Fall Hike at Chestnut Ridge

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

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  • Diana

    Sorry, I missed this hike. I had the wrong day. I went today!

    October 9, 2013

  • Peg

    Sorry I missed this hike, was feeling sick after work. :(

    October 8, 2013

    • Linda K.

      Maybe next Tuesday.

      1 · October 9, 2013

  • Nancy E.

    Too short but beautiful!

    1 · October 8, 2013

  • Sarah

    Hi there. I've never done any kind of hiking with any group - is this something every day people can come to? If so, what should we be prepared for? And if not, how do we get involved for hikes next year?

    October 7, 2013

    • Jeff

      If you can walk (and perhaps a little fast), you are qualified. Many paths are gravel or grass, sometimes uneven, so wear supportive shoes, but nothing more than hiking or athletic shoes are needed. Strong legs and some endurance to go the distance (depending on the hike, mileage is usually listed in that Meetup) listed. This one looks like 2 plus miles.

      October 8, 2013

    • Mike

      Just sign up and show up.

      October 8, 2013

  • Jeff

    Which parking lot? I see there are two on the map, I've not been to this park before. From the park entrance, is it the first or second one you come to?

    October 7, 2013

    • Mike

      1st parking lot

      October 7, 2013

  • Angela D.

    Hi Mike or anyone else, that may be able to answer, are dogs allowed to join us?

    October 7, 2013

    • Nancy E.

      I was there recently and saw signs that said "No dogs on Nature Trails."

      1 · October 7, 2013

    • Nancy E.

      Metro Park info:[masked]

      1 · October 7, 2013

  • Laura

    Mike - I am sorry to miss this hike - had 2 conflicts some up and did changed my RSVP but not sure if it registered or not. Enjoy the park.

    October 7, 2013

  • Gabrielle K.

    I'm working a 12 tomorrow;-)

    October 7, 2013

  • Cierra F.

    I would love to go. Is there anyone that resides near Gender Rd/Refugee Rd that can give me a ride? I can pitch in for gas $.

    October 7, 2013

  • ChaChee K.

    Can't make Chestnut Ridge and may not be able to make the next one either.Have my Gardening Club Meeting the second Tuesday of each month and my Inniswood Quarterly meeting not sure when but its always on a Tuesday evening.

    September 2, 2013

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