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Center Furnace in LBL

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Explored:  April 12, 2003 by Shawn Dunnaway

Hematite Lake was once home of a busy industrial community.  It's now home to a variety of recreational activities including the a wild life refuge, the nature station, and Center Furnace.  Center Furnace can easily be viewed from the road, but the trail provides insight to the logistics of managing and maintaining an iron furnace.

The furnace is only one of the many artifacts to be found at Hematite Lake.  The trail itself includes a cistern, and tools used at the facility.  Throughout the Hematite area, you'll notice blue rocks called slag, the bi-product of iron production.  Remember, these artifacts are for the enjoyment of all Kentucky Lake visitors and should not be taken from the park. 

If you enjoy scenic trails, and historical adventures, you should definitely check out the Center Furnace Trail on Silver Trail Rd. near Hematite Lake

Photo by Libby Mundy

This male eastern bluebird is looking for an insect to munch on. Easily spotted by binoculars, the males are bluer than the females which are mostly grey in color.