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Ore Pit Loop Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

1.4 mile 2.3 kilometer loop
89% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 225' 69 m
Descent: -232' -71 m
High: 852' 260 m
Low: 702' 214 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)

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Trail shared by Ryan Spr

A 1.4-mile loop trail that winds up and down through woods past the iron ore pits dug in 1801.

Ryan Spr

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildlife

Runner Notes

Many roots and rocks (hidden under many oak leaves in the fall).

Description

The Ore Pit Loop Trail (red blaze) begins near the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The Ore Pit Loop Trail and the Montgomery Bell Trail merge at the north side of Jackson Hollow Creek for part of the loop.

The Ore Pit Loop recognized for the large pits—as well as scattered pieces of the timeworn Laurel Furnace built in 1815 by Robert Napier—seen on either side of the trail. In the early 1800s, iron ore was discovered here and men came to work digging for iron and clearing the forests for fuel. However, the onset of the Civil War halted to that industry and the forest reclaimed the land.

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#315

in Tennessee

#16,661

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Day Shelter along the Ore Pit Trail (and Montgomery Bell Trail).
Nov 22, 2016 near Burns, TN

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