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. The flint 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 forest itself is worthy of attention. 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 prehistoric 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, drinking water, and restrooms is available for visitors to the memorial.
15300 Flint Ridge Rd.
Glenford, OH 43739
Mailing Address: Flint Ridge
c/o Pat Weaver
3800 Pleasant Chapel Rd . SE
Newark, Ohio 43056
1-800-283-8707 (toll free)
Site Manager: Pat Weaver
May - October
Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Year Round: Daylight Hours
Students (Grades K-12): $1.00
Children (5 & under): Free
Ohio Historical Society Members: FREE
AAA and senior discounts given. Military discounts are available to all active military and their dependents.
Visiting Flint Ridge State Memorial is a trip to a site that has seen human activity for as long as there have been people in Ohio. Flint Ridge seems to have been well known in the ancient world, as small amounts of Flint Ridge flint have been found at Native American sites across the present-day eastern United States. Because of this flint's great beauty, it has been respected throughout the ages as the tools, weapons, and ceremonial objects of native cultures and in modern times in the production of jewelry.
Students experience how flint was formed, why people used flint for tools and weapons, how the flint was worked out of the ground, what could be made from this colorful stone, and what sets Flint Ridge flint apart from other flints in America.
Flint Ridge is located at the intersection of County Roads 668 and 312 (Flint Ridge Rd.) near Brownsville in Licking County and just 4 miles north of I-70.