Welcome to the Licking Park District

Licking County's parks, bike paths & trails provide excellent enjoyment of outdoor activities and our nature areas. Individuals and families use them to participate in healthy recreation and educational programs, and to support local environment protection and conservation.

The 13 facilities and related programs, managed by Licking Park District, also enhance the cultural and economic quality of communities across Licking County.

  • More than 1600 acres
  • 25 miles of recreational trails
  • 24 miles of bike paths

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Trail Status

Trail Status as of: 3/11/2015

Spring has sprung and along with much appreciated warmer weather, Spring comes with wet, sensitive trail conditions.

Trails at Infirmary Mound Park, Lobdell Reserve and Taft Reserve are now CLOSED to HORSES due to extremely wet and degraded conditions. Conditions will be closely monitored and trails reopened as soon as there is sufficient improvement in condition for safety and maintaining the integrity of the trails.

Always "Call Before You Haul" to the Trail Hotline 740.349.4823, or check our Facebook page or website www.lickingparkdistrict.com before heading out to the trails at any of our locations. Trail closure signs will also be prominent at the horse trailer parking areas.
If you wish to receive email notifications of trail status changes, send us an email at lickingparkdistrict@Lcounty.com and we will add you to our trail status notification list!

Upcoming Events

Curious Kids- The Works
Curious Kids is a wonderful program held every Tuesday at The Works. Each Tuesday brings a new art or science related theme for kids to explore. Participation in Curious Kids is included with museum admission.
During the school year (September - May), Curious Kids themes focus on pre-school age children (2-6 years). In the summer (June - August), children up to 12 years of age can enjoy awesome hands-on workshops hosted in partnership with businesses and organizations from all around central Ohio.

April 7 - 10:30AM- Licking Park District-- Licking Park District- Grow as We Go
All living things grow and change over their lifetime, including wildlife. We’ll explore how local animals change over the course of their life. Bring a baby picture so we can see how you’ve changed!

May 5 - 10:30AM- Licking Park District-- Licking Park District- Bird Beak Buffet
The size and shape of a bird’s beak enables it to eat certain kinds of foods. Children will learn about the special adaptations of bird beaks through activity stations.

Saturday Morning Hike- Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve

When: Saturday March 28, 2015, 11AM-1:30PM
Where: Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve, 2200 Gratiot Rd SE, Newark, OH 43056

Join us every month in 2015 on the 4th Saturday morning for a hike along the paths and trails of the park district highlighting the flora and fauna of Licking County. This month we will be joined by OSU geologist Dan Leavell for a walking tour of Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve. Blackhand Gorge offers excellent exposures of the Black Hand sandstone, which was quarried to build the Ohio and Erie Canal and for quartz to make bottles and jars in nearby Newark. We’ll visit quarries, old transportation relics and Black Hand Rock. Although never glaciated, the area has a unique environment more typical of the glaciated north. Come learn why the Black Hand sandstone has led to the development of much of central Ohio scenic nature. Sponsored by the Friends of Blackhand Gorge and the Licking Park District.

Full Moon Hike: Vernal Amphibians
When: Friday, April 3, 2015, 7-8:30PM

Where: Morris Woods State Nature Preserve, 7495 Dutch Lane, Johnstown, OH

The first sounds of spring begin with the croak of the Wood Frog and the call of the Spring Peeper. Join Licking Park District staff and volunteers as we explore the vernal pools and ponds at Morris Woods State Nature Preserve! Tonight, we’ll be listening and looking for evidence of these inceptive vernal residents. Please dress appropriately for muddy conditions and off trail hiking.