Over Labor Day weekend, Pat and I took a trip to Roanoke, VA and on one of the days we drive up to Jefferson National Forest to the Roaring Run Falls Trail, It starts out at the remnants of an Iron Furnace that used to operate there. It seemed kinda weird that an iron furnace would be out there in the middle of nowhere, but back in the day you built stuff like that where the natural resources were. And that particular location had the iron ore, limestone (used in the smelting), and wood (to fire the furnace) necessary to make the “pig iron.” The whole area was full of these shiny glass like slag, which is the waste byproduct of the smelting process. It was really interesting! But it did not begin to match the beauty of the forest and the falls.
Some of my favorite pics are below. the full set is on this public Flickr album.