This path has some of the best scenery Ohio has to offer: a flowing river, spring water trickling from steep rock ledges, rock formations and cool, thick woods. The trail also crosses a creek and passes between a huge section of rock that had been blasted through to allow a previous rail line to pass.
Aside from the scenic beauty along the paved trail, there are also several hiking trails to explore in the gorge. One such trail on the opposite side of the river features a tunnel through solid rock that at one time allowed an electric rail line to pass through. I spotted several canoers on the river, which suggests there may be a canoe livery nearby allowing one to get yet another perspective on the gorge.
Parking and Trail Access
Parking available on both ends of trail. Trail Location: Licking County, approx. 10 miles east of downtown Newark. Take Rt. 16 east of Newark; turn right on Rt. 146 & right on Toboso Rd. Look for Blackhand Gorge sign on right. West end of trail is off Brushy Fork Rd. Take Brownsville Rd. south (off Rt. 16), turn left on Brushy Fork & look for a small unmarked parking lot that will soon appear on your left.
Facilities on the trail: Latrine at east end of the trail (no running water).
How would this be for hiking?
I joined RTT so I could find trails to hike with my dog. Would this are work?
dentists love it.
Lost every filling in my head... Wear an NFL approved mouth guard if you ride this trail.
Short but very nice.
I will add my pictures later... This is a test to see if I can post.