The beginning of the trail follows the an old small-gauge railroad track. In the early 1900's this area was developed as the Dayton Coal and Iron Company. Coal was "coked", heated in low-oxygen ovens to make coke (no, not the kind you drink!) which was used in making iron. This part of the trail follows the Richland Creek. On the cold January 2005 day we hiked the trail, the water was high and made some beautiful cascades.