Leeds Creek Kiln Trail #31035

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 
Leeds Creek Kiln 

The Leeds Creek Kiln was built about 1885, restored by locals in the mid-1990s and is in fairly good condition, it represents a unique piece of Southern Utah history.

The kiln supported the mining operations for the Silver Reef Mining Area and was used to make charcoal from the surrounding oak and juniper forest. Loggers worked the nearby slopes of the Pine Valley Mountains to provide pinyon pine and scrub oak to fill the kiln. The wood was set on fire and allowed to smolder until the logs became charcoal. Teamsters would then unload the charcoal logs through the main entryway onto wagons and haul the logs to the smelter at Silver Reef. 

 

Birds eye view of the trail and Kiln in 360 degrees.

 

Printable Trail Map

 

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At a Glance

Restrictions: Pets are allowed in all national forests, but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times while in developed recreation areas and on interpretive trails. Most other areas within the National Forests do not require dogs to be on a leash, but they should be under control at all times.
Water: No potable water supply
Restroom: No restrooms
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Interagency Visitor Center
(435) 688-3246

General Information

Directions:

From St George - Head north on I-15 and take exit 22 toward Leeds/Silver Reef. Head north on Main Street for approximately 1.5 miles and turn left on Silver Reef Road. Continue for approximately 1.2 miles and the road turns into Oak Grove Road. Keep heading toward the hills and you will cross the bridge into Dixie National Forest. Turn right on FR 032 (dirt road) and continue for approximately 1.5 miles. Turn right at the fork in the road toward Oak Grove. Follow for 1.1 miles and park in the parking lot on the right.

From Cedar City - Head south on I-15 and take Exit 23 (Leeds/Silver Reef) and then turn right/west onto Silver Reef Road continue for approximately 1.2 miles and the road turns into Oak Grove Road. Keep heading toward the hills and you will cross the bridge into Dixie National Forest. Turn right on FR 032 (dirt road) and continue for approximately 1.5 miles. Turn right at the fork in the road toward Oak Grove. Follow for 1.1 miles and park in the parking lot on the right.


General Notes:

This historical educational trail is a great activity for families. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy an afternoon of exploration, education and history.


Recreation Map

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Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Hiking

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Day Hiking

An easy half-mile trail winds through terrain featuring a variety of plants, shrubs and trees, including Gambel oak, juniper, sagebrush, manzanita, cactus, live oak, cottonwood trees and many others. 


Nature Viewing

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