Ironton Rail-Trail

9.20 Miles

Trail Description

This corridor was originally home to the Ironton Railroad, which began operating in 1860 transporting first iron ore, and later cement from local mills. The railroad was abandoned in 1984. The trail is a six-mile loop with a three-mile spur. Picking up a paved section of the loop at Hokendauqua Park, you will pass through woods and along a creek before turning north. The trail runs past the Thomas Iron Works Property, then changes to a dirt surface. At Saylor Park in Coplay, the paved surface resumes. With its two rows of old cement kilns, the last standing in the United States, Saylor Park is a must-see. About two miles past the park the loop intersects with the crushed stone spur, which passes scenic Whitehall Parkway and its ruins of old cement industry buildings. The rest of the loop goes through woods and neighborhoods.

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