Carroll, Ohio 43112
Chestnut Ridge Metro Park webpage
Chestnut Ridge Metro Park map
Also, see Fairfield County Birding Drive
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Ohio Birding Day Hike: Chestnut Ridge Metro Park Trails
About Chestnut Ridge Metro Park
From I-270, take US-33 east toward Lancaster. Go about 11 miles and turn right on Winchester Road (Carroll, Ohio traffic light). Entrance is about 3 miles on the left.
The ridge at Chestnut Ridge Metro Park rises more than 150 feet — reaching an elevation above sea level of 1,116 feet — and is 4,500 feet long. It is considered the first ridge in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, featuring many outcroppings of ancient Black Hand sandstone bedrock. From an observation deck at the high point of the Ridge Trail, visitors can easily see the Columbus skyline, some 19 miles away. Black oak, shagbark hickory, and northern red oak trees grow on the upper slopes of the ridge and enhance the woodland beauty of the 486-acre park. Sugar maples and American beech are plentiful on the lower slopes.
More than 70 species of birds have been counted at the park in a single day. Wood ducks, green heron, and mallards flourish in the park’s wetlands and 2-acre pond.
Chestnut Ridge provides a quick getaway from the noise of the city. Located southeast of Columbus, the park provides hiking trails, picnic areas, fishing for children aged 15 and younger, a playground and—most importantly—peace and quiet. The observation deck is just a short hike from the parking lot and puts you above the treetops for an excellent view.
The park features 2.4 miles of trails.
From Chestnut Ridge Metro Park webpage
Restrooms at locations identified on Chestnut Ridge Metro Park map.