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      The prime feature of this preserve is a narrow, east-west gorge cut by the Licking River through the famous Black Hand sandstone formation. It also boasts the only bike trail in Ohio's state nature preserve system; more than 4 miles of bike trail wind through the preserve.

      The preserve is rich in natural as well as early Ohio history. The name "Blackhand" originated from a dark, hand-shaped Indian petroglyph that was engraved on the face of a massive sandstone cliff along the north side of the river. The engraving was destroyed in 1828 when canal builders dynamited the cliff face, during construction of the Ohio-Erie Canal, which runs through the gorge. Sections of the canal towpaths and canal locks may be seen from the trails along the river.

      The dry hilltops are dominated by oak-hickory mature woods along with Virginia pine and mountain laurel. Yellow birch, cherry birch and eastern hemlock grow on northerly exposures. It is an excellent site for viewing woodland spring wildflowers.
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      Region Status
      Open as of Jul 14, 2020


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      Trails (view details)
      Trails Mountain Bike
      Trails E-Bike
      Trails Hike
      Trails Trail Running
      Total Distance
      11 miles
      Total Descent
      1,545 ft
      Total Vertical
      309 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      1,059 ft
      Ridden Counter

      Popular Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve Trails

      Blackhand Trail

      Recent Ride Log Activity in Region

      • 0 rides
      • 0 rides
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      • 0 rides

      Recent Trail Reports

      Blackhand Trail
      Aug 3, 2020 @ 3:01pm
      Aug 3, 2020
      DryThis is a paved traildcesnak

      Activity Feed

      user #1275881dcesnakaddreportBlackhand Trail
      Aug 4, 2020 @ 4:52am
      Aug 4, 2020
      user #1275881dcesnakaddreportBlackhand Trail
      Jul 14, 2020 @ 6:24am
      Jul 14, 2020
      user #2021358Keith9votetrailBlackhand Trail
      Jan 19, 2020 @ 6:29pm
      Jan 19, 2020
      user #2021358Keith9riddentrailBlackhand Trail
      Jan 19, 2020 @ 6:28pm
      Jan 19, 2020
      user #1916754WALSRUriddentrailBlackhand Trail
      Sep 2, 2019 @ 6:52pm
      Sep 2, 2019

      Nearby Areas

      Dillon State Park 1 9 27.8 km
      Horns Hill Park 6 2 6 39.2 km
      Star Hill 1 6 29.6 km
      McGraw 620.5 km

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike14 miles171 ft2 miles36 ft
      E-Bike14 miles171 ft2 miles36 ft
      Hike511 miles1,545 ft4 miles308 ft
      Trail Running511 miles1,545 ft4 miles308 ft
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