Outdoor Recreation in Licking County | Licking Park District

Trails at Taft Reserve will be closed to all users Saturday Oct 21 until 3pm. Trails on Lobdell Disc Golf Course will be closed to horses Oct 20 & 21.

Outdoor Recreation 

Get Outside!  Enjoy the fun that awaits you at the parks and on the trails.

In the Parks
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The parks within the Licking Park District system are great destinations for an afternoon or day away.  Enjoy many of the activities available to you across the County.

  • Dog Park
  • Trails for Hiking and Biking
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Picnic Tables
  • Shelters
  • Disc Golf
  • Streams and Rivers
  • Lakes and Ponds
  • Ancient Mounds
  • Open fields and Meadows
  • Equestrian Arena
On the Trails

Trails in the Parks – each of our parks has many miles of trails for hiking, biking, and equestrian riding.  Infirmary Mound Park, Lobdell Reserve and Taft Reserve North have trailer parking for equestrian riders. Multi-Use Paved Trails – There are over 40 miles of paved trails throughout the County used for walking, running, biking and more.  The TJ Evans Trail runs through Johnstown, Alexandria, Granville, and Newark.  The Panhandle Trail runs east from Newark to the County line.  The Buckeye Scenic Trail runs through Heath, then south of Irving-Wick to Lakewood Schools on Rt 40.  The Ohio Canal Greenway Trail runs from Canal Park in Hebron, past the State Fish Hatchery, and ends at Rt 79.

On the Water 

The Licking River is a scenic gem that travels from the confluence of the North and South Forks in south Newark, through Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve.  There is a canoe and kayak launch at Riverview Preserve in South Newark, and canoe and kayak access at both ends of Blackhand Gorge at Brownsville Road and at Toboso Road.