Heath, Ohio is the perfect getaway to discover indoor water parks, historical sites, arboretums, bike trails and award winning golf courses!


Heath Parks and Recreation

The City of Heath Parks and Recreation Department maintains 10 parks and recreation facilities, including the Heath City Water Park, the Davis Shai House, and the city's pedestrian trail system. The Parks Department seeks to provide a wide variety of recreational opportunities to people of all ages and stages of life. The facilities and programs of the recreation department serve countless numbers of recreational enthusiasts on a daily basis.

The Heath Parks and Recreation Department constantly strives to maintain all facilities, properties, and programs at the highest level of quality and safety in order to provide excellence to all who enjoy recreational opportunities in our community.

If you have any questions regarding events hosted by the Parks and Recreations Department, please contact Charlie Kyle, Parks and Recreations Coordinator, via cell phone 740/334.0954, office 740/522.3361, or email .

Beryl Dean Penick Park is located east of the City limits. In memory of Mrs. Beryl Dean Penick, this 139 acre park is preserved as a natural habitat for animals and plant life. It contains walking trails that wind throughout through the park's beautiful, hilly terrain.

Canal Lock Park located on State Route 79 across from the Kaiser entry. It houses the original canal lock where the first shovel of dirt was dug for the Ohio and Erie Canal.

Dorsey Mill Park located at the end of Dorsey Mill Road encompasses 8.49 acres and functions as an open green space with picnic area for citizens to enjoy. It is the southern terminus of the Riverfront Walkway. The park includes picnic benches and an open shelter.

Forry Preserve located on Licking View Drive and encompasses over 200 acres. Future development plans include walking trails and bike path. The trailhead,completed in 2004, includes a parking area and shelter house.

John C. Geller Park encompasses 51.77 acres located at 480 Cynthia Street. Geller Park offers a variety of experiences with its changes in terrain, open lawns and wooded areas. Notable facilities include the two mile walking path, open play areas, two softball fields, two sand volleyball courts, open play areas, two outdoor shelters and handicap accessible children's play equipment. The park provides a sledding hill in the winter and natural sun shelter during the summer under any of a variety of trees planted as memorials. Geller Park is a focal point for many community events such as the Star Spangled Celebration.

Hitchcock Park is located on the corner of Partridge Road and Partridge Court in the center of a residential area. The 3.09 acre park offers playground equipment, an outdoor shelter, two half-court basketball courts, and picnic area.

Hoback Park encompasses 20.52 acres located east of South 30th Street on Dorsey Mill Road. Facilities include five (5) Little League fields, a basketball court, picnic areas, children's play facility, restrooms, and an enclosed shelter. During the summer, the Heath Sertoma Club offers a well-rounded Little League program including farm and varsity baseball, girls farm and varsity softball and T-ball. The site features access to the South Fork Licking River and wooded areas for hiking and picnicking.

Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve

2200 Gratiot Rd. Newark, OH Phone: (740) 763-4411

A visit to historic Blackhand Gorge provides the nature lover with the beauty of 970 wooded acres and an awe-inspiring gorge. A 4.25 mile bike trail, hiking, bird watching and canoeing are additional attractions of the beautiful natural setting. Old locks of the Ohio and Erie Canal add to the uniqueness of the setting. Blackhand Gorge allegedly marked the boundary of a sacred Indian Territory where no man was to raise his hand against another.

Blackhand Gorge is open daily from daylight to dusk, and is located 9 miles east of Newark, just south of State Route 146, call (740) 763-4411.

Buckeye Lake Historic Cranberry Bog Tours

4729 Walnut Road (SR 79) Buckeye Lake, OH Phone: (740) 929-1998

Take a boat ride on the Queen of the Lake II to ancient Cranberry Bog the only floating of of it's kind in the world. This guided tour has the visitor walking through the Bog on a boardwalk up close and personal to all the unique flora and fauna. This is perfect for garden clubs, conservation groups, bird watchers and educational groups Tours open May - September. By appointment only.

Lake Hudson

Old River Road, Granville OH Phone: 740-587-0907

Public swimming area including picnic areas and skiing in Granville, OH.

Hebron State Fish Hatchery

10517 Canal Road, Hebron OH Phone: 740-928-8092

Hebron State Fish Hatchery is located in southern Licking County north of Buckeye Lake. This 230-acre facility was acquired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1982. This hatchery has 63 ponds, 13 indoor rearing
troughs, 25 acres of wetlands, and 50 wooded acres with 2.5 miles of nature trails.

William C. Kraner Nature Center

10380 Fairview Rd. Newark, Ohio Phone: 740-967-8320

The center has a display room that includes reptiles and amphibians, a reference library and a walk through Bat Cave complete with live bats! Also included is a viewing area which includes a butterfly and hummingbird garden, bird feeding station and water feature. The organization also has access to 450+ acres of Taft Reserve which includes meadow, prairie, woodland and riparian habitats for programming.

One of which provides a home for 50+ permanently injured wild animals which are incorporated into environmental education programs for people of all ages.

Veterans Walk of Honor

Sixth St. Newark, Ohio (740) 670-7789

Winding through Newark's landscaped Veterans' Park, the focal point of this memorial is a large American flag surrounded by inscribed stones. A the north end is a mural by Allen Moran of Bowerston Shale that depicts the military history of the U.S. from the Revolutionary War to today.









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