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Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve

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Address: 2200 Gratiot Rd. SE, Newark, OH 43056
Phone Number: +1 614-265-6561
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Great Place for Family Photo's!

Our family visited this park for the 2nd time in the last couple of years to get some awesome family photo's for my Christmas cards. A fallen log, the railroad tracks, high cliff... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Columbus, Ohio
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Columbus, Ohio
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family visited this park for the 2nd time in the last couple of years to get some awesome family photo's for my Christmas cards. A fallen log, the railroad tracks, high cliff walls and beach area all beautiful stops along the trail (You need to take the gorge rim trail to see 85% of these - The trail will... More 

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Newark, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great bit of history and nature. Not very easy for wheelchairs. Bike and hiking trails. Free! Fishing and hunting permitted with state licenses. On outside of city. Highway close. Free place to take the family. Picnic areas. Can rent canoes to go down the river.

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Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

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.

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Cincinnati
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

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 the river can be steep.

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Canal Winchester, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

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 a combination of paved walkway along the river and hiking trails to the left. We passed... More 

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Mount Vernon, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

We actually did the walk here earlier this year but I did not write a review. Amazing picturesque view of the river and the gorge. We even saw an eagle flying over the river. Very beautiful and very serene walk. Bug spray and hiking shoes are recommended.

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Springfield, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

The bike path here is amazing! There are cliff walls on both sides of you throughout the trail. This is a paved path along the river. Very scenic. Mostly flat.

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Thank Diane C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

We have gone here a couple of times with a group of friends and enjoyed a nice hike each time. The main trail is paved along the Licking river and there is an off-the-beaten track that is a nice side excursion.

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Pataskala, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

This is a wonderful trail to enjoy nature as the path winds along the Licking River. Some great rock formations as well as beautiful flowers and trees line the sides of the walkway. Side paths are marked for the more adventurous explorers. There are several ponds as well. The trail is about two miles long, with markers along the way.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016

Quite and peaceful with interesting historical features dating back from Indian trails, early settlement and development of rairoads

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