Raven Cliff Furnace

Marion, Virginia 24354

Raven Cliff Furnace

Raven Cliff Furnace Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This two-part walk combines the natural beauty of Virginia’s highlands with its primitive industrial past. The setting is majestic Raven Cliff, rising high in the clear Cripple Creek valley of the Jefferson National Forest. Enjoy two short trails from a nice picnic area and campground.

Walk up pretty Cripple Creek on the Raven Cliff Furnace Trail, then reach a still-intact iron ore smelter. Backtrack to the trailhead, and join the Raven Cliff Trail. Walk an old railroad grade, gaining more stream views and passing through a blasted bluff. Finally, descend to Cripple Creek and a ford. You’ll find the area appealing. Consider incorporating other activities into the hike, such as picnicking, fishing, swimming, or camping."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5-2 hours
Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Route 1, Box 303, Marion, VA 24354; (276) 783-5196; www.fs.usda.gov/gwj
Local Contacts
National Geographic Mount Rogers; USGS Cripple Creek
Local Maps