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Wildflower Hike at Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve

Posted on 4/28/2014 by State Nature Preserves

Interpretive walk to focus on native wildflowers

Spring provides a variety of pastel blooms in Ohio’s woodlands. Visitors are invited to join a family-friendly wildlflower hike at Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve. Hosted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, the walk will be held on Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. until noon.

Participants should wear sturdy hiking shoes for the 2-mile hike. Children are welcome, but please remember pets are not allowed in state nature preserves. The hike will begin from the pioneer cabin located in the preserve’s Toboso Road parking lot.

In addition to an array of wildflowers, this Licking County preserve also features a geologically spectactular narrow sandstone gorge cut by the Licking County. To learn more about the preserve on the Blackhand Gorge Web page.

Blackhand Gorge is located about 8 miles east of Newark on State Route 16. Exit southeast on State Route 146 and proceed .5 mile to County Road 273. The preserve’s entrance and parking lot are 1.5 miles south on County Road 273, just outside Toboso.