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Part of our in-depth series exploring the forts of Northern Early America

Fort Hill
13614 Fort Hill Road
Hillsboro, OH 45133
Phone: 937-588-3221
1-800-283-8905 (toll free)
Site Manager, Keith Bengtson

Fort Hill State Memorial is a nature preserve containing one of the best preserved Indian hilltop enclosures in North America. The Hopewell Indians (100 B.C.-A.D. 500) constructed the 1 1/2 mile long earthwork hilltop enclosure as well as at least two ceremonial buildings and probably a village in the Brush Creek Valley.

Lying at the western edge of the Allegheny Plateau, immediately south of the glacial boundary, this hilly area contains an impressive diversity of bedrock, soils, flora, and fauna. There are 11 miles of hiking trails at the 1,200 acre preserve as well as a picnic area. The museum reopened in the fall of 2000 after an extensive renovation. New exhibits include a variety of hands-on and interactive, multimedia displays depicting the geology, flora and fauna of Fort Hill.

Museum Hours 

Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day

Cloed Monday and Tuesday
Wednesday-Saturday, 9:30-5
Sunday 12-5
Holidays 12-5


Monday-Friday, Closed
Saturday 9:30-5
Sunday 12-5

Groups by Appointment
Museum Admission

OHS Members Free
Adults $3.00
Children 6-12 $2.00 per student, all ages
Children 5 & under Free
School Groups $2.00 per student


Fort Hill is located off of State Route 41 on Township Road 256, five miles north of Sinking Springs and three miles south of Cynthiana in Highland County.

Handicapped Accessbility

The entire museum is handicapped accessible.

Communities and Related Links
Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau
City of Columbus
Columbus Chamber of Commerce

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