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Near Hematite Lake is the Center Furnace trail, an easy 0.3-mile walk which takes about 20 minutes to complete. It offers visitors a historical view of the community 100 years ago as well as remnants from the large iron furnace which was used prior to the Civil War.
For history lovers, the Fort Henry National Recreation trail is a moderate 26 miles in the southwest of LBL. The trail is said to follow closely General Ulysses Grant's movements from Fort Henry to Fort Donelson during the Civil War.