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6:30am to dark
Clear Creek Metro Park features over 5,300 acres of woodland interspersed with blackhand sandstone cliffs, ravines and creeks and is home to more than 2,200 species of plants and animals. Forested areas range from Canadian hemlocks and ferns, to oak and hickory, to Ohio’s last remaining colonies of rhododendron. Home to Ohio’s largest state nature preserve.
Picnic Areas: Fern and Creekside Meadows
2 Picnic Areas
- Picnic Tables
- Vault Restrooms
Hiking trails around picnic areas totaling approximately 7 miles.
Barnebey-Hambleton Day Use Area
From U.S. 33, area is located approximately 4 miles down Clear Creek Road, near county line. Area is in Fairfield County.
Picnic Areas: Valleyview and Ironwood
2 Large Open Shelters
- Picnic Tables
- One non-reservable family shelter in Valleyview Picnic Area only, with grills and restrooms. Capacity 30.
2.5 miles – moderate to difficult – hike – dirt and gravel
Begins with a steep zigzag ascent through the woods peaking at about 700 feet. At the top of the ridge the trail alternates between forest and meadows.
1.7 miles – moderate to difficult –hike – dirt
Goes along a steep ridge and through a forest with pines and hemlocks.
0.9 miles – moderate to difficult – hike – dirt
Winds through the woods to an observation deck overlooking Lake Ramona.
0.3 miles – easy – hike – dirt and gravel
Loops around a prairie.
0.6 miles – easy to moderate – hike – dirt
Crosses a rolling hilltop, goes around a meadow and through the woods.
2.2 miles – difficult –hike/pets(first mile) – dirt and gravel
Goes through valleys with sandstone formations and crosses forested ridges.
0.6 miles – moderate to difficult – hike – dirt
Loops through the woods along a rolling hillside.
1.5 miles – difficult – hike –dirt and gravel
Descends and ascends a steep ravine and goes through shady hemlock groves, sandstone outcroppings, a carpet of ferns and ridges topped with hardwood trees.
1.7 miles – easy – hike – grass
Follows the banks of Clear Creek through open fields.
Full Panoramic view on the Trail
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Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Forty acres of the course’s 235 acres are natural area—a place where birds and birdies peacefully coexist. Audubon International has certified the golf courses as a Cooperative Sanctuary for their comprehensive environmental management and protection of wildlife habitats. Metro Parks has developed the courses with a long-range vision of protection and enhancement of the natural environment.
Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Blacklick Woods features 643 acres of woods, fields, seasonal swamp ponds, a small prairie and a golf course. It has one of the best remaining beech-maple forests in Central Ohio along with a buttonbush swamp. The forest areas are laced with trails that wind through a swamp forest with oak and white ash along with red maple, elm, shagbark, bitternut hickory and dogwood.
Galloway, Ohio. Battelle Darby features more than 7,000 acres of forest, prairies and wetlands. It stretches along 13 miles of the Big and Little Darby Creeks, both State and National Scenic Rivers. Besides the areas surrounding the creeks, there are also over 200 acres of restored wetlands and prairies. Bison have been reintroduced to the park and roam freely within two enclosed pastures.
Westerville, Ohio. Blendon Woods contains spectacular stream-cut ravines with exposed ripple rock sandstone and open fields surrounded by beech-maple and oak-hickory forests. The 653-acre park is a great place to see a variety of songbirds, waterfowl and other wildlife, especially the flock of wild turkeys meandering about in search of food. The 118-acre Walden Waterfowl Refuge with its 11-acre Thoreau Lake provides a sanctuary for hundreds of birds, ducks and other wildlife. Open year-round, it features two elevated observation shelters with spotting scopes for viewing waterfowl.
Carroll, Ohio. Chestnut Ridge is the first ridge in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The ridge spans about 4,500 feet and rises to about 1,116 feet. 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.
Rockbridge, Ohio. Clear Creek Metro Park features 5300 acres of woodland interspersed with blackhand sandstone cliffs, ravines and creeks and is home to more than 2,200 species of plants and animals. Forested areas range from Canadian hemlocks and ferns, to oak and hickory, to Ohio’s last remaining colonies of rhododendron. Home to Ohio’s largest state nature preserve.
Plain City, Ohio. Glacier Ridge was named for the end moraine or glacial debris left behind when the glaciers retreated some 12,000 to 17,000 years ago. Much of the 1,037-acre park was once covered with farmland. Visitors can traverse a boardwalk through the Honda Wetlands Area or climb a 25-foot observation tower to see waterfowl and other animals.