Forge Pond Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Abundant waterfowl, shore birds, wading birds, marsh birds, and freshwater wetlands can be found here. Forty-five acres are yours to enjoy in the midst of this bustling city. The serene pond area is historically where the Lenni-Lenape met and performed their ceremonial rituals up until the mid-1700s, when European settlers drove those who remained inland or to reservations. Early in the nineteenth century, a dam was built across the Metedeconk River and a forge erected on the pond to harvest and process bog ore from the marshes. Most of the ore was used to make water pipes. The dam broke in 1847, destroying the forge and surrounding homes. Forge Pond itself is the only thing that remains today of that era."