Rentschler Forest Earthwork

Butler County, Ohio

Protected Traces of Our Native American Heritage

This 2,000-year-old Adena or Hopewell earthwork originally consisted of a wall enclosing eleven acres on land overlooking the Great Miami River. Following years of erosion, only the entranceway to the earthwork survives: A 100-foot earthen ring embraced by two arcs. Private and public conservation of the earthwork has served to preserve the old-growth trees at the site.

Protected by MetroParks of Butler County

The Rentschler Forest Line Hill Mound Area containing the earthwork is named for James R. Line, whose bequest provided funds for the acquisition of the property.

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How to Find Rentschler Forest Earthworks

From Ohio 4 northeast of Hamilton, turn north onto Rentschler Estates Drive and then left at the large white barn. From the trailhead parking lot, follow Earth Works Trail (red-marked signposts) to Signpost 19, turn right and continue to Signpost 27. Turn left, follow the trail downslope to Signpost 28 and use the interpretive sign on the right to orient yourself to the earthwork.

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