Clay Furnace Trail

MODERATE 30 reviews

Clay Furnace Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Morgantown, West Virginia 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.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
167 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

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12 days ago

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

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13 days 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.

2 months ago

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

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4 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!

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Nice wide trail and the furnace is really cool.

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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.

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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.

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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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Monday, January 02, 2017

Easy hike for some interesting history. I have done this hike in all seasons...I like fall and snow covered winter the best. Note: during winter months you may have to park at the outer parking area. You can get to the furnace by walking down the paved road that leads to the parking area for the clay furnace trail, or you can take the off road advanced ski trail, which will lead you right to the furnace.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

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.

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