The Tannehill Tramway Trail is located inside Tannehill Park, a day-use historic park that is open 365 days a year to those who pay the small admission fee. Tannehill is famous for its iron-making operation and has played many important roles in history.
Stepping into the park takes the visitor into an old-time atmosphere, where time seems to have stood still back in the era of the cotton gin. The park offers multiple attractions on your way to the trail, some of which are pet-friendly, like the picnic area, camping, and cabin rentals. For an extra fee, you can also take Fido fishing in the creek.
The Tannehill Tramway is a 150-year-old trail that follows the old tramline that, at one time, ran between the Tannehill Ironworks and brown iron ore beds two miles apart from each other. The history of this trail is depicted along the route, past several historical sites along Mud Creek, like the Slave Cemetery and Tannehill Furnaces. The Tramway Trail also serves as a connection to several other trails in the area.
Your journey starts at the old furnace site as you and Fido head towards Eastern Valley Road along an easy trail that follows the creek and runs between the park's entrance and exit roads. Along the way, you will be able to listen to the sounds of running and falling water and the songs of the birds that live in the trees.
Be sure to keep Fido on a leash, because a short section of this trail between the furnace quarry area exit and the Rec Center takes a detour along the park's vehicle traffic roadway. The trail picks up again just behind the large Rec Center. After you have worked up an appetite hiking the trail, stop in at the Sweet Shoppe for a furrific treat for you and Fido!