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 structures 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 and electric bikes.
√ 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, bicycle Fixit stations and restrooms are
available on the trail in Mount Vernon, Gambier, Howard
and Danville. Water is turned off and restrooms closed
mid-November to mid-April, but the Howard restroom is open
all year. Park benches are located along the trail about
every 1/2 mile.
Our 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!
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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.