Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve

Newark, Ohio

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This is one beautiful hike, a must-do for all central Ohioans. Take the Blackhand Trail into a deepening gorge along the Licking River, and enjoy blu?s towering over the river while traversing a user-friendly paved path. Take the Chestnut Trail, climbing along the gorge rim. Backtrack toward the trailhead, then take the Quarry Rim Trail to explore water-?lled sandstone quarries that o?er contrasting beauty. If the distance is too much, you can tailor the hike to suit your desires.
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by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

This is one beautiful hike, a must-do for all central Ohioans. Take the Blackhand Trail into a deepening gorge along the Licking River, and enjoy blu?s towering over the river while traversing a user-friendly paved path.

Take the Chestnut Trail, climbing along the gorge rim. Backtrack toward the trailhead, then take the Quarry Rim Trail to explore water-?lled sandstone quarries that o?er contrasting beauty. If the distance is too much, you can tailor the hike to suit your desires.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Newark
Distance: 7.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3.5- 5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 2045 Morse Rd., Building C-3, Columbus, OH 43229-6693; (614) 265-6453; www.dnr.state.oh.us
Local Maps: Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve; USGS Toboso, Hanover
Driving Directions: Directions to Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve

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