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Biking, Walking, Running Paths

Plenty of Things to Do Outdoors in Licking County

Cherry Valley Lodge’s fitness center.

If you’d like to get a little fresh air while you exercise, you’ll find no shortage of nearby trails – starting with the scenic, 14-mile bicycle and jogging trail located about a quarter mile from our hotel. Start your day with a morning run and explore the area!

Some of the most popular trails and outdoor recreation spots near our hotel include:

Blackhand Gorge Nature Reserve

There is no shortage of fun things to do at the Blackhand Gorge Nature Reserve. From tackling the bike trail to boating on the scenic river, you can enjoy the peacefulness of nature while getting a great workout. Don’t forget to bring a camera to capture the incredible views!

Buckeye Lake

First constructed as a canal feeder lake in 1826, Buckeye Lake is the oldest state park in Ohio. Today, it is an extremely popular destination for water sports, including swimming, boating and fishing. Many people come to Buckeye Lake for a relaxing place to vacation, too.

Dawes Arboretum

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about trees is available for you to discover at the Dawes Arboretum. Its purpose is to increase awareness and knowledge of trees and the beauty of the natural world. You’re always welcome to enjoy the Arboretum’s numerous educational programs so that you and your family can appreciate the value of different varieties trees in our environment.

Flint Ridge State Memorial

Step back in time and find out how ancient people used flint in order to survive. The Flint Ridge Quarries and Nature Preserve provide a full picture of the history of Ohio’s quarry pits. Flint was a precious commodity used for trade purposes as well as tools and weapons. You can walk through this site to see firsthand how members of the Hopewell Culture worked to gather this invaluable material from the ground. Also, Flint Ridge’s museum, which surrounds a reconstructed, prehistoric quarry pit, will show you the labor involved in digging and shaping flint for practical uses.

Infirmary Mound Park

Get away from the hustle and bustle of city life by spending some quality time at Infirmary Mound Park. This 316-acre area is the perfect place for a family picnic or a quiet afternoon of fishing. There are also lovely walking and hiking trails that you can explore. Plus, equestrian events are regularly scheduled so you’re welcome to attend various shows. The park also offers meeting and gathering facilities on the grounds for special functions.

Robbins-Hunter Museum

Elegance and history come together at the Robbins-Hunter Museum. This exquisite home was first completed in 1842 and has a lively past that is well worth the tour. With its 18th and 19th century decorative arts and past additions and restorations, this museum provides a fascinating look at early life in Ohio. Now a landmark, you can explore the 16 rooms filled with beautiful antiques that are open to the public.

The T.J. Evans Bike Trail

Ride your way through woods, pastures and farmland on the T.J. Evans Bike Trail. You’ll also see a refreshing creek and lots of beautiful foliage during this scenic excursion. Plus, some unique bridges will come into view as you pedal along the trail. So get out your bicycle and prepare for an adventurous tour!