Parks and Trails in Licking County | Licking Park District

Trails at Infirmary Mound Park, Lobdell Reserve and Taft Reserve North and South are OPEN to HORSES. To report trees down and other issues, call 740-587-2535, or email us at info@LickingParkDistrict.com ... See Parks & Trails page or Facebook for Park District COVID-19 notice.

Infirmary Mound Park

Infirmary Mound Park

4309 Lancaster Road, Granville, OH 43023

Lobdell Reserve

Lobdell Reserve

3100 Mounts Road, Alexandria, Ohio

  • Lobdell Trail Map
  • 210-acre reserve, including woodlands, meadows, and beautiful stream corridor
  • Cliffs with scenic views
  • 8-mile of trails, ranging from easy to challenging
  • Great for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking
  • Championship caliber Frisbee disc golfing course

Taft Reserve

Taft Reserve

10250 Flint Ridge Road, Newark, Ohio

  • Taft Trail Map
  • 425-acre reserve, mostly meadows and woodlands
  • 8 miles horseback riding and hiking trails

Riverview Reserve

Riverview Reserve

  • 110-acre preserve, follows Licking River through woodland and wetland habitats
  • Numerous species wildflowers & wildlife
  • Fishing
  • Canoe launch site
  • Ample parking

Morris Woods State Nature Preserve

Morris Woods State Nature Preserve

7495 Dutch Lane, Johnstown, Ohio

  • 107-acre forest (mostly beech-maple)
  • Managed by Licking County in cooperation with ODNR
  • Small lake and wetland area(s)
  • Wildlife

Fritz Drumm

Fritz Drumm

The Fritz Drumm Memorial Park is a twenty acre park with plans to develop an enormous sports facility including four baseball diamonds, two basketball courts, a football field, two soccer fields, two sand volleyball courts and a concession stand. The volunteer committee is still fundraising and gathering support with hopes to have the baseball fields completed and open by 2013.

Palmer Road Swamp Preserve

Palmer Road Swamp Preserve

  • 26-acre preserve, mainly wet wooded areas and glasslands
  • Wildlife haven among suburban/subdivision development and I-70
  • Open by permit only

Ohio Canal Greenway

Ohio Canal Greenway

101 Canal Road, Hebron, Ohio

  • 3.8-mile multi-purpose trail
  • Excellent bird-watching, fishing, horseback riding and hiking
  • Wooden covered bridge

Boyd Wilkin Reserve

Boyd Wilkin Reserve

11770 Wilkins Run Road Northeast, Newark, Ohio

  • 160-acre farm
  • Donated in 2007 by Donald & Margaret Boyd
  • Fascinating glacial deposits and formations
  • Open to visitors by permit only

Frederick Reese Wildlife Preserve

Frederick R. Reese Wildlife Sanctuary

6210 Grumms Lane, Newark, Ohio

  • 103-acre woodland
  • Impressive sandstone outcroppings
  • Wildflowers & Wildlife
  • Open to visitors by permit only

Tyler Powell Preserve

Tyler Powell Preserve

Mill Street Avenue, Pataskala, Ohio

  • 13-acre preserve
  • Haven for wildlife and plant life amidst suburban/subdivision development
  • Protects Muddy Fork Creek (tributary to south fork of Licking County)
Welcome to the Licking Park District: Parks

Our parks, preserves and reserves are ideal places to enjoy and appreciate the natural beauty in Licking County. There are dozens of activities you can enjoy amidst woodlands, meadows, streams, wildflowers, glacial deposits, wetlands, a historical mound, ponds, a covered wooden bridge, and sandstone!

Our parks offer trails, shelters, gathering facilities, recreation courts and fields, special event arenas and fields, protective havens for wildlife, and more. Whether you’re here to have fun, learn, relax, observe, play, or attend an event…we welcome you!

Did you know you can enjoy all these activities through the Licking Park District’s facilities?

  • Fishing
  • Walking & Hiking
  • Horseback Riding & Events
  • Picnicking
  • Bird Watching
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Special Events
  • Photography
  • Geocaching
  • Geology
  • Recreation Games
  • Bicycling & Mountain Biking
  • Jogging/Running
  • Nature Observation & Study including bluebird trails
  • Disc Golf
  • Canoeing (launch site)
  • Education
  • Meetings/Gatherings
  • Orienteering trails (scouts)
Infirmary Mound Park
Infirmary Mound Park

4351 Lancaster Road, Granville, Ohio

Lobdell Reserve
Lobdell Reserve

3158 Mounts Road, Alexandria, Ohio

    • Click here for Lobdell Trail Map
    • 210-acre reserve, including woodlands, meadows, and beautiful stream corridor
    • Cliffs with scenic views
    • 8-mile of trails, ranging from easy to challenging
    • Great for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking
    • Championship caliber disc golfing course (5474 Battee Rd, Alexandria)
    • Pets allowed on leash
    • Please stay on marked paths

 

 

Taft Reserve
Taft Reserve North

10250 Flint Ridge Road, Newark, Ohio

Taft Reserve South

10383 Fairview Rd, Heath, Ohio

  • Click here for Taft Reserve Trail Map
  • 425-acre reserve, mostly meadows and woodlands
  • 8+ miles horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking trails
  • Please stay on marked paths
  • Pets allowed on leash
Riverview Reserve
Riverview Reserve

