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Ore Pit Loop Trail

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 3.8 (4)

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


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1.4

Miles

2.3

KM

Loop

852' 260 m

High

702' 214 m

Low

225' 69 m

Up

232' 71 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildlife

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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Ryan Spr

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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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Mar 15, 2018
Eric Merkle
Sep 29, 2017
Missy Edwards
Energetic hike lots of wildlife!!!
Nov 12, 2016
Ryan Spr
w/ Nicole 1.1mi