7741 Lewis Center Road Westerville, Ohio 43082Char-Mar Ridge Preserve webpage
A trail that winds up and down and along a ravine system characterizes Char-Mar Ridge Park, located in Genoa Township. Visitors will notice the meandering stream and the footprints of many animals and birds that walk along its banks. Glacial erratics, remnants of the Wisconsinan Glacier that retreated from central Ohio thousands of years ago, are scattered here and there.
Watch for woodland wildlife, including white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, and woodpeckers. A large pond features a wildlife blind where park visitors can view waterfowl, including great blue herons, green herons, and diving and dabbling ducks. Wood duck boxes are situated near the shore to support the population of these brightly-feathered perching ducks.
Birds, including Red-headed Woodpeckers and Baltimore Orioles, visit the feeders near the wildlife blind. Beavers and turtles also inhabit this pond. The park is home to Jefferson and Small-mouthed Salamanders, and Two-lined Salamanders have been found in the creek, attesting to the high water quality.
Along the Glacier Ridge Trail is a Natural Play Area. Here, kids of all ages can jump from stump to stump, enjoy a hut made of sticks, and find other creative ways to have fun in the outdoors.
The Genoa Multiuse Trail, part of the Ohio to Erie Trail, crosses the western edge of the park.
Char-Mar Ridge Park was acquired through a bargain sale of 113 acres in 2000, and fifteen adjoining acres were purchased in 2003. The park opened in 2007.
Char-Mar Ridge Preserve Trails
The Glacier Ridge Trail at Char-Mar Ridge Preserve is a 1.5-mile loop.
The AllTrails website has a description and map of a hike at Char-Mar Ridge Preserve.
Restrooms on site.
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