Hop on the Mine Train - We're giving away 4 tickets!

Join a beautiful ride along the Delaware River to the Susquehanna Mining Company

By Jessica Kline, Publisher + Editor Macaroni Kid Clifton-Montclair May 10, 2024

A beautiful ride along the Delaware River to the Susquehanna Mining Company in Phillipsburg, New Jersey

  • May 4th to October 27th
  • 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm
  • $8.00 add-on ticket to The River Train
  • Book your ticket now!

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The Mine Train

For the Mine Train, you will board the River Train and debark at "Snyders" station. This is the site of The Susquehanna Mining Company as well as our Corn Maze. You will have two hours on site. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch as we have a beautiful picnic area under the pine trees. Light snacks and drinks are available in the gift shop.

At The Mine, you will learn the hilarious and tragic history of the mine. One lucky miner will push the plunger and blow the mine! After the short tour, each Miner will be presented with a basic bag of mining "rough". We will teach you to pan for real gemstones you can take home! On-site, we also have the mine store with a great selection of gifts and minerals.

Placer Mining

The Susquehanna Mining Company is a Placer Mine. Placer mining (/ˈplæsər/)[1] is the mining of stream bed (alluvial) deposits for minerals. This may be done by open-pit (also called open-cast mining) or by various surface excavating equipment or tunneling equipment. Placer mining is frequently used for precious metal deposits (particularly gold) and gemstones, both of which are often found in alluvial deposits—deposits of sand and gravel in modern or ancient stream beds, or occasionally glacial deposits. The metal or gemstones, having been moved by stream flow from a source such as a vein, are typically only a minuscule portion of the total deposit. Since gems and heavy metals like gold are considerably denser than sand, they tend to accumulate at the base of placer deposits. Placer deposits can be as young as a few years old, such as the Canadian Queen Charlotte beach gold placer deposits, or billions of years old like the Elliot Lake uranium paleoplacer within the Huronian Supergroup in Canada. The containing material in an alluvial placer mine may be too loose to safely mine by tunneling, though it is possible where the ground is permanently frozen. Where water under pressure is available, it may be used to mine, move, and separate the precious material from the deposit, a method known as hydraulic mining, hydraulic sluicing, or hydraulicking.

The Picnic Area 

Feel free to make the most of your stay. You will be on site for one and a half hours so there is plenty of time for a nice picnic! We have a beautiful picnic grove under 3 gigantic pine trees just adjacent to the mining activity and Mine Store gift shop

For Your Entertainment

You will be at the mine site for almost 2 hours. Don't worry there is plenty to do. You can buy specialty and upgraded bags of mine rough ( ore) and pan for rubies and gems. You will be amazed at what you find!

Crack a Geode! We have geodes for sale from small to extra large. We will show you how to crack them yourself to see the amazing crystals inside.

We have GIANT checkers, Teather Balls, Horseshoes, and Corn Hole boards for you to use, all free of charge. Our on-site gift shop has snacks and sodas, but, we suggest bringing a picnic lunch as there is a beautiful picnic grove at the Mine. Come spend a relaxing and fun afternoon in the country! 

Susquehanna Mining Company Store - Gift Shop

Also at the store, you may buy additional bags of mining "rough. We have upgraded  Gem Bags, Fossil Bags as well as our famous "Mother Load"(10 pounds) and "Mega Strike" (20 pounds) bags!     

Book your tickets now!