Long Pond Ironwork’s Monk’s Trail is a 2.5 mile loop trail located near scenic Monksville Reservoir.
The trail map above was taken from the State of NJ’s parks and forests website.
The 1.7 white blazed Monk’s trail loops around Monk’s Mountain (part of Long Pond Ironworks State Park) and passes near the Winston Iron Mine. The mine was in operation for a short time after the Civil War and was inactive by the 1880’s.
There is an interesting short side trail (blue on white blaze) which leads to some amazing views of Monksville Reservoir.
One of the unique finds on this hike was Prickly Pear Cactus which is the only native cactus known to New Jersey. It’s interesting finding a plant you might associate with a desert environment having a home in a mountain in New Jersey!
The trail is a great scenic way to view some of the iron mining history of the NJ Highlands while taking in some great views.