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)

4351 Lancaster Road, Granville, Ohio

3158 Mounts Road, Alexandria, Ohio

  • Click here for Lobdell Reserve 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6210 Grumms Lane, Newark, Ohio

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

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: 8 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. 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~

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