Fitton Green Cardwell Hill Road Trail

Length: 2.73 miles  |  Elevation Gain: 559.8 feet  |  

This popular natural area features ridgetop trails with beautiful views and many ecological restoration projects. Originally acquired by Greenbelt Land Trust together with founders Charles and Elsie (Fitton) Ross, Fitton Green is now managed by Benton County. Bald Hill Farm and Bald Hill Natural Area are about a mile and a half away via Panorama and Wynoochee Drives.

This trail passes through a two plus mile section of the historic Cardwell Hill Road which was used to supply Fort Hoskins in the 1850s and 60s. Fort Hoskins Historic Park is located about seven miles Northwest of Fitton Green. The Cardwell Hill Road Trail is gated at both the east and west sides of Fitton Green with trailheads and small parking areas provided at both locations. This trail offers beautiful view of mixed over- story forests and overlooks the Mary's River watershed. The west side access, or Wren access as it is referred to locally, offers wonderful late summer blackberry picking opportunities. The trail follows the public right of way through private lands until it reaches the 308 acre Fitton Green Natural Area, so please respect our neighbors by not trespassing upon their lands along the route. The Cardwell Hill Road Trail intersects with the northern terminus of the Fitton Green North-South trail.

Trail description by: Benton County Natural Areas & Parks Department

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