Fitchburg Furnace Interpretive Site

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The historic Fitchburg Furnace was constructed in 1868 and operated at the peak of the iron industry. It was the last charcoal iron smelting furnace built in America. Standing 81 feet tall, the furnace is considered the largest charcoal furnace in the world. Its intricate architectural design places it among the top 25 dry-stone masonry structures worldwide.

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The furnace is located on Cumberland Ranger District of the Daniel Boone National Forest.

A furnace stabilization and research project was completed in 2010. Learn more about iron furnaces.

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Picnic tables
Fees None
Open Season: Open All Year
Closest Towns: Stanton
Water: None
Restroom: None
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Cumberland Ranger District
2375 KY 801 South
Morehead, KY 40351 606-784-6428

General Information


From Stanton:
Take KY 213 south about 13 miles; turn left on KY 52E and go about 3 miles; turn left on KY 1182 (Cobhill Road). Take an immediate left on KY 975 (Fitchburg Road). Continue on KY 975 about 3 miles. The furnace is on the left.

Note: The roads to Fitchburg Furnace are narrow and winding. 

From Richmond:
Take KY 52 east about 19 miles. In Ravenna, stay on Main Street/Miller Creek Road (KY 1571) for about 6 miles. Turn left on KY 52 and travel west about 1.5 miles. Turn right on KY 1182 (Cobhill Road); take an immediate left on KY 975 (Fitchburg Road). Continue on KY 975 about 3 miles. The furnace is on the left.


Parking is available at Fitchburg Furnace. 

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Picnic tables A few picnic tables are available.
Interpretive Site A kiosk and other interpretive signs are located at the site.