Welcome to the Licking Park District

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!

The Licking Park District manages 1,600+ acres on eleven sites across Licking County. We also manage 46+ miles of paved multi-use trails and 30+ miles of natural surface trails.

For information on ongoing events such as the Fairy Trail and LPD Challenges please visit the Activities page.

In the Parks

A group of people walking on a trail through the woods

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

An individual walking upon a wooden trail in the woods

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 46 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

A group of people canoeing out on the water

There is a canoe and kayak launch at Riverview Preserve in South Newark, another at Staddens Landing on Staddens Bridge Rd in East Newark and canoe and kayak access at both ends of Blackhand Gorge at Brownsville Road and at Toboso Road.