Clay Furnace Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Morgantown, WV that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This trail goes to the Henry Clay Furnace, a pig iron furnace that was in operation from 1845 to 1865, and then sporadically after that until 1889. The furnace is a large, dramatic pyramid shape, and you can peek inside (but don't enter!). The forest is really beautiful. The trail is quite steep for the first tenth of a mile or so, then proceeds gently downhill after that. The surface is quite rocky, almost like a stream without water. The return walk is steep, especially at the end.
Short out-and-back hike through a beautiful forest strewn with large boulders. The furnace is huge and interesting to contemplate -- make sure to read the sign next to the furnace.