Guided Paddle and Hike of a hidden gem

Heath, United States

Experience hosted by Paula

4 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This Host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 4 people
Includes food

What you'll do

You'll load up the gear and head with me to the put in to the Licking River. There we will paddle in the meandering water with occasional small rapid spots. This 2 hour river trip will include beautiful sights and the chance to spot many river side creatures, perhaps a bald eagle! Afterwards, we will secure our gear and hike the trails along the river discussing local history and folk lore and enjoying the most amazing sandstone formations in area. A delicious picnic lunch in the preserve is included to help sustain the energy to fully enjoy the treasures of Blackhand Gorge.
Other things to note
If you are coming from Columbus, we can meet in the 270 loop to ride together. I will supply and haul the kayaks, paddles and lifejackets. Where quick drying clothing appropriate to the temperature.
You'll load up the gear and head with me to the put in to the Licking River. There we will paddle in the meandering water with occasional small rapid spots. This 2 hour river trip will include beautiful sights and the chance to spot many river side creatures, perhaps a bald eagle! Afterwards, we will secure our gear and hike the trails along the river discussing local history and folk lore and enjoying the most amazing sandstone formations in are…

What's included

  • Food
    A picnic lunch will be provided in the preserve. Dietary needs can be accom...

Meet your host, Paula

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 3 Reviews
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I am an enthusiastic experienced kayaker/hiker who has the passion to share the physical experience in a tranquil setting with beginners to experienced water sport enthusiasts. I've been doing paddle tours since 2006, and will lead you to the best possible spots so you get the most out of your paddling adventure.

In addition as a lifelong educator who started leading guided tours as a student at the school located at the trailhead of Blackhand Gorge, an Ohio nature preserve, featuring some of the best scenery in the state, gives participants a unique insight into this natural treasure
I am an enthusiastic experienced kayaker/hiker who has the passion to share the physical experience in a tranquil setting with beginners to experienced water sport enthusiasts. I've been doing paddle tours since 2006, and will lead you to the best possible spots so you get the most out of your paddling adventure.

In addition as a lifelong educator who started leading guided tours as a student at the school located at the trailhead of Blackhand Gorge, an Ohio nature preserve, featurin…
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Where you'll be

The Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve is a 4 mi sandstone formation through which the Licking River flows in Licking County, Ohio, United States. Located 12mi east of Newark near the tiny town of Toboso, 957acre along the gorge were designated an Ohio Nature Preserve in 1975. The gorge is a capsule of Ohio transportation history, having hosted canal boats, steam railroads, electric interurbans, and automobiles through the years. (Wikipedia)

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 3 reviews.

Michelle
August 2019
This trip down the river was awesome for Adam and I. I had never been on a kayak before and Paula made it very comfortable and fun. We enjoyed every bit of it! Paula shared the history of the area and we really enjoyed that too. She made it an experience we will never forget :)
Heather
August 2019
A perfect experience, with everything thought of and planned out in advance. Paula was knowledgeable and her contagious excitement gave a great vibe to the whole day. Definitely would recommend.
Jennifer
May 2019
We absolutely adored this experience. We had a very relaxed paddle with with an experienced local guide who was very knowledgeable about the local history. Paula was very careful about checking water levels before we arrived and preparing for weather conditions. She included hiking to interesting and photogenic natural and historical features. We were treated to a healthy lunch and sparkling grape juice for our anniversary. I can’t promise you this, but we also got to watch Paula save two fawn who were trapped on the river bank. So much fun!

Activity advisory

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Know your comfort level
Please note outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 14 and up can attend.

What to bring

Quick drying clothes appropriate for the weather, hiking shoes( tennis shoes would work)