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Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve, Newark

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4.8/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
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  • 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. 
  • 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...  read more »
  • My wife and I decided to check out Black Hand Gorge on a whim. We are so glad we did. We only went down as far as the railroad bridge but we can't wait to go back and finish the entire thing. We took ...  read more »
  • On the east side of Newark is this lovely area, a paved bike and hiking trail—a converted rail bed—next to the Licking River going through a very scenic gorge. Apparently, it was called "Blackhand" after Indian hand paintings on the cliff walls. There are some nice little waterfalls in the tributary dales along the trail, as well as some sandstone cliffs of the sort you'll find in the Hocking Hills. Old canal towpaths and locks are nearby. Also interesting is a notch or gap cut through a hillside, which is a little like a roofless tunnel.
  • Absolutely gorgeous with lovely trails. This is the perfect place to go for an afternoon. Do remember to check out the other less-traveled trails off Rock Haven Road, though some of them aren't very well marked.
  • Great to walk the rail to trail between Toboso and 668 Brownsville Rd SE GREAT BIKE RIDE HISTORIC CANAL LOCKS BLACK HAND ROCK QUARRY APR4U
  • went kayaking here a few weeks back, it was a great time! water level was pretty low so we scared a few times and we hardly saw any other groups on the water. Enjoyed very much!
  • So beautiful and there was a wonderful breeze...all the trees protected me from too much exposure to the sun!
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