Taft Reserve

Taft Reserve

Entrance: 10250 Flint Ridge Road Nature Center: 10380 Fairview Road Newark, Ohio 43055

Official Website
Taft Reserve map

About this Location

The Taft Reserve, 425 acres, is mostly meadows and woodlands. The reserve has 8 miles of horseback riding and hiking trails.

The Licking Park District is currently working to develop the William C. Kraner Nature Center and surrounding land to become a unique self-interpretive and educational area.

Notable Trails

Taft Reserve Trails
There are 8 miles of hiking trails at the Taft Reserve.

Taft Reserve has several miles of woodland trails with some skirting the edges of fields. The trails are earthen and grass, the terrain gently rolling, and in general, this park is quite suitable for beginners. There are abandoned houses and farm outbuildings near Linville Road. There is also one earthen and one stone mound on the reserve. Dogs and horses are permitted on the trails.


  • Restrooms on site

Content from Official Website and Ohio Barefoot Hikers webpage