Clear Creek Metro Park Trails

Clear Creek Metro Park
Rockbridge, Ohio 43149
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Please note that the Fairfield-Hocking county line runs through Clear Creek Metro Park. (See the map below for the location of the county line.) eBird hotspots are organized by county. If you carefully keep your bird records by county, be sure to use the specific hotspots in this park so that the birds will be assigned to the proper county.

Fairfield County

Clear Creek Metro Park (Fairfield Co.)
Coordinates: 39.5931888, -82.6239896
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Clear Creek Metro Park–Chestnut Trail (Fairfield Co.)
Coordinates: 39.6030391, -82.6246725
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Clear Creek Metro Park–Lake Trail
Coordinates: 39.6045686, -82.6323909
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Clear Creek Metro Park–Prairie Warbler and Tulip Tree Trails
Coordinates: 39.5991412, -82.632165
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Hocking County

Clear Creek Metro Park (Hocking Co.)
Coordinates: 39.592301, -82.5781402
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Clear Creek Metro Park–Creekside Meadows Trail
Coordinates: 39.5889557, -82.5754738
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Clear Creek Metro Park–Fern, Hemlock, and Cemetery Ridge Trails
Coordinates: 39.592803, -82.5926042
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Clear Creek Metro Park–Mathias and Thomas Cabins
Coordinates: 39.5969482, -82.5571811
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Ohio Birding Day Hikes

Clear Creek Metro Park Trails

Fairfield County
Clear Creek Lake Trail
Clear Creek Metropark in Rockbridge offers some of the most advanced and rewarding hiking trails. With over twelve miles worth of options that twist, zig-zag, and ascend, Clear Creek offers a variety of terrain. The Lake Trail is one of the best, especially in autumn. The Lake Trail is .9 miles worth of moderate-to-difficult hiking on a dirt path that winds through the woods to a fabulous observation deck overlooking the beautiful Lake Ramona.
From 10 Best Hikes in Ohio (RootsRated)

The Lake Trail can be accessed from either the Ironwood or Valley View picnic areas, each of which have parking lots. A small portion of Lake Ramona is visible from the observation deck. More of the lake is visible from a trail going north from the main park road.

The Lake Trail, .9 mile, is a moderate to difficult hike on a dirt surface. The trail winds through the woods to an observation deck overlooking Lake Ramona. You can make a circuit hike by walking between the two picnic areas on the Chestnut Trail and park roads.

Hocking County
Fern, Hemlock, and Cemetery Ridge Trails
Fern Trail – 1.7 miles – moderate to difficult –hike
Goes along a steep ridge and through a forest with pines and hemlocks.
Hemlock Trail – 1.5 miles – difficult – hike –dirt and gravel
Descends and ascends a steep ravine and goes through shady hemlock groves, sandstone outcroppings, a carpet of ferns and ridges topped hardwood trees.
Cemetery Ridge Trail – 2.5 miles – moderate to difficult – hike ­– dirt and gravel
Begins with a steep zigzag ascent through the woods peaking at about 700 feet. At the top of the ridge, the trail alternates between forest and meadows.

Hike the Fern, Cemetery Ridge, and Hemlock trails from the Fern Picnic Area to to Creekside Meadows Picnic Area. This hike can have many nesting warblers post-migration (Kentucky and Worm-eating for some rarer examples), both cuckoos, Hermit Thrushes, and more.
From Shane Brown

Park at the Fern Picnic Area. Take the Fern Trail for .9 miles. At .2 mile this trail splits. You can take either direction. The trail to the right is a bit shorter. Turn right on the Cemetery Ridge Trail for .3 miles. Keep right on the Cemetery Ridge Trail which continues for 2.2 miles. From there you can circle back to the Fern Picnic Area on the Creekside Meadows Trail, 1.2 miles. Total distance is 4.3 miles.

A shorter 2.7-mile hike involves taking the Fern Trail to the Hemlock Trail and returning to the Fern Picnic Area on the Creekside Trail.

Other trails at Clear Creek Metro Park
Chestnut Trail – 2.2 miles – difficult –hike – dirt and gravel
Goes through valleys with sandstone formations and crosses forested ridges.
Creekside Meadows Trail – 1.7 miles – easy – hike/pets – grass
Follows the banks of Clear Creek through open fields. A 1-mile section of the trail west of Starner Road to the Fern Picnic Area is also a pet trail.
Good Prairie Trail – .3 mile – easy – hike – grass
Loops around a prairie.
Prairie Warbler Trail – .6 mile – easy to moderate – hike – dirt
Crosses a rolling hilltop, goes around a meadow and through the woods.
Tulip Tree Trail – .6 mile – moderate to difficult – hike – dirt
Loops through the woods along a rolling hillside.

Tips for birding Clear Creek Metro Park
From Ohio Ornithological Society website

About Clear Creek Metro Park
From I-270, take US-33 east toward Lancaster. Go south past Carroll and stay on the bypass. Pass the stoplight at Sugar Grove and go about one mile to Clear Creek Road (County Route 116). Turn right on Clear Creek Road (Sunoco Gas Station on the corner). Picnic areas, facilities, and trails are located along Clear Creek Road for the next seven miles.

Clear Creek Valley is one of the most pristine and secluded natural areas in Central Ohio. Variations of land surfaces, soils and climates have produced a medley of habitats that harbor more than 800 plant species and 150 species of birds, many of them rare.

You may catch a glimpse of turkey, deer, ruffed grouse, coyote, black vultures, or even see the traces of the elusive bobcat along the park’s 12 miles of trails.

Centuries of glacial flooding have cut the valley through the Black Hand sandstone leaving an array of scenic cliffs and rugged rock formations overlooking the creek.

Oak and hickory forests interspersed with giant hemlocks and ferns, along with the last remaining Ohio colonies of rhododendron, provide the perfect backdrop or a getaway from city life.
From Clear Creek Metro Park webpage

Restrooms at locations identified on Clear Creek Metro Park map.