Iron Mines at Mount Hope

Mount Hope Historical Park

Along the Red Trail in Mount Hope Historical Park. Photo by Daniel Chazin. Along the Red Trail in Mount Hope Historical Park. Photo by Daniel Chazin. Stone foundations at the Allen Mine - Photo by Daniel Chazin Stone foundations at the Allen Mine - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike, through pleasant second-growth woods, follows old woods roads past numerous mine openings of the abandoned Mount Hope Mines.

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Mount Hope Historical Park was once a booming iron mining and processing site. It forms a part of the original Mount Hope Tract, first developed by John Jacob Faesch in 1772. Three separate veins of ore – each of which runs in a southwesterly-to-northeasterly direction – were mined on the property. The property was divided into three ownerships, which operated the Teabo, Allen, and Richard...

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August 28, 2016
Nice hike, but LOTS OF BUGS!
<p>I chose this hike for the purpose of giving my dog some exercise for 1-2 hours. It was a nice hike even though there's not much to look at scenery-wise.. the mines are more like big pits in the ground, but still interesting to look at.&nbsp;</p> <p>As soon as I stepped out of the parking lot into the woods, I was SWARMED by small flies/gnats... those really annoying ones that don't bite but fly into your ears/eyes/nose constantly. I've never been swarmed with bugs that badly before. It was so bad I considered turning back after 5 minutes.. I kept going, but it was a constant annoyance throughout the entire hike.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The timing above says 2 hours, however I completed the described circuit in just under an hour. But again, I was walking at a pretty brisk pace due to the bugs, and didn't really stop to look at the mine pits/ruins as much as I would have if there were no bugs.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Long story short, nice quick hike, but for the love of god BRING BUG SPRAY!</p>
May 03, 2011
Mount Hope hike
<P>If you follow the blue &amp; white trails, you will face some hills and interesting places. Because they are both "dead ends", it&nbsp;isn't difficult to bushwhack from the end of one to the end of the other; the deepest pit I saw here was at the end of the white trail (couldn't&nbsp;see the bottom due to double barbed-wire fences). Beware of ticks; I was&nbsp;here a few weeks ago before everything was&nbsp;grown in and still picked some up.&nbsp;</P>
April 17, 2010
Nice hike, and my dog loved it!
<p>I took my dog for a hike here and wasn't quite sure what to expect as I have never visited this park.  Overall, I thought the trails were well-marked and the abundance of mine pits, piles of rubble and other ruins were very interesting.  We even met a kid who, with his nearby school's Ecology Club, adopted a section of the main Red Trail...I'd say they were doing a good job!</p><p>Although lacking great views and other neat water features, I'm sure we will visit this park more often for a nice walk in the forest. </p>
Jeremy Apgar
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