Flint Ridge State Memorial
Flint Ridge State Memorial features two trails that wind around open flint quarry pits once mined by local native Americans. The flint was traded with tribes as far away as Florida and Kansas. The trails have a varying surface ranging from soft bare earth to chunks of flint embedded in hard clay. There are many areas where the trail is littered with sharp flint chips. This trail may not be well liked by beginning barefoot hikers for this reason. Anyone hiking these trails barefoot need to watch the path in front of you, and never slide or shuffle your feet where there is flint.
The one mile loop trail starting behind the museum passes by several large quarry pits. The natural flint outcroppings and broken flint can be annoying at times but are quite bearable. Though short, this trail is a nice complement to the museum and a part of the overall educational experience that is the Flint Ridge State Memorial.
The other trailhead is across Flint Ridge Road from the museum driveway. According to museum personnel this trail has not been well maintained lately. The trail itself has only been partially hiked recently by members of our group and no further information is available at this time.
Flint Ridge State Memorial is located southeast of Newark, Ohio at State Route 668 and Flint Ridge Road. From I-70 southeast of Newark take SR 668 (exit 141) north about one mile to Brownsville. Turn left (west) onto US 40. Travel about 0.1 of a mile and turn right (north) to continue on SR 668. Follow this about 3 miles to Flint Ridge Road. Turn right onto Flint Ridge Road and immediately turn right into the park driveway. The park is open from April through October only. Water and rest rooms are available.
Visit the Ohio Historical Society's Flint Ridge State Memorial web page for museum hours and more information. There is an admission charge to the museum for non OHS members.
Taft Reserve is located only five miles west on Flint Ridge Road.
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