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Clear Creek Metro Park

The Clear Creek valley extends from the intersection of Clear Creek with the Hocking River in the east to the town of Revenge in the west. In 1996 the valley officially opened as Clear Creek Metro Park, part of the Franklin County Metro Parks system. The beauty of the Clear Creek valley comes from the overlap of geologic and climate zones. Here the prairies of the west meet the Appalachian forests of the east. Canadian hemlocks pushed south by glaciers meet southern species such as rhododendron. And it all rests on a bedrock of Blackhand sandstone.

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Clear Creek Winter Wonderland - This is a great drive after a snow, peaceful and tranquil except for oposing traffic.

The topography of the park is extremely rugged, with many steep ravines, rock outcroppings and cliff faces. While hemlocks and ferns prefer the cool ravines, the hillsides are covered with oak forests. Open fields on the ridgetops and in the valley provide habitat for meadow plants and animals, and wetlands along the creek create homes for sycamore trees and waterfowl.

Over 1200 plant species have been identified in Clear Creek. Among the standouts are mountain laurel, little gray polypody, maidenhair ferns, horsetail, pink ladyslipper, skunk cabbage, witch hazel, American chestnut, and persimmon trees.

The valley is home to over 150 species of birds, including black vultures, eastern bluebirds, veeries, wood thrush, great blue heron, woodcock, wild turkey, and many species of warblers.

Evidence of beaver activity is easily found near the creek, but bobcats live more secretive lives among the rock ledges. Chipmunks rustle among fallen leaves and deer sightings are frequent.

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Written Rock - Many carvings on this rock, hence the name. Clear Creek Road near Rockbridge.

Much of the land in Clear Creek Metro Park comes from three sources. The Allen F. Beck and Emily Benua families had been acquiring and preserving valley properties for decades, and Oscar Barnebey owned valley land on which the Camp Indianola church camp was built. The Ohio State University later converted the church camp to the Barnebey Center, a natural resources lab. In the late 1960's there was talk of damming the valley and turning it into a reservoir. After this project was defeated, the Beck and Benua families began donating their land to the Franklin County Metro Park system. When OSU abandoned the Barnebey Center, Metro Parks was able to buy it. The park now contains about 5,000 acres of woods and fields.

Clear Creek Metro Park will always retain its semi-primitive nature. Future development will provide more trails, picnic spots, and areas for nature program presentations, but there will also be sections kept closed to the public for the preservation of rare and endangered species.

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Rock Overhang on Clear Creek Road - One of the first points of interest going out Clear Creek Road. Just off of Rt. 33 near Rockbridge.

Picnic areas and trailheads are located at several points along Clear Creek road.

Location Map
Calendar of Events
METRO FIVE-0: Level 4 Solstice Hike
Wed Jun 21

10:00 am. Ages Seniors.

Take a rugged, 3-mile back country hike on the longest day of the year.

Please be prepared to hike over rugged, hilly terrain. Please bring drinking water and trail snacks.

Meeting Place is Park Office

Park Office

185 Clear Creek Road

Rockbridge, OH 43149

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Clear Creek Metro Park, Phone: 740-969-9001

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
METRO FIVE-0: Level 4 Butterfly Monitoring
Tue Jul 11

9:30 am. Ages Seniors.

Take a 2.5-mile walk with staff and volunteers to learn about our butterfly monitoring efforts and see what species we can find.

Please be prepared for hiking hilly terrain and for sun exposure. Please bring drinking water.

Meeting Place is Fern Parking Lot

Fern Parking Lot

22937 Co. Rd. 116 (Clear Creek Rd.)

Rockbridge, OH 43149

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Clear Creek Metro Park, Phone: 740-969-9001

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Fly Fishing Beyond the Basics
Sat Jul 22

1:00 pm.

Wade in Clear Creek and see if you can catch fish with a fly rod. Basic knowledge of fly fishing or attendance at the June 17th program is required.

Meeting Place is Fern Parking Lot

Fern Parking Lot

22937 Co. Rd. 116 (Clear Creek Rd.)

Rockbridge, OH 43149

Ages 8-17, Adults, Seniors.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Clear Creek Metro Park, Phone: 740-969-9001

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
What Mushrooms Do
Tue Jul 25

10:00 am.

Join us for a 1-mile mushroom identification walk and learn about the importance of fungi.

Meeting Place is Thomas-Mathias Parking Lot

Thomas-Mathias Parking Lot

24950 Co. Rd. 116 (Clear Creek Rd.)

Rockbridge, OH 43149

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Clear Creek Metro Park, Phone: 740-969-9001

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
Trail Side Yoga
Sat Jul 29

8:30 am.

Take a 2-mile back-country hike and practice some simple yoga postures and breath awareness along the way.

Please bring water as we do not have drinking water available at the park. You may wish to bring or wear sunscreen, insect repellent or whatever you may need for your comfort in the summer forest. We will not use yoga mats for this program.

Meeting Place is Park Office

Park Office

185 Clear Creek Road

Rockbridge, OH 43149

Age Range - Adults and Seniors.

Cost: Free Event

Contact: Clear Creek Metro Park, Phone: 740-969-9001

Interest Tags: Outdoor Activity, Family Oriented, Special Interest, Wildlife,
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