Center Furnace Trail is a 0.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cadiz, Kentucky that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length0.3 miElevation gain29 ftRoute typeLoop
kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningDog friendlyForestWildlifeHistoric site
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This loop mostly about the history surrounding the Hematite, Kentucky iron furnace that was founded on this site in 1852 and continued to operate until 1917. In addition to the brick ruins of the iron furnace’s stack, there is a replica of the rustic charcoal hearth that produced the fuel to fire the furnace. These types of hearths were common through Land Between the Lakes in the mid-1800’s (and greatly damaged the soil). Not far from the site of the General Store, there is a giant 150-year-old white oak (called the “Wolf Tree”) that was 20 years old when the town of Hematite was founded. This loop should be suitable for people of all ages and fitness labels.

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Jim Ferguson
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Solamen Silva
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There’s not much of a hike here; this loop mostly about the history surrounding the Hematite, Kentucky iron furnace that was founded on this site in 1852 and continued to operate until 1917. In addition to the brick ruins of the iron furnace’s stack, there is a replica of the rustic charcoal hearth that produced the fuel to fire the furnace. Apparently these types of hearths were common through Land Between the Lakes in the mid-1800’s (and greatly damaged the soil). Not far from the site of the General Store, there is a giant 150-year-old white oak (called the “Wolf Tree”) that was 20 years old when the town of Hematite was founded. Unless you’re a history buff, there is not much of a hike here. If that’s your thing, this loop should be suitable for people of all ages and fitness labels. This trail is acceptable for those with moderate accessibility concerns.

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Jason Reiling
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Cool short historical trail an old iron ore processing area.

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Holli Morrow
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Short but informative.

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Jacob-Amanda Miller
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Nice short walk with lots of interesting historic facts

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Leah Geiger
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Very educational. Highly suggest starting the loop by walking to the right first and looping around.

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Robin Webster
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Closed due to COVID 19. Looked like it would have been an amazing hike.

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Jacob Marcek
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fantastic educational trail and cool artifacts!

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Doug Neidholdt
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Trail has nice historical markers pertaining to smelting iron. Best hiked counterclockwise

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Maryann Muniz
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Jess Naber
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Renee Luedke
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Jacob Mackey
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Jennifer Oakley
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Aaron Harper
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Darian Cameron
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