Char-Mar Ridge Preserve

128 acres

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 opened in 2007.


  • 1.7 mile Loop Trail
  • Picnic Area
  • Restrooms and drinking fountain
  • Bicycle Racks
  • Wildlife Blind, with a display about Char-Mar wildlife

Hours of Operation (effective Nov. 1, 2014)

Winter Hours: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. (November 1 - February 28)

Summer Hours: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. (March 1 - October 31)

Rules and Regulations

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7741 Lewis Center Road
Westerville, OH 43082