Come explore the Pyrite mine ruins!
..and catch some terrific waterfalls, wildlife, and a good hike.
Not for hiking? Put on the... more » bathing suite and bring an innertube and float away on the river (nice and slow).
The trail is approximately 8 miles, it is rated moderate for the length.
The trail starts out with small steep sections, and plenty of bridged water crossings. The trail gets muddy after rains, so bring a hiking stick as necessary, and bug spray. Most of the hike is along a river or stream.
Along the Pyrite mine section of the trail, you can see and explore ruins with interpretive signs.
At the Pyrite mine overlook boardwalk, you can take the GPS route (for extra exploring and more views to an actual mine piling and overlook) or stay on the boardwalk until you meetup with the GPS data detour at the next bridge. The GPS data detour crosses the stream (possible to get a little wet) and goes along the area where the strip mine was, now a marshy area. There is a broken trail there that takes you to the mine piling on a hill where you can get a great panorama photo of the entire mine location. There is no danger from ruins or artifacts here, its all open fields and grassy areas.
Meeting up with the next bridge, we find the majority of the ruins to explore.
The next leg takes us up along the river for the prime wildlife viewing spot, with an everyday deertrail running through. To the right we have plenty of unique waterfalls.
Turning back towards the forest, we hike through beaver areas where small tributaries have formed.
Going back along the trail to our starting point, we have unique water views and general trail flatness.
This hike is one of the best and most well-rounded in the area... something for everyone.
Pack a lunch and have it on the rocks by the waterfalls (approximately halfway).
Do NOT take any artifacts, I found an old shard of a plate in the ruins areas past the bridge. less «