Ball Mountain and Roomy Mine

Wanaque, New Jersey

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Starting at the New Jersey Audubon Society’s Weis Ecology Center, this Highlands ramble gives you a sample of the Wanaque Mountains’ scenery and history. The center’s exhibits will whet your appetite for the trail ahead, which includes fine views from Ball Mountain and a visit to two of New Jersey’s most interesting old iron mines, the historic Roomy and Blue Mines. The New Jersey Audubon’s Weis Ecology Center, our starting point, is worth a visit and has an interesting history. It started in 1921 as Camp Midvale, operated by the Nature Friends (originally Naturfreunde, of German origin). This politically liberal, social democratic organization provided working-class members with access to the outdoors. It attracted a variety of leftist artists, actors, and other notables over the years.

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"Starting at the New Jersey Audubon Society’s Weis Ecology Center, this Highlands ramble gives you a sample of the Wanaque Mountains’ scenery and history. The center’s exhibits will whet your appetite for the trail ahead, which includes fine views from Ball Mountain and a visit to two of New Jersey’s most interesting old iron mines, the historic Roomy and Blue Mines.

The New Jersey Audubon’s Weis Ecology Center, our starting
point, is worth a visit and has an interesting history. It started in 1921 as Camp Midvale, operated by the Nature Friends (originally Naturfreunde, of German origin). This politically liberal, social democratic organization provided working-class members with access to the outdoors. It attracted a variety of leftist artists, actors, and other notables over the years."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wanaque
Distance: 4.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Spring through Fall
Local Contacts: Norvin Green State Forest
Local Maps: DeLorme New Jersey Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Ball Mountain and Roomy Mine

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May 2018