A trail that winds up and down and along a ravine system characterizes Char-Mar Ridge Preserve, located in Genoa Township. Visitors will notice the meandering stream – and 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.
Birds and other wildlife are typical of a woodland habitat, but visitors will sometimes be surprised by aquatic wildlife that enter the park from adjacent Hoover Reservoir. The Genoa bike trail, part of the Ohio to Erie Trail, crosses the western edge of the park.
Char-Mar Ridge Preserve was acquired through a bargain sale of 113 acres in 2000. An additional adjoining 15 acres were purchased in 2003. The park was named in remembrance of the love and support of a grandmother (Charlotte – Char) and a mother (Maria – Mar), who were instrumental in the lives of the former owner. The word "Ridge" in the name is derived from a physical feature in the park. The park opened in 2007.
1.7 mile Loop Trail
Restrooms and drinking fountain
Wildlife Blind, with a display about Char-Mar wildlife
Hours of Operation:
8 a.m. - Sunset, 365 days a year