408 MINE ROAD, ASBURY, NEW JERSEY 08802
Phone: 908-782-1158 * Fax: 908-806-4057
Jugtown Mine (circa. 1943)
(Courtesy of the Hunterdon County Democrat)
ABOUT JUGTOWN MOUNTAIN
This 262-acre nature preserve is located on the ridge of the Musconetcong Mountain near
West Portal. Jugtown traces its name to the
rock ledges where moonshiners hid their jugs
to avoid government authorities during
Prohibition. This site, known as Swayze Mine
after landowner William Swayze, was one of
the 41 known mines in the county in the 1800s, and one of the main producers of magnetite ore. Operating from 1868 until 1889 under the direction of the West End Iron Company, the
mine yielded 16,000 tons of ore a year and
employed 380 immigrant workers at its peak.
The deepest shaft had a depth of 75 feet and
was reached by a tramway. The mine was
briefly reopened for four years in 1939 by
West Portal Mines, Inc. They excavated an
estimated 253,000 tons of ore annually and
employed 250 men. Today, remnants of ore
dumps, rock pits, and concrete structure
foundations are still visible. The county
acquired the preserve in 2001.
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The forest canopy of Jugtown Mountain is dominated by red oaks and tulip trees. The acorns provide food for squirrels, turkeys, and
other wildlife. The understory consists of
sassafras trees and spicebush.
Vernal Pools exist throughout the park and
provide an important habitat for amphibians.
These pools are bodies of water that dry up
periodically. They provide a refuge for
amphibian larvae to develop to their adult form
without the predation of fish. Spotted
Salamanders and Wood Frogs are examples of
species identified within the preserve.
Stone walls and rocky terrain dot the landscape of the preserve. These areas provide shelter to
rodents as well as the snakes that prey on them. Jugtown provides a suitable habitat for snakes to
create hibernation dens for the winter season.
PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 408 MINE ROAD, ASBURY, NEW JERSEY 08802
Location: The Jugtown Mountain is located at 408 Mine Road, Asbury 08802 (Bethlehem Township). The park is open from sunrise to
sunset. There are no restroom facilities
Directions from the Clinton Area: Take Route 78 west to exit 11. Proceed on
Route 173 west for about 2 miles. Turn right
onto Mine Road. The entrance to the park is on
the left just beyond the Bethlehem Township
Directions from the Hampton Area: Take Route 635 (also known as Charlestown
Road) south to Mine Road. Turn right onto
Mine Road and proceed for about 2 1/2 miles.
The entrance to the park is on the right.
TRAIL AND GUIDE INFORMATION
Trail Guides are set up as foldable brochures. Please print and fold in half vertically to view in proper order. Additionally, you may have to rearrange pages. Maps should be printed on Legal Size Paper
Jugtown Mountain offers hiking opportunities of moderate difficulty. The main trail loops through the woods and along a rocky slope,
exposing scenic views of the mountains.
Visitors can also explore remnants of past
mining operations. Mountain biking and
horseback riding are not permitted here.
HUNTING: In order to control the deer population, hunting is allowed (by Parks Division permit only) in some sections of this park. Please wear blaze orange during hunting season or confine your visits to Sundays. See additional information on the Hunterdon County Park System's Controlled Hunting Program.