Welcome to the Licking Park District

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

Trail Status as of: 2/9/2015

Trails at Infirmary Mound Park, Taft Reserve and Lobdell Reserve are currently open to all users.

Remember ~ Call Before You Haul ~ to the trail hotline (740.349.4823) or check Facebook (Licking Park District), or the website (lickingparkdistrict.com), before heading out for the trails at any of the park locations.

Upcoming Events

Curious Kids- The Works
Curious Kids is a wonderful program held every Tuesday at The Works. Each Tuesday brings a new art or science related theme for kids to explore. Participation in Curious Kids is included with museum admission.
During the school year (September - May), Curious Kids themes focus on pre-school age children (2-6 years). In the summer (June - August), children up to 12 years of age can enjoy awesome hands-on workshops hosted in partnership with businesses and organizations from all around central Ohio.

March 3 - 10:30AM- Licking Park District-Playing in a Frog Band.
Spring has sprung and that means the local wildlife are waking up. Come learn who sings in our resident frog chorus this spring!

April 7 - 10:30AM- Licking Park District-- Licking Park District- Grow as We Go
All living things grow and change over their lifetime, including wildlife. We’ll explore how local animals change over the course of their life. Bring a baby picture so we can see how you’ve changed!

May 5 - 10:30AM- Licking Park District-- Licking Park District- Bird Beak Buffet
The size and shape of a bird’s beak enables it to eat certain kinds of foods. Children will learn about the special adaptations of bird beaks through activity stations.

Full Moon Hike
When: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 7PM
Where: Mounts Road Parking Lot, Lobdell Reserve
Come join us as we hike by the light of the moon! This hike will be led by a staff member and last about an hour depending on trail conditions. Please dress appropriately for weather and terrain. Feel free to bring a flashlight.

Pancake Breakfast- Hartford Fair Natural Resources Area
When: Saturday, March 7, 2015, 8-10:30AM
Where: Church Of Ascension, Rt 37 south of Johnstown
Support the Hartford Fair’s Natural Resources Area at our Annual Pancake Breakfast. Drop in for pancakes, sausage, eggs, OJ, milk and coffee at the Church of Ascension, south of Johnstown on Rt 37. Cost: $5

Saturday Morning Hike- Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve
When: Saturday March 28, 2015, 11AM-1:30PM
Where: Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve, 2200 Gratiot Rd SE, Newark, OH 43056
Join us every month in 2015 on the 4th Saturday morning for a hike along the paths and trails of the park district highlighting the flora and fauna of Licking County. This month we will be joined by OSU geologist Dan Leavell for a walking tour of Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve. Blackhand Gorge offers excellent exposures of the Black Hand sandstone, which was quarried to build the Ohio and Erie Canal and for quartz to make bottles and jars in nearby Newark. We’ll visit quarries, old transportation relics and Black Hand Rock. Although never glaciated, the area has a unique environment more typical of the glaciated north. Come learn why the Black Hand sandstone has led to the development of much of central Ohio scenic nature. Sponsored by the Friends of Blackhand Gorge and the Licking Park District.

Full Moon Hike: Vernal Amphibians
When: Friday, April 3, 2015, 7-8:30PM
Where: Morris Woods State Nature Preserve, 7495 Dutch Lane, Johnstown, OH
The first sounds of spring begin with the croak of the Wood Frog and the call of the Spring Peeper. Join Licking Park District staff and volunteers as we explore the vernal pools and ponds at Morris Woods State Nature Preserve! Tonight, we’ll be listening and looking for evidence of these inceptive vernal residents. Please dress appropriately for muddy conditions and off trail hiking.

Remember ~~Call Before You Haul~~ to the trail hotline (740.349.4823) or check Facebook (Licking Park District) or the website (lickingparkdistrict.com), before heading out for the trails at any of the park location