Public invited to hike in Roxbury
The Roxbury Land Trust invites the public to take self-guided hikes of its Mine Hill Preserve Nov. 28 from noon to 2 p.m.
The 360-acre nature preserve, which is enrolled on the National Register of Historic Places, is the site of a 19th century iron-making complex and nearly four miles of hiking trails that offer glimpses of Roxbury’s industrial heritage and breathtaking natural beauty.
Nine interpretive signs installed by the Roxbury Land Trust tell the story of the rise and fall of the industrial venture.
Land Trust historian David Beglan will talk about mining in the 1800s, weather permitting, and maps and an educational brochure about Mine Hill will be available.
Hikers should allow at least two hours to complete the entire loop, but much shorter walks are possible to see the roasting ovens and blast furnace, tunnel openings and mine shafts. Sturdy shoes are recommended.
To reach the Mine Hill Preserve, follow Route 67 north from the center of Roxbury for 2.1 miles until it crosses over the Shepaug River. Turn right onto Mine Hill Road and proceed 0.3 miles up the hill to the parking lot on the right.