Location7741 Lewis Center Road, Westerville, OH 43082
Park Size128 Acres
Hours of OperationWinter Hours: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. (November 1 - February 28)
Summer Hours: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. (March 1 - October 31)
DISCOVER YOUR PARK
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 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.
Glacier Ridge Trail
Approximate walking time: 45 minutes; moderate elevation changes
Leashed dogs are allowed on this trail.
Beginning at the parking lot, this 1.7-mile gravel trail winds through a mature woods and along ridges formed by the Wisconsinan Glacier thousands of years ago. The trail crosses forested ravines and passes by wooded wetlands as it traverses the park. The trees are mainly oak, beech, maple and hickory species. A wildlife blind allows visitors to watch wildlife on the pond in the center of the park. As you walk, you may see signs of deer, beavers, squirrels, coyotes, and raccoons. A variety of songbirds and woodpeckers can be observed, as well as several species of wildflowers during the appropriate season. Several distance markers will keep you informed as to your progress along the trail. Look for tree identification signs, and natural indicators – such as tracks and scat – to see what woodland creatures are afoot.