Depending on your bike, you might opt to walk it across the damaged section, which is ~100-yards long. Perhaps I'll return to walk on it, but not toride. We parked at the park entrance and rode our bike along the three miles of trail that are open. We highly recommend a visit to BG, especially so for families with young kids who enjoy the rugged outdoors. Come explore the beautiful Blackhand Gorge! Your donation will help us to continue connecting more people to trails around the country. I was lucky enough to have a family member take me to the Blackhand Gorge Trail. We also went on the side trails. Definitely worth the 1-hour I drove to reach this trail. Perhaps this is to be expected from a trail that passes through a gorge and sandstone formation carved by the Licking River millennia ago, but that fails to lessen the impact of the stunning surroundings. Once you find it it is well worth the time you spent looking for it. If you were not paying attention, you may just fall over and land on the creek unfortunately, it has lots of rock bottom so not really good if it happens. It appear that mother nature is taking over. Have you ever been here before? Trixie Taucher. This beautiful rock formation has a long history, serving as a canal to transport boats and goods for many years. Blackhand Gorge Nature preserve contains a 4-mile bike path and other hiking trails, as well as a portion of the Ohio-Erie Canal. The trail will follow the river and pass by a rock formation known as “Blackhand Rock”. These relatively unknown natural trails are a delight for the feet as well as … 18881 Claypool Road, Nashport, Ohio, US (40.058, -82.2) Show Details. NOTE: About a mile of the Blackhand Gorge bike trail, including the west parking lot located on Brushy Fork Road, has been closed. Blackhand Gorge--Marie Hickey Trail. 5/4/20 - The trail has reopened. Claylick Creek is a small tributary that flows into the Licking River near the western end of the Blackhand Gorge Trail. Easy to ride and easy to follow. We are working to assess the damage and determine how to repair the affected area. ", "The parking lot to the trail is at a curve and hard to spot so look for a river and a bridge and you are there. SR … OUTSTANDING!!! But the trail is beautiful with the Licking river on one side and the Blackhand sandstone on the other. The river can be seen in between. There is a neat rock gorge you bike through. It's so much fun to go there, been going since I was very young. This stream runs to the river! The trail, the focal point of the logo, supports outdoor interests such as running, walking, hiking, skating and relaxing, as well as biking. Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve Trail Info. Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve. The trail is very scenic with the river, rock formations, the nearby trails, and in autumn the spectacular fall colors. The only drawback to this trail is that its shorter length leaves you wanting more. There are so many tree roots (big ones) that it is inadvisable to look up! I did an out-and back ride on this trail for a distance of 8.5 miles. One thing that bothered us was on the Marie Hickey trail. Plenty views of the river, and striking views of Blackhand rock on the north side of Licking river where a large retaining wall may have been installed back in the day. The remaining three miles of bike trail remains accessible via the Toboso Road parking lot. This is a paved trail. SE and Claypool Rd. Begin your hike by following the paved rail trail, known as the Blackhand Trail, into the … This trail will take you to the top of ridges above the gorge and is an out and back. The scenery is indeed beautiful the whole 4.3 miles, but the Eastern half is especially so. 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