Fort Hill Rural Historic District

Fort Hill Rural Historic District, Eastham: Address, Phone Number, Fort Hill Rural Historic District Reviews: 4.5/5

Fort Hill Rural Historic District

Fort Hill Rural Historic District
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A scenic and historic walking trail managed by the Cape Cod National Seashore.
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Motherhen03
Fairfax, VA156 contributions
Sep 2021
This is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. The turn for Fort Hill is before you get to the Salt Pond Visitor's Center. It is a narrow road but the the views make it worth it ! The Pennington House (not open) is on the right as you drive down the road. We were able to park in a parking lot and walk over to the historic Pennington House. We had learned about this sea captain at the quaint Eastham Historical Society museum near the Salt Pond Visitor's center. The house was very interesting to walk around (the outside). Further down the road is a smaller parking lot from which you can see amazing views of the marsh. There were hiking trails off this parking lot, but we did not have time to go on them. I believe one trail led to the ocean. I am very glad we stopped by this hidden gem. A large camper would probably have trouble negotiating this road and parking lot.
Written September 21, 2021
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SaltLifeGal
Venice, FL120 contributions
May 2021
Our focus during COVID was to combine free outdoor exercise with sites we had not ventured to in the 40 years we have been visiting the Cape. This short walking trail gave us vistas both in and out of the trees. The tree portion of the trail was mostly boardwalk for easy walking and we walked along the marsh with the ocean in the background for the second part of the walk. Very scenic, bring bug spray and may want to wear pants since there are many signs for deer ticks to be on guard for, but we were fine. Parking lot was easy to find and trail well marked.
Written June 8, 2021
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Sherpa37789
Eastham, MA1 contribution
Yes, it is beautiful here! I live at Fort Hill, I love it here. What I don't love is the people that drive by my house at 50 MPH when going up and down the hill! It may be a tourist attraction to you but it's our neighborhood. You wouldn't want me doing 50 MPH by your house with your children and animals in the yard. Just last year our neighbors dog was killed because of someone speeding. So please respect "our neighborhood" when you come to VISIT. Thank you.
Written May 13, 2003
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jeffl499
Alexandria, VA1,487 contributions
Jun 2014 • Solo
Back this year to enjoy this beautiful spot overlooking Nauset Marsh, but with an even better view by taking the Nauset Marsh Trail. Enter from the upper parking lot or the lower parking lot near the Penniman House. The trail takes you down for a much closer view of Nauset Marsh with a full field of yellow, purple, crimson and blue wild flowers on one side and enormous cattails on the other. Enjoy brief treks to the side of the marsh for a feel of an ecosystem in full play. Continue past Skiff Hill and take the path to Indian Rock where early settlers used huge boulders sharpen their weapons and tools. An inscription from the travel diaries of Samuel Champlagne provides evidence of a thriving community in 1605. Dotted along the path this year are 10 wooden sculptures by students at a local charter school from wood gathered by National Park crews in cleaning up the Fort Hill area. Follow the trail to the Red Maple Marsh with its intriguing wildlife surrounding the boardwalk there.
Written June 28, 2014
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TheMeadowsTravel
Washington, D.C.367 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
What a surprise the Fort Hill Trail was. There are two parking areas that connect to a loop trail; I recommend driving to the upper/furthest one, because it affords a much better view of the entire area - a 360 panorama. It's a "natural attraction", so there's not a lot going on here, but you can use your cellphone to dial into a spoken, guided tour (kind of a neat idea). A few steps away from the parking lot and onto the trail and you are surrounded by nature - it really feels as you've been swallowed up and transported to some other planet. The only noise was from bird activity and the place was alive with smells - I've never experienced such a strong honeysuckle smell in my life (outside a perfume store, of course) - which was terrific. There are rabbits galore and almost constant air-to-air combat of little birds fighting off bigger birds to keep them away from nests. There are a few ventures off the main loop trail - one took us right to the edge of the salt marsh, which was terrific. The colors here were amazing - the Atlantic Ocean in the distance, the marsh grasses, the oodles of vegetation along the path and the light aquamarine color of the Nauset Inlet. This was a wonderful way to spend an hour - and get some fresh air. Spectacular views!
Written June 23, 2017
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wucie
Bern, Switzerland478 contributions
Oct 2012 • Couples
If you only have a short time to spend on a hike (and have done the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and its system of trails) then a well-worth local hike is the Red Cedar Trail in the Fort Hill area (Eastham). It’s prettier, more varied and has far better views than the similarly named White Cedar Trail higher up at Marconi Beach. The road ends at a parking with lovely views overlooking rolling fields traced by old stone walls towards the Nauset salt marsh beyond. The path winds down to the water’s edge and although there were surprisingly few birds when we were there in mid October, I imagine it to be a good place for birding (and for fishing and we did cross a returning fisherman) and the sinking sun, which was tinting the sky pink and the reeds golden, helped make up for the lack of birds.

You can follow the trail along the edge of the fields through a copse of red cedars (very aromatic, especially as a number of them had been felled) alive with rabbits (at least at dusk when we were there) to Skiff Hill where there is a shelter, benches and more pretty views over the marsh towards the Nauset coastguard house. Informative plaques explain the history of the area including an account by Samuel Champlain of the time when he first moored off Nauset Marsh in 1605 and information on the indigenous Indians who lived in the area and who used the large stone set in the middle of the overlook (it was apparently moved there) to sharpen their weapons. The rock’s surface is gouged with deep groves and smooth circles where knives and axes were whetted.

The path continues on down to the red maple cedar swamp but unfortunately the boardwalk was closed when we were there and we had to retrace our steps to the red cedar copse to continue the loop back to the parking (had the swamp section of the trail been open we could have rejoined the loop lower down). If you time your visit right, you can also visit the Edward Penniman (a successful whaling captain) House, located nearby, which serves as a museum detailing the captain’s life in particular and whaling in New England in general.

This is an easy, leisurely hike which can be lengthened or shortened as desired but which offers many different possibilities for those nature or history-inclined. A great way to spend half a day.
Written November 16, 2012
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Bill246
Brewster, MA334 contributions
Oct 2019
The hiking trail has beautiful views of the ocean and woods and it is an easy trail to hike. Parking is free which is another plus.
Written November 4, 2019
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Ken R
Western NY44 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
If you are looking for a trail that is easy to walk and not real long this is it! Great views, quiet and a nice easy walk. Well marked with places to sit and relax. No charge and well worth the effort. Great exercise and not many hills or rough terrain.
Written September 13, 2014
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Joe H
DeWitt, NY876 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
If, like me, you enjoy casual walks through natural areas and appreciate the subtle beauty of nature, you will like walking the trails here. One boardwalk trail through the woods was, unfortunately, temporarily blocked about halfway out, but we went out on it as far as we could anyway and liked it. You also get some nice views here.

Note that the Captain Penniman House (see separate TripAdvisor listing) is close by and worth a short visit while you are here.
Written August 26, 2014
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Judith K
Princeton, NJ112 contributions
Oct 2013 • Friends
This has one of the most fabulous views on the Cape. There is a historic home with an archway made from whalebones. There are great trails through the woods, fields and down to the ocean and wetlands. The vista from the top of the hill is magnificent and changes with the seasons. There are great birds and wonderful photo opportunities, even on a rainy day.
Written May 28, 2014
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