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A great hike that heads past a reconstructed Fort Ancient mound.


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3.9

Miles

6.3

KM

Loop

922' 281 m

High

827' 252 m

Low

137' 42 m

Up

136' 42 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

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Overview

This hike at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park is a relatively easy hike in a peaceful setting.

Description

The hike heads out on the Terrace Trail, a moderate 2-mile loop trail at the northern end of the park.

From the Terrace Trail, hikers can access the Ancient Trail. The Ancient Trail is a mix of grass and gravel, stretching for 1.9 miles.

The trail is a loop that partially runs along Battelle Darby Creek and passes a reconstructed Fort Ancient Mound. The area was the site of one of the largest prehistoric hilltop enclosures in the United States, the use of which remains a mystery. Constructed by the Hopewell people over the course of a 400 year period beginning in 100 B.C.E., the most popular consensus is that the giant mounds were used for ceremonial purposes.

Hikers will hike though both woods and fields, allowing for an enjoyable amount of variation.

Contacts

Land Manager: Central Ohio Metro Parks

Shared By:

Kristen Arendt

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Photos

Big Darby Creek
Dec 11, 2022 near Lake Darby, OH
Neat little bridge!
Nov 18, 2017 near Lake Darby, OH
Truck just off the trail.
Nov 18, 2017 near Grove City, OH

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