Tannehill Ironworks Loop
ElevationAscent: 520' 158 m
Descent: -519' -158 m
High: 568' 173 m
Low: 449' 137 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“A great hike with a perfect mix of history and nature.”— Kristen Arendt
From here, you'll turn onto the Iron Works Loop and hike part of the the old Iron Road (ca 1861) down which pig iron from the Tannehill Ironworks was hauled by eight-team mule wagons 18 miles to the railhead at Montevallo. There it was put on the cars of the Alabama & Tennessee Rivers Railroad headed for the Selma Arsenal.
You'll then connect to the Dam Trail. This section of the hike is scenic with soaring overlooks of Mud Creek, this trail is at times very narrow and not well-defined. You'll make your through pine trees only shoulder width apart at times, and have a few short but steep descents or ascents. Rain can make some the steeper sections quite slippery and even with good shoes it is advisable to grip the close-by trees for extra stability.
The sound of running water from Mud Creek adds a cathartic element to this hike, and you'll find yourself at a picturesque little waterfall near the trail's midpoint.
From the Dam Trail, hop onto short sections of the Iron Runner Trail, Tri-County Trail, and Pig Iron Trail (you may want to use the Hiking Project mobile app for this section to make sure you stay on trail) before connecting back to the Furnace Quarry Trail to return to the trailhead.
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