Indian Fort Mountain
Indian Fort Mountain is located in the heart of the Berea Forest. The Hopewell, Adena, and Shawnee Native Americans lived among the many cliffs, knobs, and valleys of the forest making Indian Fort Mountain their prime settlement. The mountain is very steep and has many cliffs but also many breaks in the cliff line. At every cliff break, a carefully constructed stone wall blocked access to anyone climbing up from below. Behind each were piles of rocks about the size of bowling balls. Archaeologists believe these were to throw on any invaders attempting to scale the mountain.
Natural springs were sprinkled throughout the mountain. Dams were constructed to create a pool where clay pots could be filled. On top, there are several lookout stations facing in various directions. This is one reason hikers are required to stay on the trails. Indian Fort Mountain is still a very active archaeological site. The clefts now used for trails have been cleared of walls and rock piles but there are many others off trail.