National Trails Day - Hike, Paddle, Pedal, or Ride! - Licking Park District

Trails at Taft NORTH are CLOSED to horses. Trails at Infirmary Mound Park, Lobdell, and Taft SOUTH are OPEN to horses. The Ohio Canal Greenway remains CLOSED to horses. Bike path closure in Granville between Rotary Bridge & Granville Milling.

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National Trails Day – Hike, Paddle, Pedal, or Ride!

June 3, 2017 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

kayakJune 3rd, 2017 is the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, the countries largest celebration of trails! National Trails Day events will take place in every state across the country, and will include hikes, biking, horseback riding, paddling trips, birdwatching, geocaching, and more! You can join the Licking Park District for three different opportunities to hit the trails! The Licking Park District will offer a paddle through Blackhand Gorge, a guided horseback ride (you bring your own horse) at Taft Reserve, and guided hikes at Infirmary Mound Park. If biking is more your speed, the Licking County Health Department is hosting the ‘Change Gears’ event on the bike paths.

Those interested in the paddle must register. Spots will be limited. Please call 740-587-2535 for more information.

Paddle: SR668-Toboso on the Licking River. We have kayaks and canoes. Spots will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER by MAY 31st. Include your canoe/kayak preference in the comment section. One registration slot per person please – don’t sign up multiple people under one participant on SignupGenius.

When/Where: Between 9:30 AM & 10 AM – Meet at the Blackhand Gorge State Park Gratiot Rd parking lot at 2200 Gratiot Rd SE, Heath, OH 43056. We will shuttle to SR668. THE SHUTTLE WILL LEAVE AT 10 AM.

Length: We will paddle from SR668 to Toboso Rd on the Licking River. The trip will take 2-3 hours, depending on stops in Blackhand Gorge.

Horseback Ride: No riders under 9. Helmets required for riders under 18. You bring your own horse.

When: 12 PM

** LOCATION HAS CHANGED: Where: Taft Reserve–South, Kraner Nature Center, 10383 Fairview Rd, Newark, OH 43055


When: 10AM and 1PM

Where: Infirmary Mound Park, Nature Barn, 4309 Lancaster Rd, Granville, OH 43023


June 3, 2017
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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