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Coal Creek Trail

A short hike through the woods while exploring the area's coal mining history.
Rating: 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.8 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview:  This is an easy hike that will lead you through a historical coal mining region. While the towns are gone you will still be able to... more »

Tips:  How to get here:
From I-90 East take Exit 13 and make a right at the stop sign. Continue to follow Lakemont Blvd SE and the Red Town ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Coal Creek Trail Marker

If you parked at the Red Town parking lot, this is the start to the Coal Creek Trail. Use caution when crossing the road to get here as there is no crosswalk and traffic is coming around a blind corner.

2. Sealed Mine Shaft

This is a coal mining shaft; you can still smell the coal and burnt cinders when standing next to it. Across from the mine shaft is a kiosk that will provide you with some history about the area.

3. North Fork Falls

The North Forks Falls are a pleasant surprise to see. They are not particularly large but are amazing to watch, especially when it has been raining heavily for a few days prior to your hike.

4. Trail in Early October

In my opinion one of the best times to visit the park is in early fall. The rain usually brings more water to the area which makes for a better viewing of the streams and waterfalls. Additionally, you can watch the leaves change color and enjoy the great smell of fall in the air.

5. Primrose Trail Marker 1

Primrose Trailmarker 1

6. Wild Berries

There are many places to gather wild berries on this trail. Mainly blackberries, which can be found towards the middle of the trail. The best time to come gather berries is in late Summer.

7. YMCA Trail Access

This short offshoot to the trail will bring you into the Coal Creek YMCA parking lot. Parking is for YMCA members only but if water is needed they have always been helpful.

8. Wooden Bench

Near the middle of the trail there is a large bench to rest in the shade. The bench may be a welcoming site coming from the West as it is a steep incline offering little rest. It is advised to rest here if needed as this is only bench heading further West.

9. Primrose Trail Marker 2

Depending on which end of the park you started on, this would be the start or end of the Primrose Trail. The trail is a short .8 miles but it offers some of the best sights in the park.

10. Forest Drive Trail Marker

The beginning to the Forest Drive Trailhead. If you are looking to extend your hike this trail can add up to 5 miles of forested trail that will wind through the local neighborhoods.

11. Wooden Bridge

This is one of the many new bridges that have been added to the Coal Creek Trail. Nearly all bridges on the trail have been redone, not only do they serve a function for crossing the creek but also add to the beauty of the surroundings.

12. Fish Ladder

Here you can watch salmon spawn upstream. The best time to view salmon spawning is in late August to early July. Although, I have not witnessed and spawning in this area in 2010.