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Chestnut Ridge (486 acres)
Open 6:30 a.m. to dark
39.81027    -82.75365

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. 

More than 70 species of birds have been counted at the park in a single day. Wood ducks, green heron and mallards flourish in the park's wetlands and 2-acre pond. 

Chestnut Ridge provides a quick getaway from the noise of the city. Located southeast of Columbus, the park provides hiking trails, picnic areas, fishing for children aged 15 and younger, a playground and—most importantly—peace and quiet. The observation deck is just a short hike from the parking lot and puts you above the treetops for an excellent view.

The park features 2.4 miles of trails. Chestnut Ridge is also home to a Mountain Bike Trail, built by COMBO (Central Ohio Mountain Bike Organization). The trail can be accessed from a parking lot located off Mason Road. The nine-mile trail (five miles easy, with a four-mile loop along the way that is moderately difficult) is one-direction only (clockwise) and walkers, joggers and pets are prohibited. In times of heavy rain, the trail may have to be closed for safety reasons. Notices will be posted on Facebook and Twitter when the Chestnut Ridge Mountain Bike Trail is closed, as soon as the park notifies us. Alternatively, you may call the park at 614.837.8760 or the park dispatcher at 614.620.1865. Typically, they will not know before 7am if the trail has to be closed on any particular day.

  • Hiking trails
  • Picnicking
  • Fishing (children
      15 and younger,
      adults 60 and
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Playground equipment
  • Nature programs
  • Shelters


    8445 Winchester Road N.W.
    Carroll, OH 43112
    (northwestern Fairfield County)

    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.

    Pond: Children 15 and younger and adults 60 and older can fish from the pond's two docks. An observation deck for viewing waterfowl and wildlife is also available.

    Program Area: Old limestone seats make this a favorite gathering place for school groups.