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mountain biking
7 days ago

Decent trail that is well maintained with a gravel surface. About a quarter of the trail had overhead canopy but otherwise you will be in the direct sunlight. Pretty straight forward path with no turns or major inclines. A few scenic older bridges and trusses scattered throughout the trail but otherwise mostly farmland. Good trail for a hybrid bike. Saw a fox and a few miscellaneous birds but otherwise no other wildlife. Nothing spectacular but definitely a pretty decent outting.

Close to home and a great place to get in a quick hike.

Very nice hike. Super scenic and well cared for. I’m sure the mountain bikers have a blast given the fun ramps that are placed throughout the trail. We only had four bikers pass us during the hike- so it was pretty quiet. Only negative is having to walk along the highway a bit. That was a little nerve wracking because cars are zooming past. The other thing to watch for is the narrow muddy paths. I wouldn’t recommend hiking the path if it’s rained recently. You’ll want it to dry out a bit. Another thing to note: this trail is 6 miles. Not the 5 it claims to be. But I definitely recommend it!

hiking
2 months ago

Please be aware that this trail is a mountain bike trail and is not meant to be used by hikers as they present a hazard for cyclists. Several of the reviews on this trail describe the Ridge, Meadows, and Homesite trails that are located in the Chestnut Ridge Metro Park on the east side of Amanda Northern Road. If you are looking to review the metro park hiking trails, please post on the "Chestnut Ridge - Homesite, Meadows, and Ridge Trail" link, which is a much more hiker- and family-friendly trail.

Great trail! Clean paths

great path for easy walk and with dog. nice and shaded and not crowded.

trail running
3 months ago

Visited on 4/7/18. This paved trail would be great for a leisurely walk or bike ride. I made a two hour trip to run this path and it's side trails. The Quarry Rim Trail has some great views of a limestone quarry. The Chestnut Trail has some serious elevation gain with a decent view as payoff. You can access both trails from the main paved path. The wet bridge area has suffered from flooding, so it was extremely muddy when I went through. The Main Parking Lot is paved with quite a few spaces and a bathroom. The West Parking Lot is a small gravel lot off the side of the road. The area is well maintained and I would recommend if you live somewhat close. There is nothing spectacular here, but it's a nice little area to explore.

What lovely trails! The information here isn't quite right though. There's 2 bike trails that total nearly 10 miles. There's 3 gravel hiking trails totalling about 3 miles. It's kind of eerie seeing 100s of chesnut tree skeletons all over the hillsides, some still standing, but a beautiful sight nonetheless.

hiking
5 months ago

beautiful scenery for the area with plenty of history to accompany the views! Lots of areas to enjoy and change up for additional visits.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Trail was closed even though the ranger said it was open yesterday. What’s changed? Very disappointed.

hiking
5 months ago

Edit: before leaving I went to the opposite trail head where I found the woodland trails I was looking for. The paths take you on an immediate climb uphill where you get a view of the gorge from above. Stunning. Well worth a regular visit

hiking
5 months ago

Was expecting more from my first time trip to a highly rated licking county trail. The whole path appears to be paved. I was looking for something more woodsy. Recent flooding and storms have created severe washout on lowland sections of trail; slick mud over blacktop make walking very tedious. About one mile into trail encountered total river washout over the path and was unable to proceed. This trail seems to offer a promising partial day hike with young or inexperienced hikers maybe to picnic farther out. Best to wait until flood waters recede. Will revisit later in summer.

hiking
6 months ago

Walked the red and yellow trails north of the lake (not the trail as shown here). Snow still on the ground and in some instances ours were first tracks in snow not counting the dozens of trails made by creatures. Deer, rabbit, raccoon, coyote and a couple that were definitely none of the above. The trails were well marked which made navigating through the snow easy. We enjoyed it and look forward to returning in the Spring or Summer months.

walking
9 months ago

Great trail with a couple off trail loops you can go around. A lot of great photos can be taken here. Very scenic.

I've run this trail 100 times and I love it. It's only downside is that in the spring the horses can muck it up pretty good and make it a challenge to run.

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

There are a million different paths you can take, trails are pretty well marked, and options to make it more or less difficult. We started on a 2.2 mile path and ended up taking a 3 mile path by taking all of the windy bits. Lots of fun. Even the girls made it.

I did this yesterday it's a good ride with a couple of technical area's which were a short severe incline and desent but there is by passes around them other than that it's an easy ride.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

trail closed when we went by on 7/24...will re rate once we get a chance to check it out

on Blackhand Gorge Trail

walking
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Very beautiful. Totally worth the trip!

Sunday, July 02, 2017

This was a beautiful walk. Saw 2 deer and enjoyed the water views!

I didn't do this exactly but I found alum creek flat repetitive and kind of boring. I went just over 7 miles over the dam in the woods. Highbanks and Blendon Woods are better

Good cover and scenic views. It would benefit from better trail markings/markers and some trail maintenance

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

Small park excellent for getting away from town for a bit. Pretty easy trail around the lake aside from the little trek you have to make up to the railroad tracks. The view of the lake is great from the railroad bridge. Aside from that, I think the trail map as well as the markings on both this trail and the other ones could use a little bit of updating so people don't get lost.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Lots of interesting topography.

Please stay on the established, official paths at all times. Be very cautious near cliffs.

hiking
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Awesome park, great scenery and had excellent weather. Was able to walk the Marie Hickey, Knob Hill, Gorge Rim, Chestnut and Half of the Blackhand Gorge multi use trail.

trail running
Sunday, April 30, 2017

My Cross Country team does our Winter Training here. The hills can be a little steep, but it helps with the XC season. It's a beautiful placce in Spring and Summer, as well.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

sweet walk on a perfect hiking day.

walking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

If you're up for a walk in the woods, this is the place. Watch for roots on trail. Mud an issue up to 10 days after rain. Loop around lake possible if you don't mind crossing stream via RR tracks (smidge of a "climb" to tracks).

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

easy and quick. childhood memory

hiking
Saturday, February 18, 2017

I grew up hiking this trail. I love it. It's a quick, easy hike when you're short on time. There's a lot of history here as well. I will always recommend.

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