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Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve

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Address: 2200 Gratiot Rd. SE, Newark, OH 43056
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+1 614-265-6561

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Great place to walk!

Great place to walk or hike. Beautiful park by the river. A lot of interesting sights, rock formation. Also has bike trail. Good place to visit. Pet friendly.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to walk or hike. Beautiful park by the river. A lot of interesting sights, rock formation. Also has bike trail. Good place to visit. Pet friendly.

Thank Mytreep
Pataskala, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came hear with our dog. Some easy trails to walk and a pretty neat old lock from the canal days. Not far from newark or Zanesville. Pretty area. We enjoyed our day trip.

Thank BDNRHarris
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Blackhand Gorge is a must see for anyone who loves nature. You can walk, bike or run on the paved trail. You do have to stay on the paved trail or the marked dirt trails as this is a nature preserve. Its beautiful year round but especially nice when its hot because the trees form a wonderful canopy over most... More 

Thank Saphyre13
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

I've done this stretch quite a few times because it's convenient and absolutely gorgeous! Easy in and out at the livery. It's about 1 1/2 hours from Brownsville to the gorge and 3 hours if you put in at Staddens Bridge. There's a couple shallow spots that give you a little trouble but not bad at all and the views... More 

Thank Errin J
Columbus, Ohio
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

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 

Thank Lori L
Newark, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 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.

Thank Marsha D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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.

Thank TravelLover0022
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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.

Thank LiketoeatCincinnati
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 

Thank mysempai
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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