Clay Furnace Trail

MODERATE 7 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.

1.1 miles
216 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



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.

26 days ago

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

27 days ago

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.

1 month ago

1 month ago

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

2 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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.