Mount Hope Historical Park

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

Mining at Mount Hope began as early as 1710, making it one of the oldest mining areas in Colonial America. For the next 270 years, mines at Mount Hope, and throughout Rockaway Township, were worked almost continuously, with the last mine operating until 1978. In the northeastern section of Mount Hope Historical Park are the remains of mines representative of the county’s earliest commercial iron mining. Remains of 20th century iron mining can be found in the southwestern section of the park.  The rocky landscape of the Park reflects the industrial heritage of the site. Morris County once had vast reserves of high-quality iron ore that was mined from deep, large caverns. The large, deep depressions seen throughout the Park are called subsidence pits. They are the visible remains of the shafts, adits, and slopes that yield what the Native American residents called Succasunny or Black Stone-magnetite iron ore.

Of Special Note:

  • Three separate veins of ore were mined here: Teabo, Allen, and Richard mines
  • Hike or snowshoe along 480-acres of the park but stay on the marked trails
  • Sign up for a guided tour of the mining remains

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