Fort Hill Trail

Orleans, Massachusetts

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As you walk the Fort Hill Trail, part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, you will realize that Cape Cod is more than sand dunes, clam rolls, and lighthouses. Featuring a boardwalk through wetlands, two small hill climbs with views over Nauset Marsh, historic Indian Rock, and a stroll around the grounds of whaleship captain Edward Penniman’s historic home, these trails offer a distinct vision of the Cape. Begin on the trail that leads into the woods from the right (eastern) side of the parking lot. Head uphill on rustic steps through the forest. Soon, you will leave the woods and walk along the edge of a large field that abuts Nauset Marsh.
Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island

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Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island

by Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr (The Mountaineers Books)

As you walk the Fort Hill Trail, part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, you will realize that Cape Cod is more than sand dunes, clam rolls, and lighthouses. Featuring a boardwalk through wetlands, two small hill climbs with views over Nauset Marsh, historic Indian Rock, and a stroll around the grounds of whaleship captain Edward Penniman’s historic home, these trails offer a distinct vision of the Cape.

Begin on the trail that leads into the woods from the right (eastern) side of the parking lot. Head uphill on rustic steps through the forest. Soon, you will leave the woods and walk along the edge of a large field that abuts Nauset Marsh.

©  Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Orleans
Distance: 1.6
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: National Park Service, Cape Cod National Seashore
Local Maps: USGS Orleans
Driving Directions: Directions to Fort Hill Trail

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