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Fort Ancient Mound Loop

Easy/Intermediate

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3.9 mile 6.3 kilometer loop
99% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

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

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)

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

Kristen Arendt

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife

Overview

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

Description

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

From the Terrace Trail, runners 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.

Runners will run though both woods and fields, allowing for an enjoyable amount of variation.

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#1918

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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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