Pine Swamp Mine Professional Review and Guide
"Within the last three centuries, more than twenty iron mines were opened and worked in the Hudson Highlands and the area now known as Bear Mountain and Harriman State Parks. The iron they produced was shipped to England during the early 1700s to be turned into tools, nails, cooking utensils, and other common articles. In this period of taxation without representation, duties were collected on both trips. King George III’s iron manufacturing policy (along with his stamp and tea taxes, of course) was highly unpopular with the colonists, eventually leading to the Revolutionary War. Today, the open mine shafts and mammoth pits are fascinating to visit. Pine Swamp Mine, your goal on this trip, is the largest remaining mine with a slanting chamber that is open for exploration. The mine workers had homes nearby that they were forced to abandon when the mines closed; some foundations are still apparent along the Dunning Trail. The occasional apple tree or lilac bush is a living reminder of the families who once inhabited the area. This loop hike is well suited for inexperienced hiking families or for folks whose desire for an unusual adventure surpasses their endurance levels."