These Mines Hiding Deep Below New Jersey Are Like A Whole New Underground World

New Jersey has a rich mining history and abandoned mines are still hidden below the surface of our state… Schuyler Copper Mine in North Arlington dates back to 1715 and was one of the first copper mines in the United States. The Hibernia Iron Mines span over two miles in and around Rockaway, New Jersey and once served as the largest bat hibernaculum in New Jersey, with as many 30,000 bats each winter. Sadly, White Nose Syndrome took a toll on the population. According to the NJDEP, the Garden State is home to nearly 90 abandoned mines. All are closed to the public, except…

Tours are held at 1 p.m. daily during the month of June; in July and August, 10 a.m. tours are also available. You can visit Sterling Hill Mining Museum at 30 Plant Street, Ogdensburg. For more amazing New Jersey day trips, check out this list.