Scenic driving, hiking, biking, walking, 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, and other various informal diamonds.
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.”
As a park with natural aquatic features, aquatic alerts of various types may have been issued. Be sure to check these sites below!
- For more information about preventing the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species: www.dec.ny.gov/animals/48221.html
- For more information on Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) visit: https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/83310.html
- To learn more about Fish Consumption Advisories for Western New York, visit https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/outdoors/fish/health_advisories/regional/western.htm
Tobogganing, sledding, downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing (ungroomed), hiking, and snowmobiling on designated trails. Please visit this website for more information on the snowmobiling trail updates. ( www.wnysnowtrails.com ) The sled hill is open daily from 10AM-8PM (when conditions allow). The Ski Tow is operational Wednesday - Friday 3PM-7PM and 10AM-7PM on weekends and holidays. Tobogganing is open on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays from 10AM-4PM. Check under Winter Activities on the Parks home page for daily status.
The Casino Lower Meeting Room may be rented until 7:00PM in the Winter to accomodate functions utilizing the sled hill.
Toboggans and sleds are now available for rent at the concession in the Casino. The 2024 Toboggan Pricing is as such:
|6’ toboggan 1 hour
|6’ toboggan 2 hours
|8’ toboggan 1 hour
|8’ toboggan 2 hours
Chestnut Ridge has 2 indoor buildings available for rent year-round, as well as various shelters available May 15- Oct 15. The Commissioners Cabin is available to rent April 15- Nov 30.
The Lower Meeting Room of the Casino is now available to rent on our reservation page. The space accommodates approximately 60 people, and will be available from 10am - 7PM (Winter) and 10AM - 9PM (Summer). Alcohol is prohibited in the Lower Meeting Room. Great for birthday parties!
NEW! The café in the Casino is now open! Check our social media outlets for the daily schedule and other information!
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.
View shelters at this park - NOTE: In 2024, all shelters in Chestnut Ridge Park have been RENUMBERED. The shelter numbers on the shelter listing and map are updated and their former numbers are shown. PLEASE CHECK CAREFULLY WHEN MAKING YOUR RESERVATION!
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.
The Cafe at the Casino has re-opened under new management! Stop by for a hot chocolate or snack or make catering arrangements for your special function in the park! Drop-off and pick-up arrangements are available. Check out the catering menu HERE.