2007-06-09 / News

Licking County has 36 miles of bike trails

NEWARK - Did you know that there are over 36 miles of trails in Licking County? That's right! The T.J. Evans Recreational Trail System is enjoyed by over 250,000 visitors each year. User groups have hosted bike races, hiking marathons, rollerblade rallies and more. It's more than a bike trail; it is a multipurpose recreational trail!

The 36 miles of trails snake through a variety of Licking County landscapes. You could start at the trailhead in Johnstown, view the picturesque views of the quaint town of Alexandria and make your way to Granville while following Raccoon Creek.

Along the way you can stop to watch birds, take in the fresh country air, or stop in Granville for a bite to eat. After leaving Granville, you can continue your journey onto Newark. Trail users can access the COTC/OSU Newark campus and ride the trails that wind around campus.

However, the trails don't stop in Newark. Don't miss out on the nine mile section known as the Panhandle Trail east of Newark. Users are treated to views of the big basket, the rolling hills of the Licking Valley, and eventually Longaberger Golf Course. The possibilities are endless.

Grab your family, the dog (and its leash), and venture into the great outdoors. If while you are enjoying the trails you encounter any maintenance or safety concerns, please notify the Licking Park District at 587- 2535. Remember the T.J. Evans Recreational Trail System is more than a bike trail. Enjoy!

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