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.
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