Chestnut Ridge Mtb Trail Professional Reviews and 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."
--Johnny Molloy, Best Hikes Near Columbus (Falcon Guides).
"The Ridge Trail is all uphill for the first quarter of this hike. The climb through forested ridge is invigorating, but also informative thanks to several interpretive signs strategically placed along the trail. Once at the ridgetop, you’ll find two observation decks, the first offering a view of the Columbus skyline. Drop to a lower elevation on the Meadows Trail to cross a creek meandering through a mixed grass meadow."
--Robert Loewendick, Five-Star Trails: Columbus (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Hike along a ridge trail more than 150 feet high offering dazzling views of the Columbus skyline from the observation deck, blackhand sandstone, and woodland beauty. The sloping ridge along the 486-acre Chestnut Ridge Metro Park is 4,500 feet long and considered the first ridge among the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. As the park’s name implies, the looming sandstone ridge was once covered with a thick forest of chestnut trees that were a valuable food source for Native Americans and locals."
--Susan Finch, Best Easy Day Hikes: Columbus (Falcon Guides).
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