Wawayanda State Park
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Two months ago I hiked the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey to Wawayanda Mountain (see here). A surprisingly steep trail, that takes the hiker about 280 meters (918 feet) up to a plateau. On this plateau one can find the Wawayanda State Park, a 13900 ha (34350 acre) wide New Jersey state park.
Wawayanda State park comprises a lot of variety! Mountains, hills, lakes, swamps, jungle like habitat, and history. The latter is connected to its industrial past. The park used to house a major part of New Jersey's Iron industry. The Ames brothers ran an iron furnace next to Lake Wawayanda. At that time there was even a little village housing the furnace's workers dwellings, a blacksmith, a grist mill, barns, a bunk house, and many more, up to 30 structures.
All that remains nowadays is the heavily deteriorated furnace, the road to the furnace and some remaining water channels from the lake to the furnace site.
In the past several roads crossed the park. Some of them used for the provision of the ore and cokes, and removal of the iron and slug. My today's hike used parts of these old roads. At some points the road is in such a good condition that my Mazda could easily ride on it, other sections, however, would be a huge challenge for a 4WD. That is maybe why I, in the middle of a heavily wooded area, all of a sudden encountered the wreckage of an old car. It must have been a beauty in the past. Now not more than a well shaped pile of rust.
More pictures below!