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Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park

Nestled in the Eagan mountain range, a historic monument is awaiting your visit!
Trail Uses
Walking Hiking Mountain biking Horseback riding
White Pine County
8.00 miles (Network)
Easy, Moderate
Permitted on Leash
Other Activities
ATV Riding Dirt Biking


This state park is currently CLOSED due to flooding

Visit one of the best preserved historical monuments in Nevada! Established in 1870 during the silver rush, these ovens were once used to extract silver ore. When the ovens were finally retired in 1876, they become a place of shelter for travelers and bandits. 

The trails start at the charcoal ovens and head both north and south of the main parking lot. Hiking, biking and equestrians are allowed on all of these trails. OHV trails circle the outer perimeter of the state park and connect with thousands of acres of BLM trails. OHV's are not permitted on any of the other trails within the state park.

Aside from hiking and horseback riding, fishing and swimming in the Willow Creek is also a popular activity during summer months. The creek is stocked with rainbow trout and it has browns and brooks trout that naturally reproduce in the area. 

Other Information

Camping available at Willow Creek campground and is first come first serve. There are a variety of camp site sizes to accommodate RV's and tents. 

History of the Ward Charcoal Ovens

Make the Ward Charcoal ovens a stop on your journey along the American Discovery Trail!  

Do not touch or take any artifacts from any archeological sites you may come across. Please report damage to archeological sites here!

Trail Manager

For more information visit the Ward Charcoal Ovens website or contact: 

Nevada State Parks- Ward Charcoal ovens

Nevada State Parks- Ward Charcoal ovens
P.O. Box 151761

Phone: 775-289-1693
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Be prepared for extreme weather. Bring rain/wind gear, warm clothing, and matches/fire starters.
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Trailhead Information

Located 60.0 miles south of Ely. Take Hwy 50 and turn right onto Cave Valley Rd/White Pine County Rd. The park with me on the right hand side. 

Parking and trailhead access is available throughout the state park. 

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