Listed on the Tennessee Iron Furnace Trail, the Bear Spring Iron Furnace is one of the best-kept furnaces along the trail. This towering rock structure was originally built in 1830 and was the first charcoal cold-blast furnace in the area. In 1850, the 110 person workforce at the furnace produced over 2000 tons of metal. Operations discontinued in 1854. The stack was destroyed in1862 by Union troops, and the current furnace was re-constructed in1873 when the rail line operated on the current highway. In 1928, the furnace closed.
About this Establishment
Note that there is not a pull in at the furnace. The volunteer fire department is just a few yards away; park and walk over to the furnace.
Time Period Represented
Open during daylight hours
No visitor fees
Open year-round. Open air.
Price Style for this Establishment
ADA Accessibility Notes
Pet Friendly Notes
Dogs on a leash are welcome, but please pick up after your pet.
How to Get There
From Nashville, TN - Approximately one hour and a half
Take I-24 W to TN-13 S/TN-48 S/Cumberland Dr in Clarksville
49 min (48.5 mi)
Take TN-149 W and TN-233 S/Cumberland City Rd to TN-49 W in Stewart County
39 min (31.5 mi)
See a couple of quonset huts on the right. The furnace will come up on the left almost immediately on the left.
From Memphis, TN - Approximately 3 hours
Follow I-40 and US-70 E to Paris St in Huntingdon
1 h 55 min (120 mi)
Get on US-79 N/Highland Dr in McKenzie from TN-22 N
9 min (9.1 mi)
Merge onto US-79 N/Highland Dr
Continue to follow US-79 N
Pass by McDonald's (on the right in 42.8 mi)
52 min (45.9 mi)
Turn right onto TN-49 E/Spring St
Continue to follow TN-49 E
Destination will be on the right as you leave Bear Springs. Go just past the furnace and park in the volunteer fire department lot. It's just a few yards past the furnace.