375 Ohio Street, Newark, Ohio

  • 110-acre preserve, follows Licking River through woodland and wetland habitats
  • Numerous species wildflowers & wildlife
  • Fishing
  • Canoe launch site
  • Ample parking
Morris Woods State Nature Preserve
Morris Woods State Nature Preserve

7495 Dutch Lane, Johnstown, Ohio

  • Click here for Morris Woods SNP Map
  • 107-acre forest (mostly beech-maple)
  • Managed by Licking Park District in cooperation with ODNR
  • Small lake and wetland area(s)
  • Wildlife
  • Wildflowers
  • No Pets on State Nature Preserve properties (except assistance animals)
  • No fishing or hunting
  • Please stay on marked paths
Fritz Drumm
Fritz Drumm

4839 Lobdell Road, Alexandria, Ohio

    In 2015, the Fritz Drumm Memorial Fund developed and opened for baseball and softball games, through a long-term lease agreement with the Licking Park District.  For more information on the use of this facility, contact Joyce Drumm, Director: 740.404.3922 or fritz14@live.com
Palmer Road Swamp Preserve
Palmer Road Swamp Preserve

155 Freeway Dr, Reynoldsburg, Ohio

  • 26-acre preserve, mainly wet wooded areas and glasslands
  • Wildlife haven among suburban/subdivision development and I-70
  • Access for educational purposes only. Permit required
Ohio Canal Greenway
Ohio Canal Greenway

101 Canal Road, Hebron, Ohio

  • Ohio Canal Greenway Map
  • 2.8-mile multi-purpose trail
  • Excellent bird-watching, fishing and hiking
  • Wooden covered bridge
  • Pets allowed on leash
Boyd Wilkin Reserve
Boyd Wilkin Reserve

11770 Wilkins Run Road Northeast, Newark, Ohio

  • 160-acre farm
  • Donated in 2007 by Donald & Margaret Boyd
  • Fascinating glacial deposits and formations
  • Permit required to access this property.
Frederick R. Reese Wildlife Sanctuary
Frederick R. Reese Wildlife Sanctuary

6210 Grumms Lane, Newark, Ohio

  • 103-acre woodland
  • Impressive sandstone outcroppings
  • Wildflowers & Wildlife
  • Permit required to access this property
Tyler Powell Preserve
Tyler Powell Preserve

Mill Street Road, Pataskala, Ohio

  • 13-acre preserve
  • Haven for wildlife and plant life amidst suburban/subdivision development
  • Protects Muddy Fork Creek (tributary to south fork of Licking County)
  • Access for educational purposes only. Permit required
Welcome to the Licking Park District: Trails

Several parks feature miles of trails for everything from relaxing walks to healthy adventure! We invite you to grab your friend, your pet, your family, or just your camera and explore these trails:

Infirmary Mound Park: 7 miles of multi-purpose trails open to hikers, leashed pets, mountain bikers, and horses.
Click here for Infirmary Mound Park map
(The Fairy Trail is located on the Wildflower Trail, northeast of Mirror Lake)

Taft Reserve: 8 miles of multi-purpose trails open to hikers, leashed pets, mountain bikers, and horses.
Click here for Taft Reserve Trail Map

Lobdell Reserve: 6 miles of multi-purpose trails open to hikers, leashed pets, mountain bikers, and horses.
Click here for Lobdell Reserve Trail Map

Riverview Preserve: 3 miles of trails open to hikers.

Ohio Canal Greenway: 2.8 mile multi-purpose trail open to hikers, leashed pets and mountain bikers.
Click here for Ohio Canal Greenway Map

Morris Woods State Nature Preserve: 1.5 miles of trail open to hikers only. No pets permitted (except assistance animals).
Click here for Morris Woods SNP Map


Trail Hotline (740)349-4823 ~Call Before You Haul~


Trail Status:
Licking Park District 5-22-20 COVID-19 Notice In response to the public health situation with COVID-19, Governor DeWine’s directives and the Ohio Department of Health’s guidance on avoiding large gatherings, the Licking Park District has suspended in-person programming and closed our playgrounds until further notice. Virtual programming opportunities are available through our website and Facebook. Our parks and trails will continue to be open for public use.  This is an opportunity for families to take advantage of the great outdoors.  We urge visitors to follow the latest directives from public health officials on physical/social distancing. Our office is closed to the public. For inquiries or to report trees down and other issues, please call 740-587-2535, or email us at info@LickingParkDistrict.com
For the latest information on the Licking Park District’s operations during the Coronavirus outbreak, Click here for LPD COVID-19 update and follow us on our Facebook page. Thank you for your patience and be well!Licking Park District Trail Status Update Trails at Infirmary Mound Park, Lobdell Reserve and Taft Reserve North and South are Open to Horses. At Taft Reserve, trailer parking is available at both Taft North and South. If you park at Taft South, please do not park in the paved parking lot. Follow signs to park in the grass field. Reminder for Lobdell trails: the interior trails between markers 10 to 13 remain closed to horses until re-routed, a project currently in planning. Please be patient and stay off closed trails. This section is closed due to erosion and to maintain the safety of users. The Ohio Canal Greenway is permanently closed to horses.

FYI: Be sure to bring drinking water for your horses as no water is available at any of the trailer parking areas. Please report downed trees or other trail issues to 740.587.2535, as we may not be aware of them.

Remember to ~Call Before You Haul~ to the Trail Hotline at 740.349.4823 or check our Facebook page or website at LickingParkDistrict.com before heading out for the trails at any of our park locations. Questions? Contact us at 740.587.2535 or by email at: Info@LickingParkDistrict.com