Spring Hike at Clear Creek

Beautiful.  Scenic.  Challenging.  What is the best word to describe Clear Creek Metro Park?

We will meet at the Creekside Meadows Picnic Area and hike the Cemetary Ridge Trail, Fern Trail and Creekside Trail.  With the Hemlock Trail optinional.  Overall this will be 5-7 miles.

Carpool Info:  We will meet at Kaplan College (2745 Winchester Pike, Columbus, OH)  at 9 AM.

Directions:  
From I-270, take U.S. 33 east toward Lancaster. Go about 31 miles to Clear Creek Road (Country Route 116 - Sunoco gas station on the corner). Turn right on Clear Creek Road. Picnic areas, facilities and trails are located along Clear Creek Road for the next seven miles.

Park Map:  http://www.metroparks.net/MapClearCreek.aspx

 

More Info:  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.

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

 

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  • Aaron

    Vigorous and beautiful!

    April 6, 2013

  • Rose B.

    Looks like it's going to be a great day for a hike but unfortunately, something else has come up so I won't be able to make it. Have Fun.

    April 6, 2013

  • John M. M.

    illness

    April 5, 2013

  • Brian

    I plan to go. I have never been to this park or out with this group. Looking forward to both.

    April 5, 2013

  • Steven

    Sounds like fun! I will bring a minivan to the carpool, so can bring 6 extra people.

    April 5, 2013

  • Chris

    Sorry, I have to skip. Tax day looms.

    April 5, 2013

  • Gwen H.

    change in plan have to cancel looking forward to next hike.

    April 5, 2013

  • Diane

    just can't make it...enjoy

    April 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thinking about doing this; it would be my first one with you all. I'm not sure if this is explained somewhere, but can I bring my leashed dog?

    April 4, 2013

  • Dave R

    Was really looking forward to Clear Creek, but I'm recovering from rotator cuff shoulder and am a few weeks away from being active again. (*sigh*)

    April 3, 2013

  • Jeff

    Found out I'm working Saturday :( Of all the luck. I was looking forward to this.

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • Jeff

    If the weather is good enough to ride my motorcylcle, I will be there barring any unforeseen circumstances. I'm itching to get back in the saddle but need a fun destination and activity at the end of the road and this may fill the bill. Check bck l8r

    March 31, 2013

    • Aaron

      I plan to ride, too--I rode down there a few weeks ago when it was still around freezing and it was a great ride down 33.

      March 31, 2013

    • Jeff

      Found out I'm working Saturday :( Of all the luck. I was looking forward to this.

      April 3, 2013

  • Nicole

    Anyone want to carpool from the north intersection of 23 and 270?

    1 · April 2, 2013

    • Jeff

      If i go I'll be on my bike, got a helmet? :) dress warmly.

      April 2, 2013

    • Jeff

      Found out I'm working Saturday :( Of all the luck. I was looking forward to this.

      April 3, 2013

  • Blair

    Any thoughts on how long this may take? I have to be back (and presentable for society) by 5:30 that evening.

    April 2, 2013

  • Katina

    I found out i have to work so i cannot come now.

    April 2, 2013

  • Dave R

    D'Oh! I see missed the carpool information related to meeting at Kaplan College @9am.

    Nicole, did you catch it?

    April 2, 2013

  • Tara Krung H.

    Just remembered I have late Easter dinner with family...boo :(

    April 2, 2013

  • Mike

    Due to a family emergency, I will not be able to host this event. Can anybody else host this? I'd hate to cancel it.

    March 30, 2013

    • Nicole

      I could, except i don't know the park =/

      April 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry about a schedule change. I was looking forward to getting started this spring.

    April 2, 2013

  • ed m.

    Does anyone know how many miles we will be hiking?

    April 1, 2013

    • Mike

      7 miles with the Hemlock Trail

      April 1, 2013

  • Dave R

    Do folks ever car pool (from Columbus) for hikes like these?

    April 1, 2013

  • Janis J.

    Plans have changed, gotta get patio garden pruned. Darn household chores!

    April 1, 2013

  • Katina

    Since I live near Lancaster, I will meet everyone there. This will be my first hike with the group but I have hiked this trail before. A very rugged hike indeed!

    1 · March 31, 2013

  • Janice P.

    sorry..scheduling change. Hope to see you all soon!

    March 31, 2013

  • Janis J.

    This is beautiful area, did 11 miles back in Sept 2011.... so I'm hoping that I can still do this.

    March 24, 2013

  • Don

    I remember when this was an abandoned OSU research facility.

    March 12, 2013

    • Mike

      sounds like a Scooby Doo cartoon

      March 12, 2013

  • Diane D.

    Exploring a new to me park

    March 10, 2013

  • Nick

    Mike---sorry to miss this one, we love CC. Waiting for the Alley Park outing....

    March 9, 2013

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