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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +648/ -574 ft
Total: 131 riders

Mountain Biking Chestnut Ridge

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#6 of 116 mountain bike trails in Ohio
#492 in the world

Chestnut Ridge is Columbus Metro Parks first and only mountain bike trail. The park is located on a ridge and affords views of Columbus some 17 miles to the north. The park property is in two halves - the eastern half is the pedestrian loop and is a great park for hiking and jogging. The western half is bounded by Amanda Northern Road and Mason Road and the trail occupies nearly all of the property on this side. The trail is comprised of two loops that are to be ridden clockwise. From the parking lot, the trailhead is close to Mason Road and begins as a doubletrack grass path through a field. Once through the field, the trail narrows to singletrack and ducks into the woods. In the woods you will find a junction where the Moderate or More Difficult blue diamond trail climbs through a series of short switchbacks from 909 feet up to 1,352 feet. Once at elevation you will see an evident viewing area to see Columbus before entering the woods. On top of the ridge is a rock garden to navigate through. Eventually, this blue diamond trail descends and meets up again with the Easy green diamond trail near the junction for a great ride through the woods before descending and returning to the parking lot. The green trail is 4.5 miles and the blue trail adds 3.0 miles for a total ride of 7.5 miles as of the opening day of the trail. Another 2.5 mile loop is under construction on the land north of the green loop that, when completed, will bring the trail up to 10.0 miles.

First added by Trail_Jogger on Oct 23, 2011. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From I-270 on the southeast side of Columbus, take SR-33 southeast for 13.3 miles to the stop light near Carroll. Turn right (west) and take Winchester Road NW for 3 miles to Chestnut Ridge Metro Park. Continue past the park entrance sign, then past Amanda-Northern Road NW, to Mason Road NW. Turn left (south) and the trail head parking lot be just up this road on your left. The gravel parking lot and trailhead can be found at 39-48.566N and 082-46.243W. On a map, the park is half way between Lithopolis and Carroll.
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