Fort Hill

Fort Hill

Fort Hill

Located just a few miles South of the Bainbridge Amish Country, JR’s General Store, Country Crust Bakery and Windy Ridge Belgium’s is Fort Hill Earthworks and Nature Preserve. This is a beautiful sanctuary and is well worth your time to visit while you are in the area! It is also home to the mile and a half long earthwork, which was believed to be a ceremonial gathering place for the people of the ancient Hopewell culture.

The preserve is located at 13641 Fort Hill Rd, Hillsboro and can be accessed directly from Route 41 via Fort Hill Road. If you are visiting the preserve in the spring, be sure to keep an eye out for all the beautiful flowers. Opposite the preserve entrance you can see a remarkable site of thousands of wild Blue Bell has a growing along the roadside.

There are several trails hikers can explore. You can’t miss the trailhead which is marked with a kiosk that shows the maps of the different trails. Plan to spend about two hours if you want to hike to the top to see the earthworks via the Fort Hill Trail. The trails are very well marked and signs display trail maps as you go, making access very user friendly.

There is a beautiful stone and timber pavilion located a short walk from the parking area. Restroom facilities are located by the pavilion. Gigantic trees that are hundreds of years old are the backdrop to the pavilion. This would be the perfect place to have a picnic, graduation party, family reunion or wedding. The pavilion area can be reserved for special private events and is equipped with electric.

Most people agree that the first visit to Fort Hill Earthworks and Nature Preserve won’t be the last! More detailed information can be found at: https://www.ohiohistory. org/visit/museum-and-sitelocator/fort-hill-earthworks

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