The Clear Creek Metro Park is a great place to stop en route from Columbus or Cleveland, Ohio to the Hocking Hills. It is part of the Franklin County Metro Parks system. The Clear Creek Metro Park extends the length of the Clear Creek Valley and is a 5000-acre day-use park. Clear Creek lays claim to being home of the largest nature preserve in Ohio.
Clear Creek Metro Park is unique in that is the product overlapping of geological and climactic zones. This has created unique habitats for more than 1,200 native plant species and 150 species of birds have been identified. Clear Creek Metro Park’s has 15 plus miles of trails. Clear Creek Metro Park is a mix of the prairies of the west and the Appalachian forests of the east. Forested areas range from Canadian hemlocks and ferns, to oak and hickory, to Ohio’s last remaining colonies of rhododendron. Abundant plant life includes mountain laurel, maidenhair ferns, pink ladyslipper, skunk cabbage, witch hazel, American chestnut, and persimmon trees.
Visitors may enjoy sightseeing along one of a number of hiking trails, ranging from easy to difficult. Trail length varies from less than a mile to three miles. Pets are allowed to travel along the first mile of the Chestnut Trail. There are several picnic areas making this an ideal stopping point.
Clear Creek Metro Park stretches from northern Hocking County into southern Fairfield County. It is accessible via U.S. 33 and Clear Creek Road (Hocking County Road 116).