Explore the most popular Dogs On Leash trails in Coopers Rock 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Definitely a fun little hike with nice views

Neat, Historic

Very pretty area, good for a quick hike. Raven’s Rock was my favorite trail (That’s where everyone gets those cool pictures)

Really enjoyed this trail!

Nice trail. Just remember what goes down must come back up but the history at the bottom made it worthy of the climb back up.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy and Historic! A really nice trail. Very rocky

hiking
7 months ago

on Clay Furnace Trail

hiking
7 months ago

Good trail, easy to follow. The furnace is cool and you can go inside it.

on Clay Furnace Trail

hiking
7 months ago

The furnace itself is a cool thing to see. The trail is mostly downhill on the way to the furnace and, of course, uphill on the way back. It's a nice work out and is near a stream. This trail also intersects with other trails so you change things up if you so desire.

Great hike. Definitely watch for rattlesnakes in the open part of the clay run trail

Went on the hike yesterday morning, and the temperature was perfect. We took the North Mont Chateau trail and veered off into some other trails, and at the end clocked in at about 11.5 miles (with 175 floors climbed)! The hike is marked well and has some great views. Walking in between some of the massive rocks, seeing the Iron Furnace and seeing the mini-beach at Cheat Lake were some of the biggest highlights. The overlook of Coopers Rock is amazing but was extremely crowded. If you come during early morning, you may have a better experience. Overall great hike, definitely worth the 5 hours for me. Check out some of my photos. Sitting down afterwards was great haha

I had a day off and decided to hike this trail, since all the reviews said the trail was marked and easily followed I knew it would be a great hike. Unfortunately, it's not marked all that great and I ended up taking wrong turn that resulted in 1.5 miles out and back to get back onto the trail turning my 5 mile hike into 8.
I used the app the rest of the trail until i happened upon the end of it which wasn't well marked at all and eventually I just followed the road. Everything was beautiful, and had this been at my peak fitness a couple years ago I wouldn't have felt like I was going to die. I'd recommend using the app to guide you if you're going to follow this trail as it is actually a loop around several connecting trails. If you do that, you'll likely have a much better experience than I. Happy Trails!

Furnace trail is great. Plus it intersects with so many other awesome trails. The Clay Furnace is pretty interesting too.

Trail starts great down through huge boulders. Declines down into a valley with a beautiful creek and the clay furnace. The second half of the trail is pretty open without a lot of great scenery.

hiking
11 months ago

We came on a cold Sunday and this was a very nice, short walk. We actually continued on the Mont Chateau Trail all the way to Cheat Lake. Both Mont Chateau North and South are very rocky, much like a stream bed. We found the North trail to be harder to traverse. Definitely worth the Sunday trip!

rock climbing
Sunday, March 04, 2018

A fun little hike, especially if you enjoy bouldering. The trail is pretty flat, but the “rock city” is enchanting and provides some fun climbing, so bring your shoes and a crash pad! We went in the late fall and saw only a few other hikers.

hiking
Thursday, October 19, 2017

This was a fun, short trail! Was the only person on the trail today! Clearly marked, well-maintained!

Great views

hiking
Thursday, October 05, 2017

This is a great hike! The trail begins at a parking area across from the campground entrance. You follow the trail around a pond and then begin a long descent into the valley. You come to a large, incredible clay furnace at the end of the trail. There are several trails you can choose from to make your way out of the valley. The Mont Chateau Trail, Rhododendron Trail, Clay Furnace Trail, and Clay Run Trail are all accessible and well-marked from the clay furnace. We decided to take Rhododendron Trail and jump over to Rock City Trail before taking the roadside trail back to our vehicle.

hiking
Thursday, October 05, 2017

Fun, easy walk through the rocks. Would like to go back and take my time to enjoy the formations. It was pretty busy when I was there, so I would like to go back during a weekday to enjoy the trail in solitude.

hiking
Monday, July 31, 2017

Nice wide trail and the furnace is really cool.

hiking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

The recommended route is good - except the final stretch on the clay trail is open to the sun and is a flat fire road - probably could have taken a different course. Highly recommend deviating at the beginning and starting on rattlesnake trail and then cutting over along the giant boulders. Very beautiful.

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Good hike on a beautiful day. The rock city trail will test your feet but still a good loop. Be sure to check out Ravens Rock.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Beautiful! Peaceful and enjoyable for the entire family!

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Beautiful! Peaceful and enjoyable for the entire family!

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Really had a good time on this trail when we went. The furnace was really cool and we even found some geocaches!

Monday, May 29, 2017

I took my 5 year old and 2 year old. They did great and my 5 year old says he "liked the clay furnace." Will do this one more.

hiking
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Hiked with my wife a few years ago ... nice trail ... and pleasant scenery as so many of the Cooper's Rock trails are.

hiking
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

This is a well marked great trail that will give a hiker lots of varying terrain and plenty of large fissures to explore within the boulders. The snow gave us a layer of difficulty that was not expected but added beauty to one's senses.

hiking
Saturday, April 08, 2017

This was a nice trail that was easy walk overall. The interpretative signs added a unique history of the Henry Clay Iron Furnace. The sounds of streams babbling around the area was an added feature. Would have liked to have hiked to Cheat Lake from the furnace point but was not prepared for a rigorous hike late in the day.

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