Mount Hope Historical Park

Teabo Rd * Rockaway * NJ 07885 Sunrise to Sunset all year

Morris County once had vast reserves of high-quality iron ore that were mined from deep, large caverns. Mining at Mount Hope started in 1710, making it one of the oldest mining areas in Colonial America. For the next 270 years, mines throughout Rockaway Township were worked almost continuously, with the last mine operating until 1978. The northeastern section of Mount Hope Historical Park has some of the earliest commercial iron mine remains, while the southwestern section has the remains from the 20th century. Visitors can sign up for a guided tour of the area to learn more about the land and this industry.

The rocky landscape of the Park reflects the industrial heritage of the site. The large, deep depressions seen throughout the Park (subsidence pits) are the visible remains of the shafts, adits, and slopes that yield what the Native Americans called Succasunny (black stone-magnetite iron ore).

Of Special Note:

  • Three separate veins of ore were mined here: Teabo, Allen, and Richard mines
  • Mount Hope Historical Park is 480 acres, making it a favorite spot for hiking and snowshoeing

Morris County, located 30 miles west of NYC, is home to some of America’s most important history and culture just waiting for you to explore. Start by walking in the footsteps of Revolutionary icons such as George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, then pick apples right off the tree at one of our verdant farms and end your day having a delicious dinner; discover how to make my weekend Morris County!
6 Court St. Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone: 973-631-5151
Leslie Bensley Photo of Jane Joe Executive Director at Morris County Tourism Bureau
6 Court St. Morristown, NJ 07960
973-631-5151 [email protected]