Of the 5+ trails in Tannehill Historic State Park, the Montevallo Road trail is probably the most significant to the history of the park. The road bed along which the trail follows was used to transport materials to and from the furnace.
The trail has moderate grades and transverses through the pine forests which are prevalent in the region. The trail intersects the Tri County Trail about a 1/2 mile from the head. The trailhead is located across the creek from the furnace and blower building. A large sign denotes the start of the trail and is adjacent to a wooded lecture area.
If you’re looking for breath taking views or rock formations; this is not the trial for you. Though the trail does pass near a tributary of Mud Creek, though there are few rapids within this section. The trail will, however, give you a nice walk though the forest and take you away from the main park. The trail is rocky and can be quite muddy following a good rain. At the end of the 1.8 miles you will come to the Slave Cemetery. It is a short walk off the main trail to the northwest. If you want to continue to the trade day area, turn right onto the Old Bucksville Stage Road trail and continue for 1 mile. Before starting your hike, be sure to pick up a trail guide at the park office so you can identify the numbered markers along the path.
The trail starts across the stream from the iron works brickwork. The best parking is near the craft cabins.