Cape Cod National Seashore - Red Maple Swamp and Fort Hill Trail

Eastham, Massachusetts 2642

Cape Cod National Seashore - Red Maple Swamp and Fort Hill Trail

Cape Cod National Seashore - Red Maple Swamp and Fort Hill Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This rewarding loop combines two terrific trails— one that explores the Red Maple Swamp, the other that circles Fort Hill. Along the way, you’ll encounter a number of different habitats—kettle-hole swamp, forest, open fields, salt marsh—and with them a plethora of plants and birds.

Part of the route overlooks Nauset Marsh, which inspired two classics of nature writing, Henry Beston’s Outmost House, and Wyman Richardson’s The House on Nauset Marsh. On a walk that visits a swamp and a marsh, don’t be surprised to encounter mosquitoes and other biting insects: cover up and bring repellent."

Cape Cod National Seashore - Red Maple Swamp and Fort Hill Trail Reviews

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8/1/2009
This trail had gorgeous views and history. There was a 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. And the flies were in shade and sun. There was only a short time that the flies weren't our traveling companions. Unfortunately-because of the flies we didn't spend as much time looking at the views as we would have liked.
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Trail Information

Eastham
Nearby City
1.5
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1-2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Cape Cod National Seashore
Local Contacts
USGS Orleans
Local Maps