The Arc of Appalachia Preserves stewards highly protected nature preserves. Please read complete regulations before visiting, only some of which are summarized here: Remain on trails at all times, walking in single file to protect bulbs of native wildflowers bordering the trail. Do not disturb, pick nor collect flowers, plants, rocks, or wildlife. Hunting, caving, fishing, trail biking, rock climbing, wading, camp fires and swimming are prohibited. Many Arc trails border dangerous, potentially life-threatening cliffs: Trails can be narrow, uneven, and steep; with possible ticks, poison ivy, and stinging nettle. Keep children close at hand, and hike at your own risk. Click here for a complete list of dog-friendly trails. Most trails do not permit dogs.
Fort Hill is open sunrise to sunset year-round, weather permitting. Dogs permitted on leash only. Dog lovers, please consider also visiting Junction Earthworks.
2.2 Mile Difficult Trail. This trail ascends from the base of the hill to the top of the ridge, providing a steep climb but also the best views of Fort Hill’s earthwork. The trail enters the enclosure through one of the ancient gate-ways, and follows the wall of the earthwork for a considerable distance. Please stay on the trail to respect the ancient earthworks and prevent their erosion.
1.2 Mile Moderate – Difficult Trail This trail leads through a rolling landscape and a beautiful mature for-est. In the winter, at one point it offers a nice view of the rim of the earthworks high above.
3 Mile Moderate – Difficult Trail This is definitely the most scenic of all the trails at Fort Hill. The path leads by the cliff-lined and boulder-strewn course of Bakers Fork, three stone arches, and a reconstructed pioneer log cabin. The wildflowers in the spring are outstanding.
Canby’s Mountain Lover Trail
3 Mile Difficult Trail Two unimproved creek crossings make this trail an adventure, but it can be dangerous when the water is deep and cold. It is safest to hike in the summer when wading is an easy option. Please cross with caution, and at your own risk. This trail leads through gorgeous remote Appalachian hill country with fine forests and excellent views
By using the connector trail you can follow the Fort Trail to the earthworks and return by way of the Deer Trail, thereby making a shorter loop.
To view the circle mound
Hike to the south end of the park and follow the southern leg of the Buckeye Trail. When it leaves the forest and enters a grass meadow, look for the raised rim of the circle mound to your right. The mound is infrequently mowed and might be hard to spot in tall grass. Hikers are permitted to leave the trail to access this site