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Iron Furnace Driving Tour
Take the self-guided auto tour that includes two of Bath County former iron furnaces, the Slate Creek Furnace (Bourbon Furnace) and the Clear Creek Furnace (Bath Furnace). These are some of the oldest structures in Bath County and each has a rich and interesting history. Refer to our map or the attached Driving Tour for locations.
Historic Springfield Church
The old Springfield Presbyterian Church has a long and illustrious history. Known as the mother of churches the building was erected in 1821 and was added to the National register of Historic Places in 1979. The church is located at 3491 Springfield Road near Sharpsburg, Ky.
Zilpo Scenic Byway
Kentucky’s only national forest scenic byway. This 11-mile ridgetop route running through the Daniel Boone National Forest begins at Clear Creek Lake, travels up to a gently curving ridgetop route where you may see seasonal colors and abundant wildlife and ends at the Zilpo Recreation Area. Turn south on Highway-211 off of US-60 in Salt Lick, 3.5 miles turn left on Clear Creek.
Bath County has many locations that give you a great opportunity to view a large variety of abundant wildlife, including the Clear Creek Lake area, the Zilpo Scenic Byway and the Zilpo Recreation Area.
Tater Knob Tower
The historic Tater Knob Fire Tower in Bath County is closed to the public after an arson fire destroyed the structure on December 3, 2008. The fire burned all of the supporting wood frame of the lookout cab underneath its metal exterior. The tower is no longer safe for visitors. Forest Service officials are uncertain at this time if the structure will be rebuilt.
Note: The stairs leading to and Tater Knob Fire Tower itself itself are closed to all public entry.
Zilpo Arch is a small arch located in the Daniel Boone National Forest, and easily accessible from the road where there is a pulloff area for parking.
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