There are many great outdoor activities to experience in all seasons. There is an outdoor athletic sports field as well as 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, which offer court lighting from April 15th - September 30th each year, 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, downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing (ungroomed), hiking, and snowmobiling on designated trails. The sled hill is open daily from 10AM-7PM (when conditions allow). The Ski Tow is operational Wednesday - Friday 4PM-7PM and 10AM-7PM on weekends and holidays. Check under Winter Activities 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; click for more information and catering options.
Chestnut Ridge, named by early settlers of the region for the wealth of Great Chestnut trees on the hills. The park is approximately 1151 acres. The Casino, est. in 1925 provided a meeting area for public and private uses. Included in the Casino designs were 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.
Make your shelter/building reservation online or call (716) 858-8355 from 8:00 to 3:45 weekdays.
The Chestnut Ridge Conservancy is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization established to work closely with the Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry to be of help as an added resource for restoration and improvements to, and the hosting of events, in Chestnut Ridge Park. Generous contributions of time and talent from our Board of Directors as well as financial contributions from the public make our mission possible.