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Chestnut Trail is a 4.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lancaster, Ohio that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length 4.2 mi Elevation gain 692 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife No dogs
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Situated less than an hour southeast of Columbus, this family-friendly trail weaves through beautiful forest, sandstone cliffs, and small creeks. The area is lightly trafficked making for a peaceful walk. If you'd like to extend your hike, you can continue onto Cemetery Ridge Trail roughly two miles into this trail. Dogs are not allowed on this trail.

There are bathrooms at the trailhead.

The park is 1.9 miles west of U.S. 33 and Clear Creek Road.

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Rhonda Lown
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peaceful and the patches of hemlock trees are beautiful

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H P
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Nice trail with a decent amount of elevation. Clearly marked and not busy. Nice variety of flora to enjoy. Picnic pavilion and restrooms with flush toilets at trail head.

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Lori Ann
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Good workout. I would rate it moderate to difficult.

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Rick Starkloff
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Great trail

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Kerry Haberkern
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Not especially hard. Very shady. Lots of poison ivy and oak that can be hard to avoid, so plan for it. No big pay off view, but lots to enjoy.

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Matthew Merringer
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Jacobs ladder. Decent overlook. Nothing particularly special. my 2 year old was able to do it with a small amount of carrying

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Alisha Hughes
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Beautiful trail! A lot of incline, so it’s a wonderful workout. Some small stream crossing and some hills can be muddy and very slippery.

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Ryan Junior
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One of the most underrated parks in Ohio. Trails are well maintained and not very crowded. I recommend also doing the Lake Trail & Tulip Trail along with this one. I hiked this in the rain and the trails held up very well and not all that much mud to navigate through/around (and i hate mud).

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Matthew Congleton
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Very nice wooded hike. I parked at the end of Ott Rd. and from there you can go down a 0.7 mile gravel road to the left, which was OK, or down a foot trail to the left which was great! I really liked the two streams that merged into one at the first stream crossing. If you look carefully you can see a couple old roads through the woods, and an old homestead that is now just a pile of rocks. I really enjoyed this wooded hike.

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Brad Seevers
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This is a great trail. Once you get through the initial steep climb, you are on top of the ridge. nice wide trail in case you are worried about social distancing. highly recommend.

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Traci Lowe
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We live on the backside of Metro parks. You can go back Cemetery Rd. off of Bunker Hill Rd. to get to this trail. Park either side of the gate, just don’t block the gate, the rangers have to be able to get in and out. If you get a note on your car that says it’s private property and you will be towed, that is just the short guy that lives on the hill. He DOES NOT have authority to do anything. This is not private property, it is owned by the park. The road is a public road.

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Jennifer Multra
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Lots of elevation change and several creek crossing kept it interesting. The entrance to the trail head is closed at this time.....not sure if it is because of the shelter which would promote a gather of more than 10 people due to Covid-19 restrictions. We parked at Lake Romona, walked up to the lake and turned right on what looks like grassy service road. This led us up to the road that takes you up to the trailhead parking lot. Only thing that I would have like would have been a view overlooking the Creek and neighboring hills. I have not gone to most metro parks because of their “no dogs” policy, but this was a nice park and would consider coming back even if it isn’t with my trusty canine companion.

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Angela Billingslea
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Best of the best! Some really challenging inclines, but the views are well worth it! Can't wait to go back and experience it in the Spring or Summer.

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Chad Dinger
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Nicole Nicole Savage
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clearly marked trail

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Jason Kusner
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Laurel Cogdill
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We did this trail along with the Lake Trail to get close to 6 miles in total. Both trails are rugged and have some pretty challenging elevation changes (especially the Lake Trail). Beautiful scenery in both trails. Chestnut Trail has spots where you can see the greenery going all down the gorge. The Lake Trail often has neat mushroom bunches growing along the trail. It feels like you’re in a magical forest or something like that. Highly recommend!

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Kylee Burnside
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Wonderful hike! Very pretty. There are some steep inclines at some points. Shaded the entire hike.

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Andy Kai
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Mark Rylance
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Victoria Livingston
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Ashley Rodriguez
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Richie Evener
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Todd Evener
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Keith Hopeck
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Ben Kendrick
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Katherine Beach
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sarah shy
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Richie Evener
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