Fort Hill is owned by the Ohio History Connection and managed by the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System. The 1400 acre preserve protects a 2000 year old large earthen walled ceremonial enclosure on its flat ridge top built by Native American Indians of the Hopewell Culture. Click here for more preserve information.



Trail Offerings & Details: A total of eleven miles of hiking trails exist at Fort Hill, offering some of the best hiking in the entire state of Ohio. Before hiking, click here for hours and directions, and download a TRAIL MAP. Because of the relatively long length of the preserve’s three trails, they are best suited for hiking enthusiasts. The 2.2 mile Fort Trail is the best trail to take for views of the Fort Hill 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.

Be sure to review hiking regulations before visiting. Click here to view. You are entering a highly protected nature preserve. Regulations include staying on the trail at all times, and not collecting nor disturbing any plant including wildflowers, nor animals and minerals. Please help us keep the preserve a true Sanctuary for the plants and animals, and future visitors.

Important Safety Warning: Hikers, please note back country trail conditions. It is wise to dedicate approximately one hour per mile in order to leisurely and safely enjoy Fort Hill’s back country trails. The trails are generally primitive in nature, being narrow, uneven, and traversing rolling hills that can sometimes approach steep. After a rain or in the spring after winter snow melt, the paths can be muddy, so please be prepared with proper foot gear. Other standard outdoor perils exist, such as ticks, poison ivy and treacherous footing in the winter or after a rain. Visitors must understand that they hike at their own risk. For their well being, children must be kept close to their guardians and carefully in hand. For safety reasons, youths 18 or younger may not hike without an adult guardian.

Shelter House: Picnicking is a very popular and historic activity at Fort Hill, and the park offers some of the most beautiful picnic grounds in the state. The grounds are shaded by tall trees and dissected with a small meandering stream. The handsome picnic shelter was built in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps out of native rock and wormy chestnut. Grills are available at both the picnic shelter and picnic areas. Fort Hill’s picnic shelter can be reserved for exclusive use for a fee of $40 per day. For reservations, please call ahead at 937-365-1935. Otherwise, use of the picnic shelter is first come, first served. Click here for regulations and more information.

About our Dog Friends: Dogs may accompany guests when kept on a six foot leash.