As its name implies, the ridge at Chestnut Ridge Metro Park was once covered with chestnut trees. But an imported tree introduced a deadly fungus, and the native chestnut forest vanished. All that is left is a few old roots still poking out of the ground, visible as you walk the trails. Less touched by human interaction or the passage of time are the blackhand sandstone bedrock out-croppings. Chestnut Ridge provides a quick getaway from the noise of the city. Located southeast of Columbus, the park provides hiking trails, picnic areas, fishing, a playground and most importantly peace and quiet. The observation deck is just a short hike from the parking lot and puts you above the treetops for an excellent view. The park features 2.5 miles of trails.