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This is a very nice hike that provides a bit of elevation change, a nice little piece of pine forest, some interesting rock formations, and at least one nice summer view. Well worth the side trip if near the Hocking Hills region.

Trail is marked very well, really enjoyed my hike here.

Great running trail. Paved and partially shaded. No dogs allowed on this path.

Cool trail in your backyard. Very well maintained trail. There is enough parking. Starts out with about a half mile gravel path, then goes to a flat dirt path, later there is some inclines and minor switch backs. It was a pleasant moderate hike. I did both loops in 2 hours including stops for pictures along the way. It was super hot which was nice, If you like that sort of thing. 2L of water was sufficient. A bit more bugs than some of the other trails I have been on, but nothing crazy. I liked the different aesthetics of the different sections of the trail, there is a small creek, a cool area with pine needles covering the ground, one overlook, and a cool little clearing under the tree canopy. Nice afternoon solo hike. Enjoy.

Some great views, trail well marked with low foot traffic

Great trail for walks with your dog

good workout, some switchbacks. couple steep inclines but consider it moderate hike.

hiking
15 days ago

This rim trail hike was very beautiful. After a rain, you need to be careful. There are signs and warnings indicating people have fallen to their death or serious bodily injury. On the day we went, it was two days after a rain and the ground was wet in many areas. We then hiked into the gorge which I thought was a little more beautiful.

Great trail for walking or running, my wife and I got to see a baby deer with her mother

Loved this trail! It was beautiful! It sounds s a moderate trail which gets the heart rate going at times lol but I thoroughly enjoyed being in touch with nature!

hiking
19 days ago

Love this area and the overlooks are absolutely breathtaking

Good trail for local residents. Park area is fun for kids. No spectacular views but nice walk through forest.

Nice walk. All paved, which is nice for strollers. Had to turn back a couple of times due to high water. Lots of flowers and butterflies and birds. Many picnic areas in either shade or open sunshine.

I'd really rate it 4.5, but I can't. We did the orange loop and then the blue, coming back down the "backbone" part. I would say it was really a moderate hike, not difficult, but with a couple of steep hills. My 11 year old and 7 year old completed the entire thing with no problems and minimal whining. We saw box turtles, a northern ring snake, Indian Pipe flowers and some beautiful scenery.

The Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve is near SR-33 and SR-22 near the Lancaster bypass. The trail begins at the Mink Hollow covered bridge over Arney Run then leads up a gravel road, past a gate, and along a double track trail to two loops. The first loop is Jacob's Ladder where there is a picturesque view to the west. The second loop is Christmas Rocks loop named for the Christmas ferns that line the trail. There are many "No Trespassing" signs but they only pertain to the properties to the left and right of the road. The nature preserve owns the road and trail loops. On the far end of the Christmas Rocks loop are wooden steps down a cliff. They are NOT part of the trail and just lead down to a hunting lodge. The trail is rated "Hard" only for the part of the trail that climbs the cliff face up to the view on Jacob's Ladder. Approached from the other orange trailhead where you'll see wooden steps the trail is no more than "Moderate" The best time to photograph the view is in the very early morning with the sunrise to your back illuminating the valley to the northwest.

hiking
1 month ago

I really enjoy walking the loops in this park. It is an excellent place for nordic walking and doing a quick fitness round for 60-90 minutes. There is a pleasant mixture of woods and fields with the possibility of spotting deer, raccoons, squirrels, cardinals, blue jays and other birds. A large part of the field is left to grow naturally and produces many different wild flowers. The park is probably the best kept secret in west Columbus

Wow! What a pleasant surprise! I read a few reviews and decided to give this trail a try on a weekday afternoon. We only saw one other couple the entire time. Park by the covered bridge & follow the arrow to the trailhead. Don’t let the stroll up the gravel drive fool you. There is some fun and fairly challenging terrain awaiting you. I would suggest doing the blue loop first and then circling back to do the orange loop. Take your time on the blue loop to marvel in the biodiversity of the flora in this area. Beautiful, tall Tulip trees & a dense pine forest. If you come back on the far end (closest to the blue loop) of the orange trail, you’ll finish out the hike with a spectacular view that makes you forget you are in Ohio and a fun clamber down the steep section of the trail. A great way to spend an afternoon enjoying the best of what our state has to offer in terms of natural resources. Great job ODNR!

Great trail!!! Improved and clearly marked. Lots of bridges over the stream. Good mix of inclines with one big push at the end of the 1st mile. Mostly forest cover to keep sun and light rain out. A bit close to the road but if it’s an weekday it’s barely noticeable. Also a weird 1/4 mile with a half dozen natural gas fixtures as you approach the fire tower. Definitely one of my favorite trails in central OH.

Really gets the heart pumping

Awesome views. Keep children close at hand. Some parts of the trail lead you right along the cliff edge.

walking
1 month ago

Nice park, well maintained. Not a lot to look at. It's paved, so it's a good path for those with strollers.

hiking
1 month ago

We really liked this place. There are intersections everywhere, and the map is similar to having grid paper laid across a mountain. Trails were challenging but not overly so, and there was plenty to look at. We will be back!

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.

Located off SR-33 between Columbus and Lancaster, Chestnut Ridge is the first ridge in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The site of the Metro Park was originally a quarry for the sandstone used in the canal locks along the Athens spur of the Ohio and Erie Canal. The property was then bought by Dr. Edward Campbell who built a homestead near the top of the ridge and the property was later donated to be used as this park. People often sit on the benches in the homestead property to read. Now that SR-33 has a bypass past Carroll, only the park-goers know about this hidden gem. The wide variety of trees and a constant change of scenery make this trail worth the drive. Adjacent to, but not connected with, this park is also the Chestnut Ridge mountain bike park that features a 5-mile "easy" loop and a 4-mile "moderate" loop.

Great trail to get the heart pumping. Lots of up and down and good length.

Beautiful from start to finish. The trail is very close to the edge of the cliff at times but oh so worth the fright. It can be strenuous at times due to the steps and incline at the beginning but this levels out and the rest of the hike is relaxing and easy. My favorite part: very few hikers on a Friday.

I really loved this hike, but mostly for personal reasons. I was in town for the weekend and needed to deeply ponder a life changing decision so I went on a hike, and, in that regard, it was as good as it gets. I was completely all alone (no bikers blazing by, no unleashed dogs) - just me, the trees and the breeze. It was awesome and just what I needed. I did both loops and toward the end hit the one magical view which was absolutely peaceful and serene. Well marked and maintained trail that I think I’d rate more as moderate though my calves did get a little burn along the way.

hiking
2 months ago

Love this trail!

hiking
2 months ago

If you are one who regularly pounds the pavement, this Trail would be a nice change of pace. This app and my walk involved about 3 trails, the actual Mingo trail is only about 2.5 miles of mostly exposed field made by a mower. I would come back to this trail if I were short on time, but otherwise I'd go with other more wooded ones instead.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a super easy, flat, and paved two miles. Normally it's not the kind of trail that I prefer, but it's great for an easy walk. Most of it is through wooded areas with a few that seem to be a little on the swampy side, but that could just be because of the time of year. the breeze was pleasant and it wasn't overly exposed anywhere and I like that there are other nearby trails in the area for those who want to make their walk a little longer.

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