Miles and miles of awesome flora and wildlife
The Kokosing Gap Trail is a paved, 14-mile recreational
trail built on a former Pennsylvania Railroad line with
endpoints in Mount Vernon and Danville, Ohio. Visitors
will traverse the Kokosing River twice on railroad bridges
more than 250 feet long with forests, wetlands,
agriculture and villages along the way. A 1940 Alco 0-6-0
locomotive and a 1924 Chesapeake & Ohio caboose sit
next to the trail in Gambier, and a wonderful park with
play structure is adjacent to the trail in Howard.
We would appreciate Trail users following these simple
√ No motorized vehicles or horses are allowed,
except motorized wheelchairs.
√ Stay to the right unless you're passing someone.
√ Announce your presence when passing other visitors with, "Passing on the left!"
√ Be cautious of natural hazards.
√ Keep pets on a leash and off the Trail surface.
√ Be alert at all intersections.
√ Don't trespass! Private property borders both sides of the Trail.
√ Leave alcohol at home. It is not permitted on Trail property.
√ Don't be a litterbug. Picking up any trash you see will definitely earn you points!
Water fountains and restrooms are available on the
Trail in Mount Vernon, Gambier and Howard. In Danville,
facilities are in Memorial Park. Water is turned off and
restrooms closed mid-November to mid-April. The Howard
restroom is open all year. Park benches are located along
the Trail about every 1/2 mile, and a bicycle repair Fixit
station at Gambier and Howard.
A map of the trail can be found here.
A 15-member board overseeing the Trail's non-profit
501(c)(3) status since 1989
The Kokosing Gap Trail, which is owned by the Knox County Commissioners, is overseen by a 15-member volunteer board that was first appointed by the Knox County Commissioners in 1987. This board is responsible for all day-to-day maintenance, development, and special projects on the Trail and must raise its own funds. The Trail board also cooperates with the Knox County Park District.
The Trail board received its non-profit 501(c)(3) status in 1989. Since 1990, this group of people, along with many other volunteers, have used gifts and donations to enhance the park with improvements such as rest rooms, water fountains, parking lots, benches, a playground and a restored steam locomotive and caboose.
also have been used to purchase maintenance supplies
and equipment and volunteers have built a storage
building to house the equipment. In all sorts of
weather and throughout the whole year, you'll
encounter board members and volunteers blowing leaves,
mowing, clearing brush, cutting trees, repairing
asphalt, and occasionally riding the trail!
While enjoying the Trail during COVID-19 guidelines, please
honor the gap. Social distancing rules of 6 feet apply.
Thankfully, there's plenty of room for both walkers and
The Trail is one of the largest, paved rail-to-trail parks in the United States maintained solely by donations and volunteers. Its non-profit board relies solely on gifts, donations and volunteers for support of operations, improvements and maintenance.