Chestnut Ridge County Park, Orchard Park

#190 of 407 in Parks in New York State
Chestnut Ridge Park is a 1213acre park in Orchard Park, New York, originally named for the chestnut trees on its hills. It is currently the largest park operated by the Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, and is open year-round.The Chestnut Ridge Park property was acquired by Erie County in 1926, and it was one of the first parks established by the county. The park's facilities and landscapes were improved substantially by the Works Progress Administration throughout the 1930s.Facilities and Attractions The park has facilities and space for tennis, hiking, disc golf, snowmobiling, sledding and other outdoor activities. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has held summer concerts at the base of the sledding hill, which provides an amphitheater-like setting. On a clear day, the sledding hill offers views of Buffalo and Lake Erie. Toboggan chutes also operate on the sled hill during the winter. The Eternal Flame Falls, a small waterfall containing a natural "eternal flame," is located within the park. The falls are situated within what was once known as the Shale Creek Preserve, a wilderness area formerly owned by the Buffalo Museum of Science. A tower facility used for firefighter training is located on the premises. Although said to be one of the largest county parks in the United States, at least one larger county park is located nearby. The 2500acre Mendon Ponds Park, a county park in Monroe County, New York, is situated approximately away.
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  • This weekend produced another fantastic car enthusiast event at the Ridge. What appeared to be around 300 collector and Muscle cars set in the beautiful Chestnut Ridge Park. A t great event cars music...  more »
  • Little hike. Less than a mile from park entrance. Trail was marked which takes you right there. Walk up the creek which was dry at the time i went and you will spot the flame. On way back from flame t...  more »
  • Fun for families to walk, jog, sled, picnic. Lots of trails, short and long, for a great outdoor experience.  more »
  • Wonderful park! Literally so much to do here. They have a giant hill for sledding or just playing on, there are a bunch of tennis courts, there is an absolutely stellar disc golf course, there are shelters to picnic at, and there is so much wooded area to hike through. Plus there is a creek on both sides of the park that you can explore. Oh and there is also gas-lit falls!
  • The crown jewel of the Erie County parks system. Loads of hiking trails, picnic areas and shelters. A favorite in the winter with tobaggon runs and great cross-country skiing.
  • Great place for hiking, running, biking, etc. There is a sled hill there in the winter as well. Great place to spend the day no matter what time of year!
  • I work there we take great care to ensure the park is as clean as possible
  • Awesome trails atmosphere views and not much traffic

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