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Flint Ridge Ancient Quarries & Nature Preserve

Flint Ridge contains quarry pits where all of the ancient people of Ohio came to get flint for both tools and weapons. The flint was also a trade item for many of these people and was especially prized by the Hopewell Culture for its quality and beauty. A walk through the site brings home how hard people labored to remove this material from the earth.

The hardwood forest has some magnificent examples of the trees that created a leafy canopy over much of Ohio. Wildflowers in the spring and colors in the fall all are part of the site. Many species of wildlife abound in the forest as well.

The museum at Flint Ridge is built around a restored pre-historic quarry pit and explains both the digging and shaping of flint. The unique geology of the area is also a feature of the displays. The site includes a museum shop that features flint as a gemstone with locally manufactured jewelry.

A picnic area with tables, grills and restrooms is available for visitors to the memorial.

Flint Ridge Ancient Quarries & Nature Preserve
15300 Flint Ridge Road

Glenford, Ohio 43739

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Toll-Free: (800) 283-8707

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Sunday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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$3/Adults,$1/Students (K-12),Free(5 & under): FREE
OHS members/FREE
Adult: 4.00 - 4.00
18 and over
Student: 1.00 - 1.00
Child: FREE
5 and under
Member: FREE
Ohio Historical Society

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Flint Ridge Flint

These points, made from Flint Ridge flint, are on display in the museum. cultures for 2,000 years prized the colorful flint in making tools, weapons and jewelry.

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  • Licking County Birding
    by Partner Author

    Enjoy the sights and sounds of birding in Licking County. 

    Start your day off at Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve. 
    Black Hand Gorge State Nature Preserve is a 970-acre area with both paved and unpaved trails. Blackhand Trail is a 4.26 mile paved wheelchair accessible trail that essentially follows a former railway bed along the south side of the Licking River.  Pileated Woodpeckers, Great Blue Heron, Warblers, Orioles, Scarlet Tanagers and many more species can be spotted here.

    Next, drive to Flint Ridge State Memorial. The Loop Trail can be accessed from the Flint Ridge museum. Other trails are also available. Check at Museum for brochure/map. The habitat is mostly mature/second growth woodland.  Some birds of interest are Cerulean, Kentucky and Hooded Warblers and Yellow-throated Vireo.

    After a long day settle in at Cherry Valley Lodge, located in Newark, Ohio.  The lodge is the nation’s only hotel featuring a beautiful arboretum and botanical garden with many chances to view Bluebirds and Purple Martins on the property.  Access to the Licking County Bike Trail is also available at Cherry Valley Lodge.

    Dawes Arboretum is the first stop on day two.  Here you will find an 1,800 acre tree and plant collection, as well as 4.5 miles of paved auto tour and 8.0 miles of mulch/gravel hiking trails on the west or main grounds.  There is a viewing window in the nature center where many winged visitors like to eat and bathe.
    The Hebron State Fish Hatchery is a 230-acre facility acquired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1982. This hatchery has 63 ponds, 13 indoor rearing troughs, 25 acres of wetlands, and 50 wooded acres with 2.5 miles of nature trails. As one of the Division of Wildlife’s “Watchable Wildlife Areas,” the hatchery attracts bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts.  A Self-Guided Tour and trail maps are available in the Administration/Education Building. 

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