Licking County's parks, bike paths & trails provide excellent enjoyment of outdoor activities and our nature areas. Individuals and families use them to participate in healthy recreation and educational programs, and to support local environment protection and conservation.
The 13 facilities and related programs, managed by Licking Park District, also enhance the cultural and economic quality of communities across Licking County.
- More than 1600 acres
- 25 miles of recreational trails
- 24 miles of bike paths
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Trail Status as of: 3/10/2014
Trails at all facilities - Infirmary Mound Park, Lobdell Reserve and Taft Reserve - are now CLOSED to horses due to extremely wet and degraded conditions due to thawing. Trails remain open for all other users.
Conditions will be continue to be monitored and trails reopened as soon as there is sufficient improvement in condition for safety and maintaining the integrity of the trails.
Thank you for your cooperation in observing the trail closures.
Tree trimming and removal work continues on the TJ Evans Bike Path this week along Raccoon Valley Road. Asplundh crews are removing dead and dying trees along the bike path.
Please use extreme caution if using the path near this area. Expect closures directly in and adjacent to the work area.
For your safety, please observe all warning signs and instructions from the work crew. Thank you for your cooperation as improvements and safety issues are addressed along the bike path.
Remember to check Facebook, the trail hotline 740.349.4823 or the website lickingparkdistrict.com, before heading out for the trails at any of the park locations.
Full Moon Night Hike
When: Friday, March 14, 8pm
Where: Shelter 4, Infirmary Mound Park, 4309 Lancaster Road, Granville, OH 43023.
Join us as we walk by the light of the Full Worm Moon this March. Depending on the weather, we should be hearing the first of the spring amphibians! This hike will be led by Park Director Bob Williams and last about an hour depending on trail conditions. Please dress appropriately for weather and terrain. Feel free to bring a flashlight but be prepared to keep it off- the moon will light our way!
Saturday Morning Hike
When: Saturday, March 22, 9-10:30am Where: Lobdell Reserve, 3100 Mounts Road, Alexandria, OH 43001.
Ever wondered how the cliffs at Lobdell Reserve were formed or what type of rock they are composed of? OSU Newark Professor Dan Leavell will answer these questions and more as he leads us on a geologic adventure around Lobdell Reserve! We will meet at the Mounts Road parking lot and make our way around the 210 acre reserve. Please dress appropriately for off-trail hiking and weather. Call the office at 740.587.2535 with any questions.
Recycled Craft Night
When: Monday, March 31, 6-7:30pm
Where: Kraner Nature Center, Taft Reserve South, 10383 Fairview Road, Newark, OH 43056.
We will be constructing bottle top mural signs for the Natural Resources Area at the Hartford Fair! Come help us create these large group masterpieces and make a small one of your own to take home. We will be holding bottle top art sessions in March, May and July in partnership with Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District and Licking County Recycling. Please call the office at 740.587.2535 with any questions.
Breakfast with the Birds
When: Thursday, April 3, 7-9am
Where: Kraner Nature Center, Taft Reserve South, 10383 Fairview Rd, Newark, OH 43056
Once a month, we will be having breakfast with the birds! Join us at the Nature Center to view wildlife through the window, enjoy some coffee and pastries, and meet some new friends. Don't know much about birds? No problem! Come learn more in a relaxed group setting. Please call the office at 740.587.2535 with any questions.
Doggie Day Out Dog Park Fundraiser
When: Saturday, April 5, 1-5pm
Where: Infirmary Mound Park, James Bradley Senior Center, 4309 Lancaster Rd (SR 37), Granville, OH 43046
Come out with your friendly canine for the Paws2Play Doggie Day Out Fundraiser! There will be awesome silent auction items to bid on, local vendors and of course, the Infirmary Mound Park to play in! Funds raised will go toward the purchase of amenities for the new dog park... water fountains, benches, trees and landscaping and agility and other dog play features!
Please call the office at 740.587.2535 with any questions.