Hike the Quarry Rim-Chestnut Trail

Blackhand Gorge Parking, Heath, Ohio, United States

  • Activities:

    Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    6 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    400 Feet

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Picnic Area
River
Scenic

Just 40 miles east of Columbus, OH, Blackhand Gorge is a scenic getaway that has the geology and hemlocks of the Hocking Hills, but not so much the crowds.

Starting at the eastern trailhead off of Gratiot Rd, follow the paved Blackhand Trail for 0.2 mile till you arrive at the sign of the Quarry Rim Trail, a 0.9 mile trail that roughly parallels the bike trail, but takes you along the rim of the old sandstone quarry that was in operation in the late 1800's, as a source for sand for nearby glass factories. 

After the Quarry Rim Trail, a short 0.1 mile connector trail along the Blackhand Trail takes you to the start of the Chestnut Trail, a 1.8 mile long trail that starts off with significant elevation gain, well over 150 ft (which in Ohio, is quite a hike!). The Chestnut Trail also roughly parallels the bike trail and neighboring Licking River, but remains well above the bottom of the gorge. Scenic overlooks are few, but glimpses of the river and trail below do occur, although usually heavily obscured by foliage. 

At the end of the Chestnut Trail, you have two options to return to the trailhead: 1) Retrace your steps over the 3.0 miles you've hiked or 2) follow the paved Blackhand Trail for 3.2 miles back to the trailhead.

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  • Daypack
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Hiking Boots
  • Trekking Poles
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I live 2 minutes from the Black Hand Gorge and grew up hiking there my whole life! Love it! River is great to kayak as well with scenic views of the Gorge rocks all the way! Lots of history in this area and worth the drive to see!

10 months ago
10 months ago

Dan Barr

A Buckeye with a backpack and a bad case of wanderlust

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