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Cherokee Bluffs Dam Railroad Trail at Yates Lake 

The Cherokee Bluffs Dam Railroad trail follows the old railroad bed that was built in the early 1920’s and used in the construction of Martin Dam.  You can follow either the Highline or Lowline railroads and proceed to the highest point in Elmore County: Saddle Rock Mountain. As you hike this historic trail, you will see remnants of the old railroad such as ruts where cross-ties once lay, or small piles of coal once used to fire up the steam locomotives. You can even see foundations that once supported bridges across gorges and creeks. All of this in a pristine, old forest setting will bring you back to hike this trail time and time again!