Explore the most popular trails in Vinton Furnace Experimental State Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

over grown
washed out
8 months ago

Pleasant, heavily forested trail with very few visitors aside the scientist residents...and maybe a few spectres, if you believe the legends. The old coke furnaces, covered in trees and flowers, are a beautiful site and worth a visit. Wear shoes that can handle both gravel and mud, as well as long pants as sections are a bit overgrown. I say this moments after brushing a tick off my pants. It is a pleasant out-and-back, however, with a lot of gorgeous butterflies and foliage. ....and spider webs... Getting to the trail head takes a drive down a long, winding gravel road, which is blocked off suddenly with a sign stating only foot traffic is allowed. A small gravel area nearby serves as a car park of sorts. A mile up the trail, tho, you get to the experimental forest residents' camp. I understand visitors are welcome but no, you can't drive in and park there. There are latrines, however, and a number of paths and trails.

Some up hills make for a strenuous hike. Most of the hike, however, is on gravel or unimproved road, so it won’t take too much pit of you. Bug spray is a must. Worth the effort to see the Coke Ovens.

My friend and I visited here on a cold and clear beautiful sunny March day, and had the place to ourselves. It was a very nice walk, not overly strenuous but there is something about coming upon man made structures left to rot in the middle of a forest that fascinates me every time. I give this hike five stars simply because of the interesting history at the end of the trail...and because there were no crowds!