Summary: For over 10,000 years, residents of this area mined the 20 mile ridge for high quality flint to shape into knives, arrowheads and other tools. This early industry produced flint tools that have been found all over the eastern half of to continent. In fact, archeologists have found dumps of tools from other regions as the natives came to Flint Ridge and threw away their inferior tools in favor of those made with flint from here.
There are several trails through the state park, including a paved secition for handicapped access. The QuarryTrail takes you through an area of 60' diameter 20' deep pits where the flint was mined. The Creek Trail is about a mile of woodland down off the ridge a little bit.
You will find flint outcroppings all along the trail. Pick up a piece and feel the sharp edges that make flint such a great tool material but do not take it with you. As an archiological site, it is illegal to take flint or any artifacts you may find.
Trailhead: 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.
Each Labor Day weekend, Flint Ridge hosts a Knap-In, a gathering of flint knappers and workers in other primive arts. This is a great time to visit this trail to see just how the flint from this area were shaped into tools. (Lat:39.98725 Lon:-82.2622)
Trail Guides for Flint Ridge State Park:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Flint Ridge State Memorial Park Office: 800-283-8707
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Kevin Geiselman, who has posted 96 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Pat on 5/24/2011
As site manager of Flint Ridge Park, I wanted everyone to know that we now have another trail opened up across the road from our main entrance. It is the Ravine Trail and has been cleared and the trees marked so you won't loose your way. It passes a bench at the edge of the ravine that is a beautiful spot to take a break and then makes a loop and goes back out past the bench again. Our group, the Licking Valley Heritage So., took over the management of the park in 2009 and has made many improvements. Come see us!!
Reviewed by r.p on 9/30/2010
i love hicking ive done it
Reviewed by don on 5/14/2008
it is great to be able to hike and see for your self where early man gathered his flint for tools. flintridge flint is the best flint in the world. trails are easy to walk and the gift shop has all kinds of goodys to purchase. the staff is great and will take care of you. i highly recommend you visit this park
Reviewed by BarborakFamily on 9/1/2007
After moving into the area, we have definately appreciated visiting the park. Beautifully cared for; a fun, relaxing place to go with the family and a favorite of my 6yo daughter and 8yo and 11 yo sons. I hear that one of our local Boy Scouts is dong his Eagle Scout project at Flint Ridge. He is getting help from local historians and Natives in order to create an "interperative trail" that will greatly enhance visitors' enjoyment and understanding of the park's importance to Native peoples (and all peoples).
Reviewed by Melissa on 6/28/2007
FlintRidge is beautiful. It is a very nice hike...from what we were able to see. We have not made it through the entire site, yet. We plan to do it a little at a time. If you visit the Gift Shop/ Museum, it is extremely nice and a treat indeed. You will be greeted by the nicest person I have ever met, her name is Cora. She really know her stuff about the museum/ gift shop items. We try to make sure that we make it up there as much as possible to take a hike and most importantly to us - we love the gift shop items. It is well worth the trip.
Reviewed by Crystal on 7/16/2005
I grew up near the State Park & I would ride my bike there every summer from the time I was probably 12 until I got my car at 16. It would take me about 2 hours to get to & from my home on Sand Hollow Rd just off of Rt.40. Even with all the tremendous hills, I truely enjoyed my journey. Now as an mom of 3 boys, my trips to Flint Ridge are even greater! I take them out there & we hike, picnic, visit the museum & look at & take pictures of the great flint. Of course, my boys want peices of flint for themselves, so afterwards we go to my Aunt's house on Ballou Rd off of Flint Ridge Rd & she lets us go "Flint" picking on her farm. Memories are definitely made & passed on at Flint Ridge & I am thankful for that! You should go make some too!
Reviewed by SMM on 9/22/2004
Loved it! iwent with my mom and dad and we had a blast! we thank you! from the fam.
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