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Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve

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Paved trail

There is a 4 mile paved path for walking or bicycles. The grade is very forgiving - we were able to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
David C
Great place for everyday walk, bike, or hike

Nice paved trail for taking a long walk (about 4 miles if you do the whole thing). I like to go... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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2200 Gratiot Rd. SE, Newark, OH 43056
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a 4 mile paved path for walking or bicycles. The grade is very forgiving - we were able to easily navigate with a wheelchair. There are shorter, unpaved trails, but we did not walk them. We enjoyed being along the river, and seeing...More

Thank David C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice paved trail for taking a long walk (about 4 miles if you do the whole thing). I like to go there when it is wet or snowy and don't want to trudge through my own woods and get my feet muddy. Nice side trails...More

Thank Scenic556363
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Walked the paved main trail. We went two miles out of the four mile total. Of course we had to walk back two miles as the trail is along the Licking River. Good views of the river and the Blackhand Sandstone including a cut for...More

Thank Tom B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great hiking trails for both bicycles and foot trails. Main trail is hardtop and then there are side trails for the more adventurous.

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Reviewed 27 August 2018

Be sure to read the walls when you walk through them. They are full of names of the people that first settled in the area.

Thank Trish L
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Nice place to walk and enjoy nature!! My son also enjoyed riding his bike there. There are a few places you can sit besides the ground while walking.

Thank buxton701
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Great place to hike especially in the fall. Trail has been repaved, but the path to the gorge is beautiful.

Thank Timothy C
Reviewed 7 August 2018

This is one of my favorites that I have visited that is a pleasant little gem you weren't quite expecting.

Thank K4Wolf
Reviewed 28 June 2018

We stayed on the smooth level bike path along the Licking. Worth the trip to go through the Great Gorge Cut. There are many hiking trails that may be taken. Take a few minutes to admire the Picture Post Card town of Toboso..

Thank _wharmon3
Reviewed 19 June 2018

I have visited many times, and twice have taken a canoe trip through the gorge. Wonderful views, history, and a delight for grandchildren.

Thank John A
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Jenny V
16 October 2017|
Response from Panthermomof2 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can, as long as they are on a leash
Jesse R
3 June 2017|
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Response from Tigercar5 | Reviewed this property |
If you start at the beginning of the trail it will show you along the way the different things you want to look for. If you want to take pics of where the tunnel is you want to start on the other side of the Licking River... More