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Licking county, Newark to Rock Haven Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I     8.6 miles
We run this frequently (because we live in Newark.)  Our put in places are Everett Park in Newark, or at times, if the water is too high, we will put in down on Ohio Street, where the South Fork and North Fork meet.  These are much easier put in places than what I have witness people having to do at the 315 Bridge.  Last time out we helped a woman who fell at the 315, while that group was trying to put in. Make sure you always bring a mini
    first aid kit!! Out of 10 in that group, not one had a first aid kit. Her scraps were such that we used 2 of our 3 kits that we had with us, and just gave them our other as she would need more than us at that time. Says
Sherry/Trail Name: DivaB

The Newark to Rock Haven Park section of Licking River in Licking County is 8.6 miles long and it is classified as a class I section by American Whitewater. The nature scenery of Licking County and the playfulness of the water beats anything. The starting point is not too far from Mount Vernon, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. A bit of exercise and just hanging
out with mother nature are great reasons to come. Lodging is available near the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are not so many other good rivers for that around here. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners.

Licking River, Newark to Rock Haven Park road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Licking River.
 Whitewater Near Licking River:
Licking River, Licking County, 4 miles away
      Class I - 8.6 miles long (Newark to Rock Haven Park)
Rocky Fork, Licking County, 5 miles away
      Class I - 10 miles long (Hickman to Licking River)
Wakatomica Creek, Muskingum County, 11 miles away
      Class II+ - 12 miles long (to Muskingum River)
Licking River, Licking/ Muskingum County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 4.2 miles long (Ridgely Tract to Dillon Falls)
Kokosing River, Coshocton/ Knox County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (Gambier to Walhonding River)
Clear Fork of Mohican, Ashland County, 30 miles away
      Class II - 4.9 miles long (Pleasant Hill Reservoir to Black Fork)
 Ski Areas Near Licking River:
Clear Fork, Ohio , 29 miles away, 300 foot drop, 6 lifts, 10 runs
Snow Trails, Ohio , 34 miles away, 300 foot drop, 7 lifts, 15 runs
Boston Mills, Ohio , 81 miles away, 240 foot drop, 7 lifts, 8 runs
Brandywine, Ohio , 82 miles away, 240 foot drop, 9 lifts, 10 runs
Spicy Run Mountain, Ohio , 83 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 9 runs
Mad River Mountain, Ohio , 98 miles away, 300 foot drop, 12 lifts, 24 runs
 Marinas Near Licking River:
Cranberry Pointe Marina, Hebron , 14 miles away
Alexander's Landing, Millersport , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Licking River:
DoubleTree By Hilton Newark Ohio, Newark , 8 miles away
Knights Inn Heath Newark, Heath , 11 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites NEWARK-HEATH, Heath , 11 miles away
Courtyard Newark Granville, Newark , 12 miles away
Hampton Inn Heath-Newark, Heath , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Licking River:
Hidden Hill Campground, Newark, 4 miles away
Camp Ohio, St Louisville, 10 miles away
Wild Bill's Resort, Nashport, 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Licking River:
Dillon State Park, Ohio , 11 miles away
Buckeye Lake State Park, Ohio , 19 miles away
Muskingum River State Park, Ohio , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Licking River:
Longaberger Golf Club, Nashport , 3 miles away
Crystal Springs Golf Club, Gratiot , 7 miles away
Forest Hills Golf Course, Heath , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Licking River
Lake Isabel, Muskingum , 16 miles away
Lake Hudson, Franklin , 16 miles away
Buckeye Lake, Fairfield , 18 miles away

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