Blackhand to Quarry Rim Trail

Zanesville, Ohio 43702

Blackhand to Quarry Rim Trail

Blackhand to Quarry Rim Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Blackhand sandstone gets its name from an image of a large hand that was once carved into the sandstone walls of Blackhand Gorge. It’s believed that this hand was engraved by Native Americans as a directional sign to the flint deposits at nearby Flint Ridge.

A 2.4-mile loop beginning from the main parking lot on the east end of the preserve allows you to take in the main attractions of the preserve. Begin on the asphalt Blackhand Trail. Shortly you’ll come to an overlook spur that lets you view the buttonbush swamp, named for the plant’s round flowers. Return to the main trail and then hop on the Quarry Rim Trail, a 1.0-mile side path that, as the name implies, takes you around the lip of an old sandstone quarry that was in operation from the 1870s to the 1920s. From this trail you get good views of tall sandstone walls jutting out of the old quarry, now filled with water."

Blackhand to Quarry Rim Trail Trip Reports

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10/8/2011
Pleasant and easy walk. Nice views of gorge, not many people around
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4/12/2009
Beautiful trail. Great scenery. The best times are in the fall and spring. If you are willing to do a little climbing there are some sweet waterfalls hiding caves around the end of mile 2 on the left-hand side (coming from Toboso).
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1/22/2008
This is a very easy hike a good early warm fall day hike. The country is beautiful and if you read the history of the area before going on the hike you will see things as they were years ago.
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Trail Information

Zanesville
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
1.9
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
About 1 hour
Duration
Mar through Oct and in winter after a snowfall
Season
Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve
Local Contacts
USGS: Zanesville
Local Maps