Marie Hickey Loop at Blackhand Gorge

Columbus, Ohio 43266

Marie Hickey Loop at Blackhand Gorge

Marie Hickey Loop at Blackhand Gorge Professional Review and Guide

"This is the forgotten hike of Blackhand Gorge, the one passed over by most visitors to this state nature preserve. Don’t make the same mistake. This circuit oozes solitude and the back of beyond. Hike through deep and hilly woods, then come along the north rim of Blackhand Gorge, where views await.

From there the hike visits a smaller tributary, investigating a deep and dark hemlock copse through which a stream cuts a mini- gorge, complete with waterfalls. Pass more geological features before completing your loop, adding the short Oak Knob Trail, likely without seeing another soul along the way."

More Marie Hickey Loop at Blackhand Gorge Professional Reviews and Guides

"Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve offers hikers two options—a level, paved roadway path and one that caters to the more adventurous. If you prefer solitude on the trail, then the Marie Hickey Trail is your best bet. It rambles over the hills and through the woods, providing views of distant ridges and peeks down 50-foot bluffs to the Licking River below. Add the short Oak Knob Trail and you have a complete set of woodland trails. The trail skirts along the top edges of ravines rich with wildlife. Go slowly so as not to spook the show."

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Trail Information

Columbus
Nearby City
2.4
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1.5-2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Ohio Department of Natural Resources, 2045 Morse Rd., Building C-3, Columbus, OH 43229-6693; (614) 265-6465; http://nature preserves.ohiodnr.gov
Local Contacts
Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve; USGS Toboso, Hanover.
Local Maps

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Nov 2018