There are many great outdoor activities to experience in all seasons. There is an outdoor athletic sports field and family picnic grills. A little-known section of the park is the southwest portion, sometimes referred to as the “Shale Creek Preserve.” It is within this remote section that nature is at its finest, with its seemingly primitive wooded ravines and a most unique natural feature, the “Eternal Flame Falls.”
Wildlife opportunities include scenic driving, forest hiking, biking, and trail explorations. There are places for family and group picnicking, as well as great children's play areas. We also have 12 tennis courts, a disc golf course (www.nrdg.org) and other various informal diamonds.
Winter sports enthusiasts and families can spice up the cold winter months (Dec 1-March 31) with a variety of snow activities including tobogganing, sledding, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing (ungroomed), hiking, and snowmobiling on designated trails. Toboggan chutes are operated from 10 AM- 4 PM on weekends and holidays, and on Fridays from 4 PM- 8 PM (weather permitting/when conditions allow). The sled hill is open daily from 10 AM- 8 PM (when conditions allow). Check under Winter Sports on the Parks home page for daily status.
Chestnut Ridge has 2 indoor buildings available for rent year-round, as well as various shelters available May 1- Oct 15. The Commissioners Cabin is available to rent April 1- Nov 30.
The Lower Meeting Room of the Casino is also available to rent year-round. From December 1- April 15, you may reserve an area for 4 hours. It accommodates approximately 40 people. You may choose from 10 AM- 2 PM or 3 PM- 7 PM. The rest of the year you are able to reserve the entire room. Alcohol is prohibited in the Lower Meeting Room. Great for birthday parties!
Grateful Grind is also located in the Casino, for more information and catering options, click here.
Chestnut Ridge, named by early settlers of the region for the wealth of Great Chestnut trees on the hills. The park is approximately 1231 acres. The Casino, est. in 1925 provided a meeting area for public and private uses. Included in the Casino design was a fireplace, concession counter and observation platform on the upper level- it offered an impressive view of Buffalo to the Canadian shore. A timber and stone structure replaced the original in 1938; this Casino structure remains in commission today.
6121 Chestnut Ridge Road | Orchard Park, NY 14127 | (716) 662-3290