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Orchard Park

Western New York Outdoors
A Parks and Recreation Guide to locations for outdoor adventures in WNY.

Chestnut Ridge
Park in the Town of Orchard Park, Erie County.


The oldest county park has been great fun and open all seasons for 80 years. In the winter time you can sled, toboggan, ski and during the other seasons you can hike or bike numerous trails. The park has abundant picnic areas, groves, wildlife and facilities to enjoy, including the Casino Building.  You can also hike along Shale Creek to the Eternal Flame waterfall off Seufert Road. The Commissioners cabin has a nice pond, but the area is only available via reservation, no fishing access otherwise.

There are many characteristic structures such as grand stone buildings, bridges, water pumps, an old monument on a knoll, and the historic 100 Steps (behind shelter 12) in our largest and busiest Erie County park. Some restoration and maintenence efforts have begun recently improving the parks declining appearance. 


Chestnut Ridge Park

A streets map.

Main Drive

The Commissioners Cabin and pond, MacKinnon shelter and the 100 Steps.

Main Entrance

The Casino and toboggan hill.

West and South Branches

The other side split in half by the Million Dollar shelter road.

Shale Creek

The flaming waterfall off Seufert Road.

Big Gulf

A tributary of Neuman Creek.

Images:  Click on a thumbnail pic to enlarge the image.

Winterfest 2005

Directions and events posted near the main entrance during last weekend of January.

Casino Building

Jan. 28th, 2005 Winterfest weekend at Chestnut Ridge Park.

Toboggan Chutes

Winter time sledding at the Ridge.

Toboggan Hill

A winter view north toward a frozen Lake Erie.

Park Rules

West side entrance open in winter for snowmobilers.


Summer time at Chestnut Ridge Park.


A open shelter picnic area.

South Branch

A hiking trail in the woods along the creek.

Shelter 2

View from Van Ingen Road, on the Casino side.

100 Steps

The historic Hundred Steps take you down in the ravine. A scenic view of the gorge.

The Old Shelter 31

Located off Ward Road. It now looks like new after a rebuild in the summer of 2008.

Water Pump

Classic stone structure at Shelter 31.


Tunnel under Ward Road bridge and small stream.

Shelter 37

Known as the "Million Dollar" site.

Million Dollar

Shelter 37, from Schumaker Road.

Other Related Sites:

Erie County Parks and Recreation - Park shelter map and reservation information.
Erie County Park System Master Plan
Buffalo Orienteering Club - You can purchase a nice printed map copy here.

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