Most of New Jersey’s 19th-century iron works, glass works, and other mill works were built in and around the Pinelands. The sandy soil, pristine aquifer, tremendous forests, and proximity to waterways made the Pine Barrens ideal for industry. That doesn’t mean, though, that the rest of the state was left out! One of New Jersey’s best-kept secrets, Long Pond Ironworks, sits way up north near the NJ-NY border and has been turned into a state park that’s perfect for a day trip.

You can learn more about Long Pond Ironworks before your trip, and you’ll get so much out of your visit by learning about the history ahead of time!

For more beautiful places worth exploring in the Garden State, read About This Unforgettable Road Trip To 6 Of New Jersey’s Least-Visited State Parks.

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