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Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve

2200 Gratiot Rd. SE, Newark, OH 43056
+1 614-265-6561
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Family walk to get rid of winter

Scenic views and trails. Wish they offered trails that allow dogs. I love having the river so near... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
G B
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#2 of 50 hikes in ohio!

I like this place a lot! It has amazing hiking trails, a nice bike trail, and a beautiful river to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Svetlana G
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2200 Gratiot Rd. SE, Newark, OH 43056
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Scenic views and trails. Wish they offered trails that allow dogs. I love having the river so near. Wish it was closer to my house - I would walk it every day.

Thank G B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I like this place a lot! It has amazing hiking trails, a nice bike trail, and a beautiful river to kayak/canoe! Most of the trails are pet friendly, the only trail i noticed to have a no pet sign was the red trail- quarry rim...More

Thank Svetlana G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Blackhand Gorge is a great little getaway for those of us in the Newark, Ohio area. While you're there, it feels like you're away from it all, though the S.R. 16 is just around the corner. A beautiful hike in any season.

Thank LFYF
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Fall is the best time to visit the Gorge as we call it! Leaves are changing and the air is getting crisp!

Thank Panthermomof2
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

We don't live far from this area and we visit it often. It's a great place to canoe down the Licking River while looking at beautiful scenery and wildlife. We can see the towpath were the mules pulled the canal boats through. We see the...More

Thank quilt4awhile
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Reviewed 1 August 2017

What a wonderful place to hike! We walked for miles with my kids and mother-in-law. Woods & streams & waterfalls -- definitely worth a visit.

Thank Brian D
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Reviewed 21 July 2017

We came on a hot day so it was a hot hike. We could not tell at the time how long the main trail from the parking was, which distracted from the adventure. Later I found out it is 4.2 miles. We only went on...More

Thank Sightsee_Eat
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Reviewed 20 July 2017

Many people visit this preserve from out of the area to see the old canal locks. However, if you like to hike, stroll slowly or take a scenic bike ride, its nearly 10 mile "rail to trail path" is ideal. You can also do side...More

1  Thank Janet T
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Reviewed 19 July 2017

Tried to rely on GPS coming from I-70 area from the South, and we had issues with no signal, bad directions, etc., but a local resident kept us going in the correct direction! Basically, this Preserve is just south of the town of Taboso, OH......More

Thank CharlieB24
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Reviewed 3 July 2017

Pleasant walk through the woods, with nice views of the gorge. Many deer along the way, as well. Quiet, peaceful, not crowded at all.

Thank Katy1181
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Response from Panthermomof2 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can, as long as they are on a leash
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Jesse R
3 June 2017|
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Response from 1974AgGigi | Reviewed this property |
It is best to start at the Toboso turn. There are primitive bathrooms, parking and a trail map. It is easy walking, biking & wheelchair accessable. (off state route 146 and turnoff of 273)
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