression. Briefly, the mines re-opened due to demand of iron ore for World War 2. The New Leonard complex was constructed in 1942-43 and by 1950, Mount Hope under Shamoon Industries had surpassed all other New Jersey mines in the total production of iron ore. In 1959, the demand for ore fell once again and the mine closed.

Located within the Park is the Mount Hope Miners Church. The church, dedicated in 1868, was built in the Vernacular Italian style and enlarged in the early 20th century. It was constructed by the Mt. Hope Mining Company “for the benefit of any society of Christians that might desire to worship in it.” Originally serving the area’s many Cornish immigrant miners, it closed in 1984 when the congregation dwindled to fewer than 20 families.

The first parcel of land was acquired by the Morris County Park Commission in 1991, with additional acreage added in subsequent years.