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greenBlue Fort Ancient Mound Loop

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3.9 mile 6.3 kilometer loop
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Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 137' 42 m
Descent: -136' -42 m
High: 922' 281 m
Low: 827' 252 m

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Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)

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

Kristen Arendt

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife

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.

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Feb 24, 2019
Michael Tighe
The mileage from the hike is the total mileage we hiked at Battelle Darby Creek that day. It was super windy, a little flooded, but gorgeous. 6mi — 3h 06m
Feb 17, 2019
Călin Solomon
Nov 4, 2018
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Jul 18, 2018
Kellie Gedert
May 5, 2018
Emily Witt
Mar 9, 2018
Jenny Ramsey
Pretty trail, lots of wildlife 3.9mi
Feb 18, 2018
Mary Bellamy
3.9mi
Feb 3, 2018
Matt Stephens-Rich
Great trail! Gravel makes for no mud, and great scene changes. 4.1mi

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  4.4 from 10 votes

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