Winters abundance of snow is something children seem to love. Chestnut Ridge Park encourages this passion, a national treasure in our own backyard!
The 1,213-acre park provides opportunities for year round outdoor activities. During winter visitors enjoy ice-skating, sledding, snowshoeing, and tobogganing. There is cross-country skiing on un-groomed trails, with snowmobiling on designated trails.
Toboggan chutes are operated from 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM on weekends and holidays, Fridays from 4:00 PM- 8:00 PM (weather permitting). The sled hill is open daily from 10:00 AM- 8:00 PM.
Summer the wide range of activities include biking, forest hiking, outdoor sports and picnicking.
"One of Erie County's jewels that is loaded with wildlife." The southwest section of the park is known as ‘Shale Creek Preserve’. This remote part exhibits its natural beauty in primitive wooded ravines with a 35-foot high waterfall Eternal Flame Falls with 3 natural gas flames.
Three indoor buildings are available to rent year round, plus a Lower Meeting Room of the Casino. It is styled after a 1925 casino with a meeting room, concessions and observation platform on the upper level with a great view of the city of Buffalo.
The largest park in the Erie County Park system Chestnut Ridge Park is located on Chestnut Ridge Road (route 277) in the south section of Orchard Park NY. The park is 5 miles east of Hamburg NY and 9 miles west of East Aurora. Its name was given to the park by area early settlers due to the great abundance of Chestnut trees on the hills.
The American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) is a large monoecious deciduous tree related to the beech family native to eastern North America. They range in size up to 98’ high and 10’ in diameter. It leaves are up to 8” long by 4” wide with saw tooth edges. Its green nuts in groups of three are lined in tan velvet. The nuts fall to the ground at the first frost in fall. They are edible raw or roasted, and sold on city streets during Christmas season.
Chestnut Ridge Conservancy is a non-profit organization assisting Erie County Parks setting direction for park improvements for community development.
Chestnut Ridge Park
6121 Chestnut Ridge Road
Orchard Park, NY
Orchard Park is a suburb southeast of Buffalo at the junction of route 240 with US 20A with a population of 29,054. In 1803 Didymus C. Kinney first settled in Orchard Park. Sports fans are familiar with home stadium for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Hamburg NY is a town of 56,936 population with historical evidence indicating that the Erie Indians originally settled the area.
Chestnut Ridge Park is an 80 minute drive of 83 miles from Rochester NY. Drive west on I-90 Thruway to Lackawanna exit onto route 219 south, then route 277 south following signs to the park.
A winter visitor made the following comment.
“Seriously some of the best fun I remember sledding.”