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“The Nauset Marsh Trail”

Fort Hill Rural Historic District
Ranked #3 of 29 things to do in Eastham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A scenic and historic walking trail managed by the Cape Cod National Seashore.
Reviewed 28 June 2014

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.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

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.

2  Thank Judith K
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

Nice, easy walk with some great views. Short walk in a circle from either parking lot. Parking at the first lot allows you to view the mansion after the hike. A quick way to get into the Cape mood.

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Reviewed 13 May 2014

Nice walk on a cloudy May day around 7 PM (most things were bare though) but I bet it will be lovely when everything starts blooming on a sunny day!
Will be coming back to check that out.

Thank Nicole S
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

The view of the ocean and the barrier beaches from the upper parking lot is great. Nice walk to take around the hill.

Thank Stephen W
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