The return to Norvin Green State Forest

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Norvin Green State Forest is, for some reason, fascinating me. Including today I have already visited it three times. The previous two times (Osio Rock in January and more recent Carris Hill). Both hikes were started from the southern approach at Otter Hole. The luxury problem about Norvin State Forest is that there are so many hiking trails that I felt I needed today's third session to have covered all.

Today's approach was from the north from the recently closed Weis Ecology Center. Despite the fact that the center is closed its parking lot is fortunately still open, as well as another particular feature, the Highlands Natural Pool.

Just in front of the Roomy Mine
This unique 1935 pool was carved out manually from the stone surface by a group of nature friends. The Olympic sized basin is fed by the water of the Blue Mine Brook so there is no need for chemicals, making it truly natural.

The main destination for today's hike was two abandoned mines, the Blue Mine and the Roomy Mine. These mines were two of the many iron mines that operated in this area in the 1830s-1840s. Especially the Blue mine was a huge success, it was re-opened several times. In 1905 the last mine in the area was closed. The Blue Mine is now flooded and thus not too spectacular. The Roomy Mine, however, is located at higher elevation and still dry. It is possible to enter the mine, according to several hike sites.

I made the tour carefully trying to hike the trails that I had not hiked before. And that took more time than I thought. I arrived at the two mines when the light started to wane. The entry of the Roomy mine was really muddy and a sign listed that it was closed. So I decided to not enter the site.

Still a nice day!

More pictures below!

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Hi Point
Hi Point
Just in front of the Roomy Mine
Just in front of the Roomy Mine
The Highlands Natural Pool
The Highlands Natural Pool
The brook that feeds the Highlands…
The brook that feeds the Highland…
The first snake spotted this year
The first snake spotted this year
Colorful
Colorful
To the summit of the hike
To the summit of the hike
View from Hi Point
View from Hi Point
The flooded Blue Mine
The flooded Blue Mine
GPS Profile (rendered by GPSVisual…
GPS Profile (rendered by GPSVisua…
GPS Height Profile
GPS Height Profile
Weis Ecology Center - Norvin State Forest - NJ
photo by: mdalamers