Nature Notes: T.J. Evans Trail, Metro Parks and more

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Licking County trail falling into disrepair

Watch for our Biketacular issue coming out this week, in which I braved many mountain and road trails in a quest to offer the best ride ideas for al you cycling enthusiasts.

I was going to do some of this trail out in Licking County, remembering a Joe Blundo feature in 2005 that lauded the passage.

But then I read this Dispatch story.

Licking County residents have nearly 40 miles of bike trail to enjoy. They just have to watch out for the potholes, cracks and creek erosion.

The T.J. Evans Recreational Trail, which spans Licking County from Alexandria to Toboso, has been falling into disrepair since $50,000 stopped flowing annually from the county budget in 2006.

At a meeting last week, the Licking Park District discussed a five-year plan for the badly needed repairs, said Rich Niccum, the program coordinator. About 250,000 people use the trail each year.

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A whitetail deer stands at Blacklick Woods Metro Park

Metro Parks activity update

Wading in the Creek Blacklick Woods Monday, July 16 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The suggested age range for this two-mile trip down Blacklick Creek is 6-12, but I don't see why older people wouldn't enjoy catching riverside critters. Bring closed-toe wading shoes; nets and other equipment will be provided.

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Nocturnal Flyers Clear Creek Saturday, July 14 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

A rugged two-mile night hike in search of bats and owls.

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Davidson Butterfly Preserve Hike Sharon Woods Thursday, July 12 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

On this wet and rather long hike, you'll explore Ohio's only butterfly preserve, located in a farmland swamp. Bring lots of water and snacks.

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