It’s another spectacular year for the Lupine at Fort Hill. They are just beautiful! If you’re in the area, it’s worth the visit! They are in full bloom right now… so don’t wait too long!
If you’ve never walked the boardwalk on the Red Maple Swamp Trail at Fort Hill in Eastham, put it on your list. It is always spectacular and always something new to see. Phil and I walked there early the other morning and it seemed almost mystical with all of the sounds of nature.
Have you ever walked the Red Maple Swamp Trail?
This beautiful purple wildflower, Purple Dead-Nettle, is growing along the sides of the trails at Fort Hill. It grows low to the ground and the flowers are only 1/2 – 1″ so it might be a bit hard to see.
Purple Dead-Nettle, which has irregularly shaped flowers, blooms from now through September. I was so surprised to see how exquisite it was when I saw it blown up on my computer.
Gorgeous wildflower, don’t you think?
Red Maple Swamp Trail At Fort Hill is one of our favorite hikes. There is so much diversity. I’ve posted many photographs of the hike but never a map, which is at the end of the blog along with more photographs throughout the blog.
The trail starts out at the trailhead of the first parking lot where you can see sweeping views of the fields which, in the summer, is teeming with wildflowers and butterflies, and out to Nauset Marsh. In the distance you can even see Nauset Beach. Follow the signs for Red Maple Swamp Trail and it will lead you through the woods and to the boardwalk across the swamp. It is beautiful.
From there you can stop at Hemenway Landing and watch the boats going in and out or just sit on one of the 2 benches and enjoy the views. As you head back up the hill, there are several places where you can see Nauset Marsh from above with Coast Guard Station in the distance. You will pass Indian Rock on Skiff Hill which is very interesting.
At the big rock and intersection, you can meander along the shores of Nauset Marsh or head back up the hill to the upper parking lot where you will see more spectacular views. It is the perfect hike for the whole family …any season of the year!
Red Maple Trail is one of our favorite hikes here on Cape Cod. It has so much diversity. You hike through the woods, on a boardwalk over Red Maple Swamp, down to the shores to Nauset Marsh and then back through the meadows and hills at Fort Hill. It is spectacular, any time of the day and any time of the year.
I thought this photograph where the trail and the spur intersect was very interesting so I took it in black and white and in color. Which one do you like better?
The view of Nauset Marsh from Fort Hil, no matter what direction you look, is always breathtaking. I love this view of Nauset Marsh with Coast Guard Station in the background, especially with the blue, blue water.
What do you think?