Elk Creek Metropark–Meadow Ridge Area
eBird Bar Charts by Season
Photos by Sue Parks
This location was formerly a golf course, and most of the trails are asphalt paved, broken with a few, small areas of gravel for drainage, making this location handicap accessible. Although the restrooms along with cart paths are no longer open, there is a portable restroom facility located in the large parking area. There are several ponds located along the paths, and several small run-off locations and a creek in the northeast section of the park to provide water for birds. Waterfowl and Great Blue Heron have been seen in these areas. Shrubby areas provide for seed eaters and numerous trees for woodpeckers, hawks, robins, etc. There is a large shelter next to the parking lot, as well as a few smaller shelters along the paths.
From Sue Parks
About Meadow Ridge
MetroParks purchased this 456-acre parcel of land from Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit whose mission is to create parks and protect land, in 2016.
Grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Ohio Public Works Commission Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Fund made it possible to preserve this space for public access and future passive recreational use. Restoration work has been, and will continue to be, conducted on the site in compliance with the grant conditions.
Highlights of this park include trails for hiking, biking, and running, as well as, birding, picnicking, and catch and release fishing.
About Elk Creek Metropark
Located in Madison Township, Elk Creek MetroPark, with over 800 acres, became the largest park within the park system on November 21, 2016.
On this date, a 456.3 acre parcel of land known as the Meadow Ridge Area of Elk Creek MetroPark was combined with the 352 acres in the Sebald Park Area. The Sebald Park Area of Elk Creek MetroPark has been owned and managed by MetroParks since 2014.
This beautiful natural setting provides views of the wooded hills and rolling meadows forming the walls of the creek valley while the open lawn areas of the park serve as recreation space for park customer/owners using the park’s 10 covered picnic shelters and multiple playgrounds for children. Hiking trails are routed throughout the woods and along Elk Creek, which runs the length of the park.
Motor Vehicle Permit Required. Free to Butler County Residents. Non-Residents $5/daily or $10/annually.
From Elk Creek Metropark webpage
Restrooms at locations identified on Elk Creek MetroPark map.