Explore the most popular trails near Heath with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Heath, Ohio Map

We loved this trail! The trail along the river is paved and really scenic and then we circled back on the gorge overlook portion, which is through the woods but pretty well marked. The kids (13 and 9) really liked it and it was good exercise but not overly strenuous.

Always something new to see

Great place to walk. Flat, clear trails. Several different trails of different lengths. Surroundings are beautiful. Mostly out in the open. Very little shaded/wooded areas on the trails. You can bring your dog!

Easy as it gets! Grew up loving this park. Nice visitor center. Simple to find on the way to Newark. Beautiful gardens, trees and lots of birds and bees!

trail running
7 months ago

Visited on 4/7/18. This paved trail would be great for a leisurely walk or bike ride. I made a two hour trip to run this path and it's side trails. The Quarry Rim Trail has some great views of a limestone quarry. The Chestnut Trail has some serious elevation gain with a decent view as payoff. You can access both trails from the main paved path. The wet bridge area has suffered from flooding, so it was extremely muddy when I went through. The Main Parking Lot is paved with quite a few spaces and a bathroom. The West Parking Lot is a small gravel lot off the side of the road. The area is well maintained and I would recommend if you live somewhat close. There is nothing spectacular here, but it's a nice little area to explore.

We live 8 miles away from this beautiful place. We visit often and love it. We photograph many areas and find that it doesn’t look the same twice which is always a plus. They’ve expanded the acreage and activities by a lot. We’re always excited to see what each season brings and what we’re able to capture photographically.

9 months ago

beautiful scenery for the area with plenty of history to accompany the views! Lots of areas to enjoy and change up for additional visits.

9 months ago

Edit: before leaving I went to the opposite trail head where I found the woodland trails I was looking for. The paths take you on an immediate climb uphill where you get a view of the gorge from above. Stunning. Well worth a regular visit

9 months ago

Was expecting more from my first time trip to a highly rated licking county trail. The whole path appears to be paved. I was looking for something more woodsy. Recent flooding and storms have created severe washout on lowland sections of trail; slick mud over blacktop make walking very tedious. About one mile into trail encountered total river washout over the path and was unable to proceed. This trail seems to offer a promising partial day hike with young or inexperienced hikers maybe to picnic farther out. Best to wait until flood waters recede. Will revisit later in summer.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Love this place! Great for hiking, and just exploring in general. Most of the trails are pretty well maintained but I like going off the beaten path, careful for snakes! : )

Friday, December 08, 2017

Dawes is a beautiful place for any type of outing and large enough you can still feel like you’re getting out of the hustle and bustle and away from the crowd. We go all the time. But it is a little easy if you’re looking for more a hiking, biking experience.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Great trail with a couple off trail loops you can go around. A lot of great photos can be taken here. Very scenic.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

1st time visiting. The kids enjoyed the walk. Dog is 13 years old and did not have any trouble with the trails. Great place for a peaceful walk in nature.

Friday, November 03, 2017

I went with my four boys, even after rain is was fairly easy, please please be careful near the cliffs! Relatively easy to follow and beautiful area! High recommend even bring you dogs too

on Blackhand Gorge Trail

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Very beautiful. Totally worth the trip!

Sunday, July 02, 2017

This was a beautiful walk. Saw 2 deer and enjoyed the water views!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Dawes is a hidden gem

Lots of great views.

Please stay on the established, official trails at all times. Please be very cautious near the cliffs.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Lots of interesting topography.

Please stay on the established, official paths at all times. Be very cautious near cliffs.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Fairly easy and nice if you have little ones.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Awesome park, great scenery and had excellent weather. Was able to walk the Marie Hickey, Knob Hill, Gorge Rim, Chestnut and Half of the Blackhand Gorge multi use trail.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Beautiful but easy

Sunday, November 13, 2016

So much beauty in the creation of nature. Dawes Arboretum offers beauty in every season. A friend and I went hiking mid November and there was still a little bit of brilliance in the fall colors.

mountain biking
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Great paved trail! There are 3 foot paths, which bikes and pets are not allowed on. Bikes and dogs ARE allowed on the bike path. 2 of the 3 walking paths are closed due to storm damage. There are signs currently up warning of a damaged path. The temporarily replaced part of the pavement with gravel, when it is wet it is very slick for bikes. We completely the 8.8 miles in 1 hr and 27 mins, but we stopped to enjoy the scenery. It's a beautiful place to ride. Definitely recommend.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Good for geology and birdwatching. Went with an OSU earth science class the first time. Pretty basic flat walk, but nice features.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

No dogs allowed. All trails were closed except the bike path.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Depending on the level of hiker, you may like the trail or not. Definitely a hike good for all ages though. I call this more of a nature walk than a hike. Not disappointing though. I enjoy nature regardless.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Just went on Sunday, walked the black path (paved) from parking ('A' marker) to 1 mile out ('F' marker) and back, took about three hours with lots of stops for photos, snacks, checking out the bamboo (?) growing along the creek (river?). This was my wife's first hike in quite some time and first for the kids (3 and 4 years old). Everyone had a great time, and I'm sure it has inspired everyone to want to go again. The kids didn't complain at all! They had a lot of fun climbing the rocks near the slot that was blasted through the formation for the train tracks. Quarry Rim Trail and Preserve areas were closed "due to storm damage", according to the signs.

Monday, July 04, 2016

It is and easy and relaxing place to hike. I walked most of the trails and it was over 4 miles. Its a very picturesque and serene place to go. If you like birding it would be good as well. They have several distinct areas which represent very different types of ecosystems. It was very interesting.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Its a nice easy hike. I also did the side trails which were nice and not crowded at all. quite a bit of traffic on the main trail, but not bad

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