Fort Hill, Eastham

About this Location

Fort Hill Trail is located at 70 Fort Hill Road. Turn off US-6 at the brown Fort Hill sign on Governor Prence Road in Eastham. Continue to the parking area on left, across from the Captain Penniman House. The trail may also be accessed from Hemenway Landing, just north of Fort Hill on US-6.

There are seasonal restrooms near Hemenway Landing.

About Cape Cod National Seashore

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Cape Cod is a large peninsula extending 60 miles into the Atlantic Ocean from the coast of Massachusetts. Located on the outer portion of the Cape, Cape Cod National Seashore’s 44,600 acres encompass a rich mosaic of marine, estuarine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. These systems and their associated habitats reflect the Cape’s glacial origin, dynamic natural processes, and at least 9,000 years of human activity. Geomorphic shoreline change, groundwater fluctuations, tidal dynamics including rising sea level, and atmospheric deposition are among the many physical processes that continue to shape the Seashore’s ecosystems. Marine and estuarine systems include beaches, sand spits, tidal flats, salt marshes, and soft-bottom benthos. Freshwater ecosystems include kettle ponds, vernal pools, sphagnum bogs, and swamps. Terrestrial systems include pitch pine and scrub oak forests, heathlands, dunes, and sandplain grasslands. Many of these habitats are globally uncommon and the species that occupy them are correspondingly rare.

Notable Trails

The Fort Hill Trail is a 1-mile loop. Travel time is about one hour.

This loop trail crosses open fields, connects with the Red Maple Swamp Trail, and offers spectacular vistas of the Nauset Marsh area.

The trail is easy and has a solid surface with some log steps on slopes.

The AllTrails website has a description and map of a hike at Fort Hill.


  • Restrooms on site

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