6121 Chestnut Ridge Road | Orchard Park, NY 14127 | (716) 662-3290
For shelter/building reservations call (716) 858-8355 from 8:00 to 3:45 weekdays or
Bicycling, Accessible Facilities, Hiking Trails, Picnic Areas, Cross-country skiing, Sledding, Snowmobiling, Tennis, Toboggan Chutes, Disc Golf
"One of Erie County's jewels that is loaded with wildlife"
Chestnut Ridge, named by early settlers of the region for the wealth of Great Chestnut trees on the hills. The park is approximately 1213 acres. The structural foundation of the parks Adirondack shelters are composed of converted timber from the diseased Great American Chestnut trees. 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.
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 November 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. Great for birthday parties!
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 and other various informal diamonds.
- 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). The sled hill is open daily from 10 AM- 8 PM. Please call 858-8513 for weekday winter sports/ activities updates.