Fort Hill Trail

Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts

Elevation Gain230ft
Trailhead Elevation14ft
Elevation Min/Max7/47ft
Elevation Start/End14/14ft

Fort Hill Trail

Fort Hill Trail is a hiking trail in Eastham, Massachusetts. It is within Cape Cod National Seashore. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 14 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 230 feet. Fort Hill Parking (Lower) and another parking and the Penniman House attraction are near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. The Fort Hill Parking (Upper) parking and the Skiff Hill (elevation 0 feet) viewpoint can be seen along the trail. There are also a wetland, a wetland, a wetland, a beach, an information board, shelter, and a cliff along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Swamp Trail.

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AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Boston (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Michael Tougias
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"This varied hike offers scenic views from open meadows and explores the heart of a large red maple swamp."
Best Easy Day Hikes: Cape Cod (Falcon Guides)
Cheryl Johnson Huban and Pamela VanDrimlen
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"In addition to tremendous vistas, this trail offers a good workout and spectacular birding. Great blue herons sweep over the marsh and songbirds fill the air with their sweet voices. Wander through the Red Maple Swamp, where boardwalks curl through cinnamon and wood ferns under aged red maples. The boardwalk is expansive and unique to trails on the cape, and much needed in this very swampy hike. Mosquitoes thrive in this environment, so be sure to bring your bug spray in you visit in the summertime."
Best Hikes with Kids: Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Rhode Island (The Mountaineers Books)
Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr
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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."
Hiking through History New England (Falcon Guides)
Johnny Molloy
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"Explore the birthplace of American industry in Blackstone River Valley. The trek follows a paved trail meeting the towpath of the old Blackstone Canal, built to transport products, primarily textiles, from America’s first water-powered factories. Walk the towpath and the Blackstone River. Visit old power-generating dams, an intact segment of the Blackstone Canal, an early mill site, and a mill manager’s house."

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This trail had gorgeous views and history. There was boulder left when the glaciers moved through the area. There was a boulder used by the American Indians to sharpen their knives and arrows. You can still see the shiny, smooth surface where the sharpening was done. You walk in forest and open areas. In the forest area are some unique, misshapen red maple trees. The walk is moderate with some small, gradual hill areas. The only downfall for this trail were the deer flies. We were covered in Deep Woods Off-the highest possible repellant and they still were landing on us. We wound up walking the trail (yes-we perseverd and didn't turn back) waving our hats and arms around to keep the flies away from our eyes and face. We finally would up putting pieces of the Deep Woods towelettes in our ears. Unfortunately-because of the flies we didn't spend as much time looking at the views as we would have liked. This was the Red Maple Swamp Fort Hill Trail, not just the Fort Hill Trail. But the flies were prevalant on both trails.

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Trail Information

Cape Cod National Seashore
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Cape Cod National Seashore
Additional Use
USGS Orleans
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