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.
dogs on leash
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.
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.
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.