October is Prime Time for hiking. The air is cool and crisp, there's a certain smell and feel, and the colors are amazing. All through October we are going to be hiking one of our amazing MetroParks. This week, We are hiking Chestnut Ridge.
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 out-croppings 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.
We are going to meet at the parking lot and hike the Ridge Trail and Meadows Trail for the best scenery. We'll loop back and look at the Homestead then take the Ridge Trail back to the parking lot.
Directions: From I-270, take U.S. 33 east toward Lancaster. Go about 11 miles and turn right on Winchester Road (Carroll, OH traffic light). Entrance is about 3 miles on the left
Park Map: http://www.metroparks.net/MapChestnutRidge.aspx