Visitor Information
Native American
 

Alligator Mound Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve Flint Ridge State Memorial
The Alligator Mound is one of the lesser known in Licking County and located off of Jones Road on a hill near Granville OH.  This mound is 210 feet long. Black Hand Gorge is very scenic area with a four mile paved bike path in a 320 foot deep gorge. No fee to visit the preserve. Flint Ridge museum is located on a ridge southeast of Newark Oh in which the ancient peoples of Ohio mined flint for arrowheads.
Infirmary Mound Park Octagon Earthworks Ohio Indian Arts Museum & Great Circle Earthworks
Named for the prehistoric "Infirmary Mound" located on the grounds, the 326 acre park has facilities for picnics, fishing, hiking, horseback riding. The Octagon Earthworks is actually two earthworks connected by parallel walls.  The Octagon Mound is 50 acres in size and the Circle Mound is 20 acres in size.  These mounds are located in west Newark on North 33rd Street. The Ohio Indian Arts Museum is located near the Great Circle Earthworks whiuch was built by the Hopewell Indians over 2000 years ago. The mound is over 1200 feet in diameter and was used as a ceremonial center.

Wright Earthworks

   
The Wright Earthworks is a small part of the former earthworks that covered most of the west side of the city of Newark.  Is located in south Newark off of James Street.    

Museums
 
Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society Buckingham House Museum Davis-Shai House

The Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society is located in Buckeye Lake OH and has items relating to the history of the Buckeye Lake area including when the lake was built in 1830's and the Buckeye Lake Amusement Park.

The 1835 Buckingham House Museum is only open for special functions and is located in the Veterans park in downtown Newark
The Davis-Shai House is a Gothic Revival home of the 1880s and is over 140 years old and located in Heath OH.
Granville Historical Society Granville Life-Style Museum Licking County Courthouse
A museum dedicated to preserving Granville's past.  I has outstanding pioneer collections dating from 1805.  The museum is located in downtown Granville Visitors will view 19th and 20th century possessions showing the life-styles of the late Hubert and Oese Robinson and their predecessors in the Robinsons' 1869 home. The Licking County Courthouse built in 1876 is not a museum but is one of the finest examples of Second Empire stylistic courthouses.  The courthouse is still in use as a county building and located in downtown Newark.
Midland Theatre National Heisey Glass Museum Ohio Center for History, Arts & Technology
The Midland Theatre was built in 1928 seating 1200 people. In 1992, the Longaberger Company bought the theatre and spent 8.5 million dollars in renovations.  Today, the theatre is operated by the Newark Midland Theatre Assn. The National Heisey Glass Museum is operated by the Heisey Collectors of America and has over pieces of Heisey glassware. A Museum, Art Gallery and 100 year electric interurban and displays many artifacts from the industrial history of Licking County in downtown Newark
Robbins-Hunter Museum Sherwood-Davidson House Museum Webb House Museum
An 1842 historic Greek Revival House, now a museum. Furnished with 18th and 19th century furniture, art and decorations located in Granville OH

 

Is a 1815 Federal styled house and has displays period furnishings.  This museum is located in the Veterans Park in downtown Newark off North 6th St.

 

The Webb House was built in 1907 stressing the early years of the 20th century.  This museum is also located at Veterans Park in downtown Newark
Ye Old Mill    
Has been turned into a museum and the original mill was built in 1817.  This museum also has a ice cream parlor, restaurant and picnic park operated by the Velvet Ice Cream Co in Utica OH

 

   

Parks, Preserves, Sanctuary and Reserves

Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve

Buckeye Lake State Park

Cranberry Bog State Nature Preserve

Black Hand Gorge is very scenic area with a four mile paved bike path in a 320 foot deep gorge. No fee to visit the preserve. Buckeye Lake, constructed as a canal feeder lake in 1826, is Ohio's oldest state park. The park today offers endless water-related recreational opportunities including swimming, skiing, boating and fishing. Cranberry Bog is 50 acre floating bog island in Buckeye Lake.  A permit is required to visit this bog

Dawes Arboretum

Franklin Park Conservatory

Frederick R. Reese Wildlife Sanctuary

The Dawes Arboretum was founded in 1929 to demonstrate the value of trees and shrubs and encompasses nearly 1,650 acres of plant collections and natural areas. Franklin Park Conservatory is located on the near east side of Columbus.  If you love plants, this is the place to visit and is open all year. This sanctuary is over 100 acres of mature woodlands with sandstone outcroppings and is northeast of Newark in Mary Ann Township.  This area is not open to the public.

