The Licking Park District’s latest trail improvement has been completed. The project connects Canal Park in Hebron to the existing Ohio Canal Greenway. “This is important, as there was no obvious connection to the 4-mile trail that extends along the old canal towpath, under I-70, over the covered bridge at the state fish hatchery, and ending at State Route 79, west of Buckeye Lake. The Ohio Canal Greenway connector, at Canal Park in Hebron, makes a safe connection to the park, and opens up a walking/hiking trail to the community and other park users,” said Bob Williams, Director, of the Licking Park District.
Funding from the LPD general fund was released in early June and the project was completed on July 27th. The Village of Hebron council members showed their support, of the trail, by voting in favor of the trail connector. “Licking Park District has helped us out in a good way with this historic area, and we hope to continue that relationship,” said Ralph Wise, Village of Hebron administrator. ADR and Associates in Newark designed the project while Gosnell Services, LLC of Hebron handled the construction.
The Ohio Canal Greenway is a multi-use rail-trail of cinder, grass, and gravel just south of Hebron, located on the old canal towpath. The trail is an excellent place for bird-watching, fishing, horse trail riding, and hiking. An interesting feature is the wooden truss, covered bridge built in 1992. Parking for visitors is available at Canal Park on Canal Road in Hebron. Horse riders can park their trailers at the Hebron State Fish Hatchery taking care to leave the lot clean upon departure.
Whether you come to have fun, learn, relax, observe, play, or attend an event…LPD welcomes you!