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Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve

2200 Gratiot Rd. SE, Newark, OH 43056
+1 614-265-6561
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Hint of fall

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Newark, Ohio
via mobile
Love Blackhand Gourge...

We don't live far from this area and we visit it often. It's a great place to canoe down the... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2017
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2200 Gratiot Rd. SE, Newark, OH 43056
+1 614-265-6561
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
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
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
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
Reviewed 19 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

Thank Janet T
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
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
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Very nice paved path with beautiful scenery along the Licking River. Perfect for biking, running, or walking. Also several hiking trails with clear directions. A must for nature-lovers!

Thank Jenn W
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

There are certainly a lot of good things to see and do here such as the old interurban 🚋 trolley tunnel and a lock of The Ohio & Erie Canal. The trails are well maintained by the park staff and they are easy to get...More

Thank Dave L
Reviewed 16 May 2017

This is a nice nature walk or bike ride. Rustling river, multiple birds, and sceanic bluffs. We found it hard to find, no signs on Hyw 16. We had to ask for directions. Smooth path for strolling, wheelchair accessible. And the Blackhand has been gone...More

Thank 1974AgGigi
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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 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)