Deep Hollow Campground

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After reading this thread, I decided to go and check out Deep Hollow, the campground that the State abandoned in the 1970's.

I took 72 to Four Mile Road, and then made a right on Upper Mill Rd. The road into the former camp site is before the bend in Upper Mill Rd. The pavement is in rough shape - in some spots it's completely gone, with puddles spanning the width of the road.

Sadly, the area is full of trash. I imagine it's a very convenient place for folks in Presidential Lakes to dump in.



You can see where most of the campsites were. Only trash stays there now.


A tree trunk graveyard.


Hammond Organ

You can see where the parking lot was:


I didn't find any evidence of the large wooden pavilion, but I did find a number of small ruins in the woods along the "lake."







And the lake itself. Anybody care for a swim?



Rest of the pics here...
 
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It is really a damn shame how some people like to litter in the pines, anything from A to Z, me and Wolfspider went to various places today and we couldn't believe some of the stuff we saw, the Speedwell area was clean though.

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It makes me sick why someone wouldn't take thier trash to the dump, and decide to take it into a state owned forest to dump it instead, and worse, dump on or near something with a historical value. Other then that it was a great day to be out :D
 

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Ben, if my memory serves me well, the floor of the pavilion was level and either flagstone or concrete. I'll bet someone in Presidential lakes has a photo. The pavilion was on the northeast side, right on the top of the hill leading down in to the lake.
 

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That is why I rarely explore on that side of 70. Just a mess!


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Great pics! Shame people see an abandoned area as a convienient place to disposed of unwanted items :(
good find on the brochure! :D and the brochure kinda answers a question from the thread I started - it looks like Norlemon was a town in 1961 - maybe....

a cleanup sounds like a good idea to me :)
 

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There's enough trash there that you'd need to get a dumpster dropped off, or make some sort of arrangements with the rangers at Byrne to drop the stuff off somewhere.
 

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Shame people see an abandoned area as a convienient place to disposed of unwanted items
It's been awhile since I was at the Deep Hollow area but the trash is a problem all over the pines. I was out to the Harrisville/Martha area on Saturday. Soda cans, beer cans, food wrappers, tires, etc... I usually pick up stuff, but I could spend every hike cleaning up and never get to actually walk. My last trip to Chatsworth to fish, I picked up trash already bagged that someone had left piled up. It's frustrating. Sorry for the vent.

Greg
 

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After reading this thread, I decided to go and check out Deep Hollow, the campground that the State abandoned in the 1970's.

I took 72 to Four Mile Road, and then made a right on Upper Mill Rd. The road into the former camp site is before the bend in Upper Mill Rd. The pavement is in rough shape - in some spots it's completely gone, with puddles spanning the width of the road.

Sadly, the area is full of trash. I imagine it's a very convenient place for folks in Presidential Lakes to dump in.



You can see where most of the campsites were. Only trash stays there now.


A tree trunk graveyard.


Hammond Organ

You can see where the parking lot was:


I didn't find any evidence of the large wooden pavilion, but I did find a number of small ruins in the woods along the "lake."







And the lake itself. Anybody care for a swim?



Rest of the pics here...
I was just here today but I can’t view your pictures. It says 404 not found. Can you repost?
 

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Actually, the whole photo gallery was removed, then replaced with a different one, and (IIRC) this happened a couple times. So the old photo links are all broken and long gone. Same for all the old links to topozone and terraserver maps . :)

I'd suggest you send a personal message to Ben if you are really interested in these. You can do this by passing your mouse over his username to the left of his post. A little window should appear where you can click the button "Start conversation".
 

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As Boyd said, the image gallery is long gone, but I still have my pictures from that day - 11/25/2007. It's crazy to think how long ago that was. Anyway click any of the pictures to see a bigger version.

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What remains of the lake.

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Ruins

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The organ

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"Tree Trunk Graveyard"

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More Ruins

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A concrete pad

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Former campsite turned dumping area.
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Ben Ruset

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Nice little shot of England or Scotland in there Ben.
Good eye. That was the ruins of the Roman Temple of Mithras up by Hadrian's Wall that I took when I was there last October. I had exported that picture earlier and it got lumped in with the ones I uploaded to this post.

It's amazing to see how much better 1800 year old ruins In England do than our 200 year old ruins in the Pine Barrens.
 
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