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    Coal Creek Trail

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    8.5 km
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    172 m
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    Coal Creek Trail is an 8.5 km easy hiking trail in the Coal Creek Natural Area that is suitable for all skill levels. This hike explores the history of coal mining in the region, showing you artifacts from the mining days and allowing you to check out an old mine shaft. This is a fun choice for families with young children and history buffs.

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    Route Description for Coal Creek Trail

    Coal Creek Trail is a fun historical hike that educates adventurers on the coal mining history of the region. Check out the information kiosks, look at old artifacts, and snap photos of the abandoned mine shaft. This is a fun hike for kids!

    Begin from the trailhead off the road. If you parked at Red Town, be careful crossing the street as there is no pedestrian crosswalk. You’ll take the obvious path towards Coal Creek. Check out the interpretive signs as you walk, then look for the sealed mine shaft to your left when North Fork Falls are on your right.

    Continue along the creek. Further on, the route curves away from the water. You’ll stay left at the junction with Primrose Trail. When the vertical section of the trail intersects, go right for just a couple of steps before taking the westbound trail again on your left.

    At the next junction, go right. You’ll get closer to the creek once more and follow it for the rest of the trail. There are a few more junctions, but you’ll stay straight on your path through all of them. At Coal Creek Parkway, turn around and retrace your steps.

    Getting to the Coal Creek Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for Coal Creek Trail is off Lakemont Blvd SE near Coal Creek. Using the Red Town parking lot is recommended.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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