Chestnut Ridge Hike

Columbus, Ohio

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Purportedly the ?rst Appalachian mountain rising southeast of Columbus, Chestnut Ridge presents a circuit hike past springs, a rock quarry, and wooded slopes, and atop a high ridge where views await. Continue along the ridge, with its slopes dropping steeply o? either side of you. Descend the mount to bridge a stream pouring o? the ridge. Toward the end a side trek takes you to the gardens and remains of a formerly fancy homestead. The climb up Chestnut Ridge is under 200 feet, making it doable by almost all hikers, especially when you consider the relatively short distance of the overall hike.
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by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

Purportedly the ?rst Appalachian mountain rising southeast of Columbus, Chestnut Ridge presents a circuit hike past springs, a rock quarry, and wooded slopes, and atop a high ridge where views await. Continue along the ridge, with its slopes dropping steeply o? either side of you.

Descend the mount to bridge a stream pouring o? the ridge. Toward the end a side trek takes you to the gardens and remains of a formerly fancy homestead. The climb up Chestnut Ridge is under 200 feet, making it doable by almost all hikers, especially when you consider the relatively short distance of the overall hike.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Columbus
Distance: 2.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Metro Parks, 1069 W. Main St., Westerville, OH 43081; (614) 891-0700; www.metroparks.net
Local Maps: Chestnut Ridge Metro Park; USGS Canal Winchester
Driving Directions: Directions to Chestnut Ridge Hike

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