Hebron State Fish Hatchery

Infirmary Mound Park

Lobdell Reserve

This 230 acre facility is location southwest of Hebron OH off of Canal Road.  Fish Hatchery is open to the public. Named for the prehistoric "Infirmary Mound" located on the grounds, the 326 acre park has facilities for picnics, fishing, hiking, horseback riding. This 204 acre reserve has mature woodlands, meadows, and a beautiful stream corridor. Cliffs cut by Lobdell Run Creek afford visitors breathtaking views of the reserve. Eight miles of hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking trails, ranging from easy to difficult, traverse the reserve.

Ohio Canal Greenway

Panhandle Recreational Trail

Riverview Preserve

This is a 3.8 mile multi-purpose recreational trail located on the old Penn Central Railroad right of way south of the Village of Hebron. The trail offers excellent opportunities for fishing, bird watching and hiking.  The highlight of the trail is a genuine wooden truss covered bridge built in 1992. The Panhandle Trail runs 10 miles from the East Main & Morris Street in Newark, past the seven story Longabarger Basket Office Building, to Felumlee Road east of Hanover OH.  Riverview's 110 acres extends along the Licking River through woodland and wetland habitats. This riparian corridor abounds with wildflowers and is home to many species of wildlife. Visitors will find ample parking, a canoe launch site and fishing access.  The preserve is located in southeast Newark off of Ohio Street.

Taft Reserve & William C. Kraner Nature Center

T.J. Evans Recreational Trail

 
Taft's 415 acres contains six plus miles of horseback riding and hiking trails through woodland and meadow habitats. The area is noted for its abundance of spring wildflowers, owls, wild turkey, and coyote. The trails follow hilly terrain and are considered moderately strenuous. The William C. Kraner Nature Center contains displays interpreting Licking County's rich cultural and natural history. T.J. Evans Recreational Trail between west Newark and Johnstown OH which is 14.5 miles long provides opportunities for biking, walking, rollerblading and nature observation .  

Other Attractions

The Wilds

Dillon Lake State Park

Muskingum River State Park

A guided tour (approximately 90 minutes) through nearly 1000 acres of the preserve, where you will see groups of rhinos, giraffes, Asian horses, and many other species. As you ride along the seven-mile route, your guide will provide interesting facts about the animals you encounter and describe their role in the conservation work of the Wilds. The wooded hills and scenic valleys of the Dillon area offer a picturesque setting for outdoor adventure. Whether boating the quiet coves and inlets of the lake or hiking the forest trails, Ohio's rural hill country provides an outstanding recreational experience at Dillon State Park.  The Park is located about 20 miles east of Newark. The Muskingum River Parkway and its 160-year-old navigation system were designated a National Landmark.  the Muskingum River's 10 hand-operated locks are now recognized as one of America's great engineering accomplishments.
 

National Road/Zane Grey Museum

Longaberger Homestead«

National Trail Raceway

This modern museum has three major exhibit areas. First is the National Road, early America's busiest land artery to the West. The National Road stretched from Cumberland, MD. to Vandalia, IL.  A 136 foot diorama of the National Road plus many objects illustrate this theme. Second is Zane Grey, the "Father of the Adult Western." The Zanesville author wrote more than 80 books. Finally, a central portion of the museum is devoted to Ohio art pottery.  The Museum is located east of Zanesville OH about 35 miles from Newark.

 

Longaberger Homestead« is a tourist location for persons interested in hand-made baskets.  There are many gift shops and free tours of the Longaberger« Basket Factory.  The Homestead is located near Frazeysburg OH about 20 east of Newark. One of the countries finest drag racing track.  The rceway is open from April through October.  The NHRA Springnationals are held in June.  The track is located at Luray OH

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