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Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve

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Address: 2200 Gratiot Rd. SE, Newark, OH 43056
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I visited Blackhand State Preserve for a solo hike. I was overwhelmed by breathtaking views, and friendly wildlife! I had the area to myself and was rewarded with close several... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
joescuba92
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited Blackhand State Preserve for a solo hike. I was overwhelmed by breathtaking views, and friendly wildlife! I had the area to myself and was rewarded with close several encounters with deer that did not bound off! I took the hiking trails for the first 4.6 miles, and returned to my starting point via the bike trail. A must... More 

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Zanesville, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My dad and I used to go for walks out there back in the 1960's when it was still privately owned land~there were no restrooms, signs talking about it or paved trail but it was still a beautiful place to hike. I moved away from this area for over 40 years and didn't get to visit Black Hand Gorge but... More 

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Thank Tigercar5
Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great place to walk or hike. Beautiful park by the river. A lot of interesting sights, rock formation. Also has bike trail. Good place to visit. Pet friendly.

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Thank Mytreep
Pataskala, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

We came hear with our dog. Some easy trails to walk and a pretty neat old lock from the canal days. Not far from newark or Zanesville. Pretty area. We enjoyed our day trip.

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Thank BDNRHarris
Pataskala
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

Blackhand Gorge is a must see for anyone who loves nature. You can walk, bike or run on the paved trail. You do have to stay on the paved trail or the marked dirt trails as this is a nature preserve. Its beautiful year round but especially nice when its hot because the trees form a wonderful canopy over most... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

I've done this stretch quite a few times because it's convenient and absolutely gorgeous! Easy in and out at the livery. It's about 1 1/2 hours from Brownsville to the gorge and 3 hours if you put in at Staddens Bridge. There's a couple shallow spots that give you a little trouble but not bad at all and the views... More 

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Thank Errin J
Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Our family visited this park for the 2nd time in the last couple of years to get some awesome family photo's for my Christmas cards. A fallen log, the railroad tracks, high cliff walls and beach area all beautiful stops along the trail (You need to take the gorge rim trail to see 85% of these - The trail will... More 

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Thank Lori L
Newark, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Great bit of history and nature. Not very easy for wheelchairs. Bike and hiking trails. Free! Fishing and hunting permitted with state licenses. On outside of city. Highway close. Free place to take the family. Picnic areas. Can rent canoes to go down the river.

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Thank Marsha D
Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Lovely preserve that caters to walkers and hikers. Expect to find families and friendly dogs out there enjoying great weather and the opportunity to escape busy workdays for some peace and quiet.

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Cincinnati
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Be prepare to walk to be able to see the sights of the gorge. The park has a main trail of about 4 miles one way. Off the trail, there are ways of accessing the gorge. Wear good shoes as the access to the river can be steep.

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