Guided Hike at Fort Hill

Saturday, June 1, 2019
Arrive at 9:45 am, Hike is from 10 am sharp through mid-afternoon

Join Arc Staff, Ethan King and Andrea Jaeger, on a guided hike at Fort Hill


The Guided Hike

Trail Length: 4.5 mile loop trail; about 4 hours.
Difficulty: The 4.5 mile route covers a variety of terrains including steep hills and stairs. Hiking boots and trekking poles are recommended especially if the trail is wet.
Driving Details: This hike meets and ends at the Fort Hill Education Center parking lot. We will meet there at 9:45 am then carpool to the Circle Mound.
Description:  Fort Hill is an ancient earthen- and stone-walled hilltop enclosure constructed by ancient American Indians 2,000 years ago. Surrounding the Hill is 1,300 acres of one of the largest and oldest contiguous forests in all of Ohio. This hike begins at the Circle Mound, a well-preserved Hopewell-era circular walled enclosure with a diameter of 170 feet. From there we will link onto the Fort Trail that will take us to the hilltop and enter the ancient hilltop enclosure. Following the wall for a considerable distance, you will get to see some of the best views of the earthwork. Bring a daypack, water and lunch to eat on the trail.

Directions: 13614 Fort Hill Rd, Hillsboro, OH 45133. After entering the park’s main entrance you will see the Education Center on your right. Additional parking is available across the bridge in Fort Hill’s main parking lot.

Your Leaders – Ethan King and Andrea Jaeger

Ethan King is the Assistant Manager of Land Stewardship at the Arc of Appalachia. He is a native of Cincinnati and has developed a passion for the outdoors, which stemmed from his Grandmother who is an outstanding naturalist herself. He is an only child so he is very close with his parents, family, and friends that he has stayed in touch with from graduation of High school. Ethan Graduated from Hocking College with a degree in Wildlife Management. He worked for Wayne National Forest where he used topographic maps to locate Tree of Heaven infestations and schedule them for removal. Ethan always says Hocking College was the best decision he ever made while exploring options for furthering his education. While looking to get his foot in the door after graduation he found a job in Colorado where he engaged in ecological field studies for a company called NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network). Shortly after that position had come to an end he knew his roots were in Ohio and wanted to look for work in his home state. Soon after he found The Arc he fell in love with its mission, the preserves, and everyone he gets to work with on a daily basis. Ethan spends time maintaining over 40 miles of trails, enhancing them for overall hiker experience. He works on the removal of invasive’s from the rich biological hubs that we are fortunate enough to have here in our area and runs the Arcs deer management program to keep the ecosystem as healthy as possible. He likes to have a good time while keeping The Arcs mission the number one priority. He looks forward to meeting and working with everyone he comes across.

Andrea Jaeger has been a member of the Arc of Appalachia’s staff since August, 2016. Originally from northwestern Ohio, she graduated from Ohio State University, majoring in Geography with a focus on people, society, and the environment. She worked for a non-profit in Chattanooga, TN for several years before returning home to Ohio. Her primary functions are to help keep all the Arc’s exciting real estate projects in motion, assist with grant-writing and implementation, and help coordinate the organization’s education and outreach programs.  


What to Bring

Filled water bottle
A packed Lunch (we will stop for lunch at the halfway point)
A daypack to carry your lunch and water
Boots with good tread.
Dress for the weather. 
Trekking poles (optional, but helpful for balancing)
Binoculars (optional)

About Fort Hill

A total of eleven miles of hiking trails exist at Fort Hill, offering some of the best hiking in the entire state of Ohio. Fort Hill boasts a stunning natural area of 1300 acres, sheltering one of the largest and oldest contiguous forests in all of Ohio. It is estimated that the park preserves over 800 vascular species of plants within its boundaries and in 2015 Fort Hill was officially inducted as part of the Old Growth Forest Network. The major earthwork at Fort Hill is an ancient earthen-walled enclosure constructed on top of a large flat-topped ridge with a circumference over one and a half miles, its span interrupted with 36 definite made-man openings, and three more possible man-made openings. The wall itself ranges from 6 to 15 feet in height, averages 30 feet wide at its base, and encloses 35.3 acres. It was built to follow the natural contour of the rim of the hill, and is bordered on the inside wall by a substantial ditch. For detailed information on Fort Hill, including trail map, click here.