Official Travel and Lodging Guide Fairfield County, Ohio: Lancaster-Pickerington

Chestnut Ridge Metro Park
Chestnut Ridge Metro Park Entrance

Metro Parks in Fairfield County, Ohio

Chestnut Ridge

8445 Winchester Road N.W., Carroll, OH 43112 (MAP)

Chestnut Ridge Metro Park

Open 6:30 a.m. to dark

Lat/Long: 39.81027 -82.75365

Chestnut Ridge is part of a Blackhand sandstone ridge once covered by chesnut trees.

Blacklick Woods

6975 E Livingston Ave, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-3015 (MAP)

Blacklick Woods

Open 6:30am to 10pm April through September / 6:30am to 8pm October through March

39.94595 -82.80999 (park)

Visitors can also enjoy wildlife from the open meadows and fields while picnicking at the park. Seasonal ponds host abundant aquatic and plant life.

Clear Creek

185 Clear Creek Road, Rockbridge, OH 43149 (MAP)

Clear Creek Metro Park

Open 6:30am to dark

Lat/Long: 39.59776 -82.54892

The Clear Creek Valley is a special scientific, scenic and geological area. Virtually undeveloped for over 5 miles, this wooded natural area is one of the finest remaining stream valleys left in Ohio. It is the state of Ohio’s largest nature preserve, an area of 4,729 acres. The park is a popular destination for birding enthusiasts. More than 800 vascular plants species are recorded here along with at least 18 nesting warblers.

Pickerington Ponds

7680 Wright Road, Canal Winchester, OH 43110 (MAP)
(614) 891-0700

Heron Pickerington Ponds Metro Park

Open 6:30am to dark

Lat/Long: 39.88451 -82.79878

Designated as one of Ohio’s Important Birding Areas by Audubon Ohio, Pickerington Ponds is a premier spot for observing more than 260 species of birds. The combination of seasonal ponds, and rich wetland vegetation with bordering woodlands serve as a magnet for migrating waterfowl, shore birds and land birds.

Waterfowl floating in the pond, vultures circling above, crickets chirping in the tall grasses make this preserved wetland area which borders on Franklin and Fairfield Counties so special.