Chestnut Ridge

Accessible FacilitiesAccessible Facilities bicyclingBicycling disc golfDisc Golf hiking trailsHiking Trails picnic areaPicnic Area  cross-countrySkiing: Cross-Country sleddingSledding snowmobilingSnowmobiling tennisTennis toboggan chutesToboggan Chutes

Park Features

Activities

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.”

Summer

  • 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

  • Winter sports enthusiasts and families can spice up the cold winter months with a variety of snow activities including tobogganing, sledding, snowboarding, snow shoeing, 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). Please call 858-8513 for weekday winter sports/ activities updates.

At this Park
MacKinnon Lodge
80
Enclosed
Yes
Yes
Close
Yes
Exclusive use of softball diamond is included in rental.
$225
Martin
150
Enclosed. Includes Refrigerator and Stove
Yes
Yes
Close
Yes
Playground is not at facility, but is nearby.
$200
Shelter 2
100
Open
No
Yes
Close
Yes
N/A
$120
Shelter 3
100
Open
No
Yes
Close
Yes
N/A
$120
Shelter 4
32
Open
No
Yes
Far
No
N/A
$70
Casino Meeting RM
60
Enclosed; Alcohol is prohibited
Yes
No
Close
Yes
Playground is located at the other end of the building.
$70
Shelter 5
70
Open
No
Yes
Close
Yes
N/A
$95
40
Enclosed; Alcohol is prohibited
Yes
No
Close
Yes
Playground located at the other end of the building.
$70
40
Enclosed; Alcohol is prohibited
Yes
Yes
Close
Yes
Playground located at the other end of the building.
$70
Shelter 6
100
Open
No
Yes
Close
Yes
N/A
$120
Shelter 7
32
Open
No
Yes
Close
No
Frisbee Golf
$70
Shelter 7A
100
Open
No
Yes
Far
No
Frisbee Golf
$95
Shelter 8
100
Open
No
Yes
Far
Yes
Frisbee Golf
$95
Shelter 9
100
Open
No
Yes
Close
No
N/A
$120
Shelter 9A
100
Open
No
Yes
Close
No
N/A
$120
Shelter 10
50
Open
No
Yes
Close
No
N/A
$120
Shelter 11
20
Open
No
Yes
Close
Yes
N/A
$70
Commissioners Cabin
50
Enclosed Full Kitchen
Yes
Yes
Close
No
Reservoir/Fishing Access
$175
Shelter 12
100
Open
No
Yes
Close
Yes
N/A
$120
Shelter 13
100
Open
No
Yes
Close
Yes
N/A
$120
Shelter 14
65
Open
No
Yes
Close
Yes
N/A
$120
Shelter 15
60
Open
No
Yes
Close
Yes
N/A
$120
Shelter 18
100
Open
No
Yes
Far
No
N/A
$120
Shelter 19
100
Open
No
Yes
Far
No
N/A
$120
Shelter 19A
32
Open
No
Yes
Close
Yes
N/A
$70
Shelter 20
32
Open
No
Yes
Close
Yes
N/A
$70
Shelter 21
100
Open
No
Yes
Close
Yes
N/A
$120
Shelter 23
100
Open
No
Yes
Close
Yes
N/A
$95
Shelter 24
32
Open
No
Yes
Far
No
N/A
$70
Shelter 26
32
Open
No
Yes
Close
Yes
N/A
$70
Shelter 27
32
Open
No
Yes
Close
Yes
N/A
$70
Shelter 27A
32
Open
No
Yes
Far
Yes
N/A
$70
Shelter 28A
32
Open
No
Yes
Close
Yes
Playground is not at shelter, but is nearby.
$70
Shelter 29
100
Open
No
Yes
Far
Yes
N/A
$95
Shelter 29A
32
Open
No
Yes
Far
Yes
N/A
$70
Shelter 30
100
Open
No
Yes
Far
Yes
N/A
$95
Shelter 31
80
Open
No
Yes
Close
Yes
N/A
$120
Shelter 37
100
Open
No
Yes
Close
No
$95

Park Facilities

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!

History

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.

Park Information

6121 Chestnut Ridge Road | Orchard Park, NY 14127 | (716) 662-3290

park map

Map of the Eternal Flame Trail

Make your shelter/building reservation online or call (716) 858-8355 from 8:00 to 3:45 weekdays.

View shelters at this park

Facilities

Accessible FacilitiesAccessible Facilities, bicyclingBicycling, disc golfDisc Golf, hiking trailsHiking Trails, picnic areaPicnic Area,  cross-countrySkiing: Cross-Country, sleddingSledding, snowmobilingSnowmobiling, tennisTennis, toboggan chutesToboggan Chutes,

Modified: June 24, 2016 4:35pm

Reservations

Services

Frequently Requested Pages

Contact

Phone: (716) 858-8355

Erie County Parks, Recreation & Forestry
Edward A. Rath County Office Building
95 Franklin Street, Rm 1260
Buffalo, New York 14202